Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Arts in Special Education Minor and Endorsement in English as a Second Language
Miss Brianna McCormick
Hi! My name is Brianna McCormick, and I am a licensed special educator at West Leyden's campus since the 2020-2021 school year. I also have a background in serving English Language Learners as I am endorced in English as a Second Language (ESL). I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Education from Roosevelt University in December of 2019. I am continuing to pursue higher edcation at Roosevelt University in the Reading Masters program. My passion to serve students began for me in middle school with my involvement in Best Buddies and peer tutoring. Because of that experience, I too encourage my students to get involved with a club or sport at Leyden, to push students to explore the things in life that excite or fascinate them, ya never know it could lead to a career!
I grew up in Oak Park as the middle child of three kids. A fun fact is that I grew up in the same house that my Dad did! AND, my family had the second largest Elm tree in Oak Park when I was a kid, unfortunatley, it got dutch elm and has since then been cut down. I'm an alumna from Fenwick High School where I was the first female graduate in a long family history of friars. There I was involved in softball, cross country and leading the Best Buddies chapter that I started while I was a student. My drive for softball lead me to get a scholarship to pitch for Roosevelt University's softball team and shortly after I was also recruited to run on the Women's Cross Country team there as well. I will run my final season with the Laker's this fall as I round out my 4th year of eligibility.
In my free time, I like to go for runs or take walks with my dog Gooze. I've also recently moved to a quiet block in Forest Park near their downtown. Gardening is a newer hobby I've discovered, although nobody likes weeding! Reading or watching Netflix are some non-athletic hobbies I find relaxing. I constantly want to learn new things and traveling locally, nationally, and internationally are some of my favorite ways to learn about new cultures, people groups, and cuisines. My most recent international trips have been to South Africa, Israel, Puerto Rico, and East Asia. Much of this travel has been missioned based as I am active in my church community as well as Athletes in Action campus ministry.