Mrs. Francis

Phone: 815-788-5442 voicemail


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Francis

Most of you already know me, but for those of you who don’t, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself.  I graduated from Carthage College in 1985 with a double major in Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.  I began my teaching career in Fox River Grove.  In 1987, I began teaching here at South.  I have been married for 32 years.  My husband, John is the principal of Genoa Elementary School.  We have two sons.  Jackson graduated from the University of Illinois from the College of Business with a finance degree and is currently working in the Loop as a consultant.  My youngest son, Luke recently graduated from the University of Illinois from the Gies College of Business with a finance degree is also currently working in the Loop as a Healthcare Consultant.  Lucky for me, they decided to find an apartment together.  They are living the dream of living in the iconic Marina Tower building.  They are both District 47 graduates and attended West Elementary, Bernotas Middle School and Central High School.  They are living examples that hard work, dedication to their studies and perserverance has allowed them both success!

I believe the most important thing to teach your child is the love of reading.  I know that once I hook them into reading, they will automatically make progress.

Highly Qualified?  Yes!

As I previously stated, I graduated in 1985 with a double degree in education.  I have my teaching license in elementary education and special education.  This is my 34th year of teaching.  In addition to my Bachelor of Arts degrees, I received my Masters  of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 1993 from Concordia University.  I have continued my education and now have more than 50 additional semester hours  in best practices of teaching and instruction. To be highly qualified, a teacher must go through a set of qualifications.  I was granted my Highly Qualified status within my LBS title.



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