Andrea Murgu, one of our lesson writers, graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2001 with a degree in elementary education and middle school endorsement in Language Arts and Social Studies. After a few years of teaching, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Fullerton in 2005.
After student teaching (3rd grade) and working as a substitute teacher (K-5) in a Chicago public school, she accepted her first full time teaching position in a school district in Evanston, Illinois. There she was involved in a scripted reading support program for K-3 students for a year. She then moved to California and worked at a 7-12 school in Costa Mesa for 9 years. During this time, she primarily taught 7th grade Regular Language Arts as well as the Honors program, which she designed in order to challenge high performing and gifted students. Other courses include: SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) Language Arts and Social Studies, a course intended to meet the needs of ELLs, a beginning ELD class for grades 9-12, Scholastic READ 180 (a reading intervention program) for grades 7-8, and skills for teens for grades 7-8 where she worked with students on life skills including organization, time management, accountability, study and test taking skills, and homework completion.
Andrea also held various leadership roles throughout her career. She mentored student teachers, served as the middle school Language Arts department chair, and worked as the BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) lead support provider. She enjoyed sharing her passion for teaching and the balance of working with children and adults.
Andrea has taken some time off from the classroom to spend more time with her two sons, ages 3 and 6. She truly enjoys applying early childhood learning principles in the upbringing of her two sons. It is a rewarding experience for her to implement her qualifications as a teacher and a mother. She takes pleasure in traveling, exercising, and dining out with family and friends. She has knowledge of conversational Arabic, Romanian, and Spanish, which she enjoys speaking with family and friends when traveling to the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. She likes reading novels as well as best selling sociology and psychology books.