“I am living proof of the transformative power of education, and I want to share these same opportunities and experiences with my students. City Academy students challenge me with reminders of individual learning differences and the need to bring my “A-game” to school every day. My students inspire me to always be the best version of myself just as I push them to be the best versions of themselves. Ours is a truly symbiotic relationship.”
Serving as a full-time teacher at City Academy is like “coming home” for Erica Venne. She completed a student-teaching experience at City Academy as an interim Spanish instructor in spring 2008. Prior to her return, she was a Spanish teacher at Granite City High School for seven years. She is trained and experienced in curriculum design and planning, professional development, teacher evaluation, instructional coaching, program evaluation, vision planning and mission statement writing.
Erica worked for a local summer reading program in the St. Louis area for three years, and taught English Language Arts for Aim High for four years. In college, she studied abroad at the University of Seville in Seville, Spain for a semester and had an internship with the Spanish government. Erica lives in Illinois with her husband, John, a high school math teacher and wrestling coach.
BA, Illinois College
MA, Washington University in St. Louis
Certificate in Educational Administration, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville