About Me 
  • Hello! My name is Courtney Waller. 
    I started at Loyola University and later transferred to National-Louis University where I graduated in 2011.  I received a double major in English and Elementary School. In 2013, I went back to National-Louis and received my ELL endorsement.
    After graduation, I immediately started working as a Substitute Teacher in Glenview School District 34 and Park Ridge School District 64. Also, the past couple of years I worked as a Part-Time Teacher at Huntington Learning Center. I tutored students in Math, Reading, Writing, and Grammar from Kindergarten up through High School. 
  • I began working at Nelson in February 2013 where I worked as a long-term substitute in First Grade. Then, in the 2013-2014 school year, I was fortunate to continue working at Nelson as a Resource Assistant where I worked with students from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade. In 2014, I became entirely grateful to continue being a part of the Nelson family and began my first, official year at Nelson teaching Fifth Grade. 
    Now, I have gained experience in teaching 5th and 4th grade at Nelson, and I'm beyond excited to now be teaching 3rd Grade. 
    For me, teaching is about the connections that are made with students. Meaning, teaching is often those unforgettable "ah-ha" moments where I know I have made a difference in a child's life. These moments include a variety of students who all come from different backgrounds, have different personalities and needs, and they all fill a different part of my heart. Memorable educational moments are what drives my passion to be an educator, mentor, and role model for all children.  
    I am beyond excited to begin working with you and your children for a fun and successful school year!