We are pleased to spotlight Mrs. Jen McCredy, 7th grade ELA/LA. Here are a few questions the PTO posed to Mrs. McCredy to learn a bit more about her:
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher to make a difference in this big world. It truly feels like a career calling. I grew up playing “school” with my three younger siblings and it was actualized when I took some transformational education courses at the University of Iowa. I always tell my students that I have the best job in the world. It’s been so wonderful to connect with the CHMS community and to get middle school students excited about reading, writing, and thinking critically!
What was your favorite subject when you were in middle school?
Always English and Language Arts. I absolutely loved to read and would stay up way past every bedtime with a book in my hands.
What was your favorite book you read in middle school?
The Giver by Lois Lowry. I still get to teach this classic to my current middle school students! I show them the copy of my 7th grade book with my annotations- even the handwritten hearts I used for my punctuation.
What’s something on your bucket list?
I would like to travel to all seven continents. I love to travel and to see the world from different perspectives.
How do you like to spend your weekends?
My weekends are spent with my family, including my husband, daughters ages 6 and 8, my sisters, and my nephews. We all live in Glen Ellyn a few blocks from each other. We usually walk to the library and parks, watch movies, read, and enjoy loud Italian dinners together.
If you could go back in time and give your middle school self some advice, what would it be?
Embrace the imperfect! I was (and still am) a perfectionist and I wish I would have realized how many lessons come from mistakes, failure, and taking risks.