Mrs. Christina Sondej
Hi! My name is Christina Sondej (like the day of the week-Sunday)! I have known since I was very young that I wanted to be a teacher. I thank my 2nd grade teacher, Miss O’Leary for inspiring me! I started assisting with a Religious Education program when I was 10. When I was 15, I taught my own 2nd grade class and was the 2nd grade level coordinator. I taught both 2nd and 3rd grade for 7 more years until I moved.
I was a preschool aide while I attended Saint Xavier University, Chicago. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (birth through 3rd grade) and have Special Education approval from the Illinois State Board of Education.
I am certified in Will County. I have substituted for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and for a graduate requirement, I student taught 3rd grade. I have taught Kindergarten for two years, 1st grade for twelve years, and this is my ninth year in Pre-K! I have been teaching for over 23 years and just finished 20 years of teaching at St. Dominic. St. Dominic closed in 2022 and I am very excited to find a new home at St. Mary of Gostyn!
I worked at KinderCare every summer until my son was born. I would go on all of the field trips with the Kindergarteners and School Agers. I had my “Summer Job” for 14 years and it was so much fun!
I have attended Catholic grade school, high school, and college which has aided in my love of teaching at a Catholic School! I was honored to have my Pre-Kindergarten curriculum featured at the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) 2019 conference in Chicago and presented in Denver in 2022! Working with Loyola University, my curriculum was presented to administration, principals, and educators as maximizing instruction with intentional curriculum. It is currently being used at Loyola University to train new teachers. St. Mary of Gostyn is a wonderful school and we are going to have a fun-filled, faith-filled, learning experience!
My husband and I have been together for over 25 years and we have an AWESOME Third Grader that we are so proud of!
I am so privileged to spend such an important time in your child's life with your child. We are going to have an amazing year!
Mrs. Sondej's Favorite Things
Candy: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Fannie Mae Pixies
Songs: too many to list! I LOVE music!!!
Flowers: Sunflowers, Tulips
TV Shows: The Office, Food Network (yes the whole network):) Golden Girls
Place: WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!!!
Drink: Starbucks-Caramel Macchiato, Dunkin Donuts-Caramel Coffee, I LOVE my Keurig (I just need lots of caffeine)!
Restaurants: Shogun, Vai's Italian Restaurant, Texas de Brazil
Books: The Cricket in Times Square, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Leo the Late Bloomer
Hobbies: Seeing plays and concerts, singing, computers, volleyball, cooking, reading
Stores: Old Navy, Target, Dollar Store, Amazon, JC Penney, Etsy