About Dr. Walshire

  • August 2019

    Dear Parent(s),

    Welcome to first grade! I am extremely excited to begin my seventeenth year teaching first grade in District 34. I have spent the last sixteen years at Hillcrest and will begin a new adventure here at W.C.Petty this school year. 

    My degree is in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading and mathematics, obtained from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. While there, I had the opportunity to work at all grade levels in multi-age classrooms. I also had the unique experience of being a Division I athlete. As a member of the rowing team, I learned a great deal about community, teamwork, communication, commitment, and discipline. After getting married, I moved back to Illinois and started teaching at Hillcrest. I had always wanted to be a teacher and was head over heels to be offered a job at Hillcrest which was an early learning center. I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University in 2008 with my thesis focusing on the use of technology to bridge literacy learning between school and home. I wrote the final chapter to my dissertation in 2016 and passed my defense with flying colors. My dissertation examined exemplary teaching practices of first grade teachers in the area of reading. I graduated with an education doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and have recently begun writing an article for publication based on the phenomenon I uncovered in my research. Last year, I also started working towards being a Nationally Board Certified teacher in the emphasis area of Early Childhood Generalist and hope to complete the process over this school year. 

    My family life keeps me quite busy, too. My husband and I have four beautiful and vivacious children. Our oldest, Savannah, the artsy and musical one, turned eleven in July and will be starting sixth grade. She loves to read about history and knows a lot more than I knew at her age! Camilla is nine and is our smart, yet sassy, love-muffin. She is excited to be going into fourth grade to do fun projects like bottle rockets. Caleb is eight and will be in third grade with our favorite teacher! He was diagnosed with diabetes four and a half years ago and we have persevered through it. What a brave boy he has been and continues to be a great big teddy bear with all his sisters. Lydia is feisty and sweet. She just celebrated her seventh birthday and will begin second grade. She always strives to keep up with the big kids! It is always hard to believe how quickly my kids are growing up! 

    We feel truly blessed with our children and are filled with love and laughter every day! My husband works in education as well, so we always have a lot to talk about. He had been the principal at Salem Grade School in Wisconsin for five years and will begin his sixth year as the principal at Millburn Elementary School.

    First grade is a busy year and the children learn and grow so much in nine short months. The progress your child will make will be incredible! One of my favorite parts is watching students make connections, especially when that 'lightbulb' goes off and they learn to read. Teaching children is my passion. I am looking forward to an exciting year with you and your child and helping your child to love learning.

    We will be a team this year. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is by email at rwalshire@antioch34.com.



    Dr. Walshire