I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to First Grade. My name is Janine Vasica and I will be your child's teacher. I am excited to get to know you and your child and to begin a very fun, engaging, and eventful year. As I begin to learn about your family, I would like to share a little about myself. This will be my eleventh year teaching. However, this is my fourteenth school year at Big Hollow. I was a teacher's aide working with first and second graders in the resource and cross-categorical classrooms for three years. I received my first teaching certificate in secondary education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History several years ago from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. I substitute taught for a year, got married and had a child. I decided to put my teaching career on hold to raise my daughter. However, I have always wanted to teach and in December 2005 I was given a wonderful opportunity to become a teacher's aide here at Big Hollow. I fell in love with this age group and really wanted to have my own classroom. I decided to go back to school at Dominican University and received my second teaching certificate in elementary education. To continue to grow as an educator, a few years later I obtained my Master of Education degree in reading and literacy and a reading specialist teaching certificate.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child. Do not hesitate to write, call or email me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year.
Mrs. Janine Vasica
(847) 740-5320 Ext. 3040