Degrees and Certifications:
Master's of Arts in Reading Bachelor's of Arts in Special Education Minor and Endorsement in English as a Second Language CPR certified
Miss Brianna McCormick
Hi! My name is Brianna McCormick and I teach in LIFE high school and the Transition Program. 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 both my Bachelors of Education and Reading Masters from Rosevelt University. 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 still enjoy running and do many local races and at some point plan to get involved in a recreational softball team too.
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 missionally based as I am active in my church community and I even work part time with Athletes in Action campus ministry.