Prairie Oak Elementary School

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Maureen Coogan » Ms. Coogan - First Grade Teacher

Ms. Coogan - First Grade Teacher

I first started out with a Bachelor's in Marketing from Bradley University. I worked the "corporate world" for over ten years, but then decided to pursue my dream to become a teacher. My mom was an Art teacher, so I always felt that draw to become an educator. So, I went back to school I have my Master’s in Education from DePaul University.

I have been a teacher at Prairie Oak for 12 years.  This is my first year in first grade, I previously taught fifth grade.  I'm still adjusting to working with the "little ones" but I'm having a great time. I love their enthusiasm for learning, and I see them growing and learning new things every day.

I have lived in the Midwest for most of my life -- first the Quad Cities until I graduated college, and then I moved to Chicago. I live "downtown" and love walking everywhere -- even to pick up groceries and run errands.

I’m a bit of a foodie.  I also love to read, cook gluten-free recipes, and watch movies.