About Dr. Walshire

  • August 2021

    Dear Parent(s),

    Welcome to first grade! I am excited to begin my nineteenth year teaching first grade in District 34.

    My degree is in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in reading and mathematics, obtained from the University of Iowa. 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 member of the rowing team. I learned a great deal about community, teamwork, communication, commitment, and discipline. After college, I moved back to Illinois and was offered a first grade teaching position at Hillcrest School. I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University with my thesis focusing on the use of technology to bridge literacy learning between school and home. I then graduated with a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in which I examined exemplary teaching practices of first grade teachers in the area of guided reading. I spent the past two years working towards becoming a Nationally Board Certified teacher and officially certified as an Early Child Generalist in February of this past school year.

    My family life keeps me quite busy, too. My husband and I have four beautiful children. Our oldest, Savannah, the artsy and musical one, turned thirteen in July and will be starting eighth grade. Camilla is eleven and is our smart, funny, love-muffin. She will be starting sixth grade. Caleb is our athlete and most active kid. He is ten and will be in fifth grade! He was diagnosed with diabetes six years ago and we are constantly working at it. Lydia, our youngest, is feisty and sweet. She just celebrated her ninth birthday and will begin fourth grade. It is always hard to believe how quickly my kids are growing up! We feel truly blessed and are filled with love and laughter every day! 

    The past year and a half has been unlike any other! We have all had to pivot multiple times, yet what I have seen the most from the kids is their resilience and joy to be at school. I will do my best to meet the kids where they are and plan accordingly to meet their individual needs. We are all still learning how to navigate through these uncertain times and ask for your patience and support.

    Teaching children is my passion. I am looking forward to an exciting year with you and helping your child grow. 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 or messaging me on Seesaw. You may find my website helpful for other information: https://www.antioch34.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=3758.



    Dr. Walshire