My name is Linnea Mengar and I am the 1st and 2nd grade math, science, and social studies teacher here at Esmerelda Santiago. I taught primary elementary school for five years in Minneapolis before moving back to Chicago in 2019, this is now my second year at Santiago. I believe strongly in fostering personal relationships as well as facilitating a calm, positive classroom environment. I am trained in Responsive Classroom and ENVoY and utilize those frameworks often in my teaching. I have a bachelors degree from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a masters in elementary education from University of Minnesota at Twin Cities. The part of my job I appreciate most is the relationships I build along the way, please always feel free to reach out around any questions/wonderings you may have.