B.A., Saint Xavier University
M.Ed., Concordia University Chicago (in progress)
Srta. Perisee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Secondary Education from Saint Xavier University and is working toward a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Concordia University Chicago. She has visited more than a dozen countries on four continents, including studying abroad at the University of Seville in Spain during college.
Why do you choose to work at MPA?
I choose to work at MPA because the things I value most as an educator are fostered at Morgan Park Academy. As a Spanish teacher, I cannot help but appreciate the diversity of languages offered, but also the opportunities provided for students to help them become global thinkers and leaders. I want my students to not just understand, but experience the beauty of languages and cultures across the world and those experiences start in the classrooms at MPA.
What is the most important lesson you want students to learn in your class?
An important lesson I want my students to learn is how to “fail well.” When I say fail well, it means use the experience as an opportunity to learn from mistakes. Not everyone grasps everything the first time around or at the same pace as others. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do well the first time (or the second time), what matters is that you don’t let failure define you and instead let it propel you towards success.
What are your favorite moments with a student?
During my fourth or fifth year as a teacher, there was one student who had a locker just outside my classroom. She made it clear early on that she did not like me, whether it was saying good morning, asking her how she was doing, or re-directing her. Her responses were often times mumbled and accompanied by rolling eyes. She had a rough start to high school and was thought by some to be a “bad kid” because she had a smart mouth and a temper that would sometimes get her into trouble.
But at some point something changed. Before I knew it, I went from being the teacher she loathed to the teacher she loved and was affectionately referred to as her “school mom” for the duration of her high school career. Over the years, there were a lot of ups and downs, but she is now a sophomore in college and I could not be prouder of the young woman she has become.
This is one of my favorite memories because it was an experience that really showed me the importance of fostering positive relationships and what it means to love students unconditionally.
What do you want your students to take away from having known you?
I want my students to take away my love of learning, language and culture and share it with others.
What are some of your interests and hobbies?
I LOVE to travel and cook!