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Fun Facts

Linda Spataro...

Has been in the educational field  for 30+ years and her experience includes teaching, developing and enriching curriculum for Pre-K to 5th grade, a Head Start educator promoting school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families, and English as a Second Language classroom push-in programs. Currently, Linda teaches 2nd grade Science and is the Lower School Virtual/Classroom Learning Support person at an independent school in the Northwest Chicago suburbs.  

Ms. Spataro holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University with endorsements including English as a Second Language, Language Arts, and Social Science. She holds her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology from Concordia University. 

I’m very excited to bring the Choose Love curriculum to classrooms and to anyone who would like to learn more about it as it offers something for everyone. I’ve had the opportunity of experiencing firsthand the engagement and positivity of the activities from Choose Love in my own classroom and find this program brings tools for calmness, peace and conflict resolution. I’m even more excited to mention that it is a free curriculum because of how crucial social and emotional health is for the well being of our children and honestly, for everyone. It’s more than just an SEL program, it becomes a mantra for a healthier, positive way of thinking.”

Kristin Hovious...

Founded SEL Chicago to support adults in the important, urgent work of leading with Authoritative Mindset.  

SEL Chicago serves by helping adults create mutually respectful environments for young people with intention.  SEL Chicago facilitates learning as an OSEL Approved Vendor in Chicago Public Schools and collaborates in learning for educators, families and teacher preparation programs. 

kristin hovious

Hovious led Chicago’s Cortiva Institute as both Education Director (2007-2008) and Adjunct Faculty Member (2006-2017).  Hovious continues to grow in her practice and is pursuing her Masters of Science in Psychology at Indiana Institute of Technology, and has recently authored Our Brain Book, a children’s rhyming book written to support adults and children in the skills of self- and co-regulation.

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