Phone: (630) 759-7200 ext. 429


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University Masters in Leadership and Administration from Benedictine University

Ms. Kellie Olsen


Welcome. I am grateful to be working at Jane Addams and have been for over 13 years. I currently teach 8th Grade Honors Language Arts. My class is based on a growth mindset in that all students are able to learn if they push themselves to improve. You will see that we focus less on the final grade and more on the growth we make in each area. Some ways we measure growth include Lexile level, performance on district assessments, and how students improve on class summatives. A student can expect to read passages from several different classics and then demonstrate a reading skill using those particular texts. We also focus much of our time on writing with units that focus on The Literary Essay, Argumentative Writing, and Narrative writing.

The majority of the work we complete is on Hapara Workspaces. This is where I post notes, rubrics, learning targets, activities, and assignments.