Tina Dennis

Educator- in Music & Early Childhood Education

  My name is Tina Bean Dennis.  Presently, I hold a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Wheaton Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education at Columbia College Chicago.  In 2016, I had a unique opportunity to attend a Study Group conference in Reggio Emilia, Italy.  This was an eye-opening experience and it has strengthened my commitment to being a lifelong learner.  In my view, education empowers children to make important contributions to their communities and beyond.  My passion is finding what motivates students to learn and creating a welcoming environment for educational experiences.  

  My earlier careers spanned various managerial roles working in a music studio, as an instructor, and in social science research.  I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Music Together courses for young children along with being a Teacher Assistant at both a YMCA preschool and a preschool in Downers Grove, District 58. Currently, I am an active PTA member and I acknowledge the importance of being involved in my own children's learning.  With a positive demeanor, I strive to inspire and develop creativity and independence in children, while encouraging every family to be a part of their child's learning experiences.  I make an awesome potato salad at friend/family gatherings and enjoy lesuirely days at the beach along with an occasional family bike ride.

Examples of work and philosophy...

In this link to my work examples, you will find:

  • my resume,

  • recommendation letters,

  • my educational philosophy,

  • a documentation panel of a unit that I implemented during my Preschool Practicum experience

  • my poem written to capture my perspective on Erikson's stages of development,

  • edTPA licensure commentaries (planning, instruction, assessment), and my lesson plan examples with corresponding instructional materials planned,

  • artifacts associated with learning outcomes

  • a professional growth plan, and a

  • student teaching evaluation from mentor teacher