As The Learning Center teacher, Elise’s role involves teaching the primary II students (ages 5-7) to listen and speak while having fun in the classroom! She teaches the students the academic, social, and self-advocacy skills they will need to be prepared for the mainstream. Elise’s favorite part of the day is her morning meeting time with the children where they all have the opportunity to breathe, stretch, and check in with each other before taking on the day.

Elise began at Child’s Voice as a student teacher from Illinois State University. After graduating in 2016, she began as a small classroom teacher and later switched to PII’s Learning Center in the summer of 2019. She loves connecting with her students and their families while supporting their growth. When she’s not at school, Elise spends much of her time reading books and listening to podcasts while walking Chicago’s lakefront trail.