Phone: (520) 696-6447
Degrees and Certifications:
M.S.Ed - Educational Leadership & Administration Eastern Illinois University, 2017 M.S.Ed - Curriculum & Instruction Northern Illinois University, 2005 B.S.Ed - Elementary Education University of Illinois, 2000
Ms. Karyn Anton-Webb
This is my 20th year in education. I graduated from the University of Illinois (Go Illini) in 2000 and began teaching 5th grade in the Chicago suburbs. For the next 15 years, I taught 4th through 6th graders across Illinois, including several years teaching a multi-age classroom in a public Montessori school. For the past 5 years, I served as an instructional coach, supporting teachers and providing professional development. I am passionate about student-centered learning, and I love empowering teachers to design authentic, personalized learning opportunities. Outside of the classroom I love reading, writing, running, and spending time with my family.
DEFINING MOMENT IN EDUCATION
As an elementary student I was a part of an innovative classroom within a traditional public school. In my classroom, 1st through 5th graders shared the same learning space. Through a combination of projects, small group instruction, and self-directed learning we explored, collaborated, and grew. Our teacher, Dr. Hartig, created a family in our classroom and trusted us to manage our learning. Imagine my surprise when my family moved and I stepped foot into a 3rd grade classroom with rows of desks, textbooks, and silent students. Even at 8 years old, I knew that a one-size-fits-all classroom rarely fits anyone. I knew I wanted to be a teacher who pushed the boundaries of traditional education.
I believe all children deserve an educational experience that is engaging, relevant and authentic. I value student voice and choice, and will always strive to design instruction that meets the academic as well as the social-emotional needs of each student. I believe in encouraging students to be problem solvers, innovators, and collaborators.