Phone: 815-421-7100 ex: 1628


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education Master's Degree in Educational Administration LBS 1 Endorsement ESL Endorsement

Ms. Gress

I am so excited to be teaching in the half day program at Irene King Elementary School.  I have the privilege of working with my wonderful paraprofessionals, Ms. Rose and Ms. Ruhama.  We are excited to be teaming again together again this year!My team and I will be working together to ensure your child has the best year possible.

About Ms. Laura: I possess my Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education and my Master’s Degree in educational administration. I also possess a learning behavior specialist endorsement as well as an English as a second language endorsement. This is my 12th year of teaching, and this is my sixth year in the skunk room. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my 15-year-old twin boys, going on vacations, cruising to the Caribbean Islands, shopping, water parks, theme parks, zoos, festivals, pumpkin patches, musicals, and trying new restaurants.

About Ms. Rose: I have been in an early childhood environment for over sixteen years, and am seeking my Bachelor’s Degree in general and special education. In my spare time, I hang out with my 18-year-old daughter and my beloved other half of over 20 years. I also enjoy working out, spending time with family, and going on vacations.

About Ms. Ruhama: I am Miss Ruhama, and I help in the Skunk room. My favorite things to do are painting and gardening. I love nature exploration and doing science experiments. My favorite song is baby shark, and I love playing with my friends in the skunk room.

We are committed to working together with you to help your child have an engaging, fun, and successful school year. If at any time you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Laura. My e-mail is