My name is Hana Marie Herrick and I have served the UCSN Carlos Fuentes community as a kindergarten teacher for 11 years. I hold a bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in reading instruction from Concordia University Chicago, am a licensed reading specialist, and am currently in the research and dissertation phase of completing my PhD in Early Childhood Education from Concordia as well. I choose to work with young children because I believe that positive experiences with literacy and math early on creates lifelong learners. I believe in the importance of teamwork between teachers and parents to create the best possible experience for our students. It is my goal to create a classroom environment in which each child feels loved, safe, comfortable, and confident taking the academic and social risks necessary to tackle mastering early literacy and math foundational skills!