Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel
Inspiring in everyone a passion to excel

Hawthorne Elementary School

334 East Wakeman Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187

P: 630.682.2065 F:

Ms. Michelle Fitzenreider

Phone: (630) 682-2065


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Elementary Education, MA Mathematics Education, MA Educational Leadership

Ms. Michelle Fitzenreider

Outside of our classroom, you’ll find this quote: “An expert at anything was once a beginner.” It brings me back to the year I began teaching at Hawthorne School. 2001-2002 was certainly a year that reflected all things new. Hawthorne was newly renovated, the gifted program was newly restructured, and I began a new year in a new position and school district. It was a year for great opportunity and I relished being a part of curriculum development. It was some of this work and professional development opportunities that led me to earning my master’s in math education from National-Louis University. All the while, I reflected on the learning that takes place at Hawthorne. And from there, I taught math courses for adults in a master’s in education program. It amazes me, the resources that I’ve gained and the people that I’ve met along the way from that very simple and new beginning at Hawthorne School. Year by year, I seek to make more progress, forever working toward expert status.

Outside of my home, you’ll find my driveway is often strewn with chalk drawings. I don’t know who likes them more, my three young boys or me. I’ve always found that I’ve been ‘drawn’ to art. When time permits, I’ll often take on an art project of some kind. Photography, especially, catches my interest. On our walls, you can find photos of travels from b.c. (before children). I find myself in amazing places. I studied marine biology in Jamaica and the rainforests of the Amazon in Peru. Perhaps there will be more when the kids get older. There’s also a part of me that’s found an appreciation for gardening. What began as a crash course in hosta (compliments of my mother-in-law) developed into a passion for all things green. Fortunately, my plants outside have a much better survival rate than my houseplants. One of these days, I’ll attempt a vegetable garden.