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Mrs. Dragel
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Mrs. Dragel

7700 W. 127th St.
Palos Heights, IL  60463

Ph: (708) 761-3531

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hello! Welcome to 3rd grade. 

Third grade is a fun and exciting time in your child’s life.  I am happy to share this time with your family.

I spent the first 10 years of my teaching career in Hinsdale School District 181.  Following the birth of my youngest child, I took great delight in being a "stay at home mom."  While away from the classroom I remained active by: volunteering at my children’s schools, tutoring, and supervising au pairs for an international childcare organization.  When my youngest child was in 2nd grade I returned to teaching, this time closer to home at Palos East.

Over the course of my teaching career, I have taught in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, & 2nd/3rd grade multi-age classrooms. I have also had the pleasure of “looping” from 2nd to 3rd grade on more than one occasion.  (Looping is when a teacher teaches the same group of students for two or more consecutive years.)

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Multi-categorical Special Education, &  a Certificate of Advanced Study in General School Administration.  I have also completed additional course work in Gifted Education along with the Illinois State Board of Education recognized “Gifted Institute.” 

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and college age children.  I can also be found reading, walking our dogs, or updating family genealogy.