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Emily Varichak » About Me

About Me

Hello, Panthers!  My name is Ms. Varichak, or Ms. V.  I graduated in 2011 from Northern Illinois University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a minor degree in Spanish Language.  I am currently attending the University of St. Francis and will achieve my Masters degree in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in English as a Second Language in the summer of 2018.
I first got hired on at B.P. in 2015 as a kindergarten apprentice.  I was in that role for 1.5 years prior to being asked to take over one of the second grade classrooms in January 2017.  Previously, I have experiences teaching in both Peoria, Illinois (my hometown) and Chicago in the following grade levels/subject areas:  Pre-K through 5th grade Spanish, middle school science, middle school ELA, and 9th grade composition.
I am thrilled to have found a more permanent home at B.P. and look forward to many years in second grade.  This year, my classroom theme is "Second Grade Superheroes," and we are working our way through a brand new reading curriculum and math curriculum, both of which are boasting wonderful experiences and results!
Outside of school, I love to go on hikes, ride my bike on Lake Shore Drive, attend live music shows, eat delicious food, and relax at home with a cup of coffee in my hand.


Here is a picture of the "snowmen" getting ready to perform a song that they rehearsed with Ms. Chaffee at our Winter Festival on the 7th.  Where do snowmen go on sunny days...?
These six friends got awards for having straight A's in all of the classes during Quarter One.  Way to go, scholars!
During Halloween this year, the students wrote SPOOKY stories, using a lot of descriptive adjectives.  Volunteers shared their spooky stories with the class with the lights off to make them even scarier!
Second grade superheroes are flying high!
This scene will remain on our classroom door so students have a reminder every day of what they will achieve this year!