Erica Koudelka proudly joined the Orozco family in February of 2017 as an addition to the amazing team of middle school teachers. Having a passion for social justice, Ms. Koudelka studied urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education. The high demand for dedicated special educators inspired Ms. Koudelka to obtain her endorsement as a Learning Behavior Specialist in her second year of teaching. Throughout her five years of diverse experience in Chicago Public Schools, Ms. Koudelka has taught in a variety of contexts across the city’s south and west sides ranging between 6th to 12th grade classrooms. Currently, she is seeking a master’s degree program that will further deepen her interests in education and best meet the needs of her students.
Ms. Koudelka believes children thrive when given the opportunity to navigate the world through their curiosities and talents. Professionally, her interests include conducting research in social-emotional learning and building innovative approaches towards increasing student engagement. Ms. Koudelka enjoys taking spontaneous road trips with her daughter, exploring new cuisine, and spending time outdoors skiing, hiking, swimming and biking.