Phone: 815-886-7581


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education MA Curriculum and Instruction MA Reading Specialist

Ms. Chris Southard

I grew up in Joliet and currently live in Minooka, Illinois. I earned my degree in Elementary Education from the University of St. Francis. I have completed two Master's degree programs.  I received a degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University, and a Master's degree in reading from the University of St. Francis.  I am entering my 24th year of teaching.  I taught for eight years at St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, and this will be my 16th year at Hermansen. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 5th grade as well as my current position as a 3rd grade teacher. My husband and I have five children ranging in age from 16 to 19.  Our oldest attends Joliet Junior College, and we have a son who will be starting his freshman year at SIU in the fall.  Our three other children currently attend Minooka Community High School. We also have a black lab-mix named Sammie. 

In my free time I love to read, swim, walk/run, spend time outside, and travel.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach me by phone (815-886-7581), email (, or simply by sending me a note.  

I look forward to working with your children!