Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Ed. University of St. Francis Ed. D. University of St. Francis ESL and Bilingual Endorsements
Dr. Rita Guzman
My name is Rita Guzman, Ed. D. I am originally from Joliet and continue to reside there. I graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. I continued my education at National-Louis University and received an endorsement in Bilingual and English as a Second Language. I then returned to USF to pursue a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and a second Master's degree specializing in Differentiated Instruction with a minor in Special Education. I returned to pursue a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. I have been with Valley View School District 365U for the past fifteen years. I taught first grade bilingual and K-5 ESL. I can honestly say, that I love my current position as assistant principal. However, I must admit that, at times, I do miss having my own classroom. I enjoyed being an ESL teacher because it allows me to work with students who speak 37 different languages and it enabled me to learn more about individual cultures and customs.
When I am not working, what I enjoy the most is simply spending time with my family. My wonderful family consists of my husband of nineteen years, Alex, and our two beautiful daughters. Our fourteen year old, Brittney, is currently attending ninth grade and our active nine year old, Lindsey, is in fourth grade. I enjoy listening to my daughters tell me about their day and going to the movies.