Hi, my name is Kristen Koppers, and I am a secondary education ELA teacher in Joliet, Illinois where I teach English 2 and English 4 College Prep classes. Being an educator for over 20 years, my students learn to reach their full potential by creating projects for an authentic audience. I believe in higher education to ensure my students are able to reach their full potential throughout high school. Additionally, I teach part-time as an adjunct professor at Joliet Junior College.
I graduated from Western Michigan University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minoring in Journalism. I have written for various newspapers, including the Joliet Herald News and Morris Herald News. In 2003, I earned my Master of Arts degree in English with my secondary education certificate. Six years later I graduated with honors earning a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration. That same year I successfully passed my National Boards for Teaching and became a National Board Certified Teacher. I was only 1 of 4 in my entire district. In 2019, I completed the requirements to continue my National Boards for another ten years.
My husband and I live in Channahon with our 12-year-old son.We have been a part of Grundy County for 16 years. My son grew up going to school in the Minooka District. It was until this past year that we noticed education has changed. I, like many parents, want to see a change in education where it not only protects our children but offers the best education possible.
I am here to be your voice in ensure the children are able to receive the education they need and deserve. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you for supporting me in this challenge as I bring education back to Grundy and Kendall County,
Kristen Koppers, M.A., NBCT