Amanda Speck

4-Day AM, Junior Kindergarten Teacher

There are many things I love about being a teacher at Park West. From seeing the wonder a child has when something that has been puzzling her or him clicks, to having the freedom in curriculum planning that allows each team to meet each child where they are developmentally — there's no shortage of exciting challenges and opportunities to make a real impact. But, the thing I love most is just how warm and caring our community is. I've spent much of my life in the Park West community — being the daughter of Anita, a former student, and staff member for years now — and the connection you get from such dedicated individuals and families is visceral. The commitment and thoughtfulness of my mentors and colleagues really resonates with me. The kind of collaboration and communication we ask of children in the classroom is what we strive for with each other. I think this is unique. I am, and always have been, honored to be part of the Park West team.

Credentials: DePaul University: BA in Sociology and MA coursework in Women's and Gender Studies
University of San Diego Kendall College University of Illinois at Chicago NAECY Icon Member
Amanda's book pick: We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen

Quotes from Our Park West Family

"On the weekend, I couldn't wait to go back. I wish I could spend my whole life there."

—Andy W., former student