Our Coordinator of Dual Language and Bilingual Education
Elizabeth A. Szepesi joined Woodland School District in 2014, following 4 years of service as Associate Principal for Hawthorn School District 73. Her career began as a bilingual 2nd grade teacher for Waukegan School District 60 and then as a middle school bilingual teacher for Gurnee School District 56.
Ms. Szepesi grew up in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Arts in Zooology from Miami University of Ohio. During this time she lived and studied abroad in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and earned her minor in Spanish. She is passionate about education, bilingualism, and bi-literacy. She returned to school receiving her 2nd undergraduate degree in education and a masters in education from Rockford College. She holds her 2nd masters degree in Leadership in Education from Benedictine University.
Ms. Szepesi believes in equality, shared ownership, and shared leadership. She believes it is important to raise and educate students to have cultural competency in order to be successful, productive members of a global society. She leads by valuing students and families’ native language and culture while striving towards high achievement.