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My name is Jackie Surdyk and there has never been a doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a teacher.  My mom is a retired teacher, two of my aunts are retired teachers, my late uncle is a retired teacher and football coach, my brother is a teacher, and my sister in law is a teacher.  I come from a family of teachers.

I am from Lansing, IL but lived in Charleston, IL from 2010-2019.  I met the love of my life, David Campbell, in 2015, and we just got engaged to be married in September of 2020!    I moved to Champaign in August of 2019 and I absolutely love it there!  I have a chiweenie named Ivy and she is 5 years old.  I also have 2 cats--Ziggy, who was born with 3 legs, and Zoey, and a ball python snake named Guinevere .  In my free time, I enjoy listening to music or going to concerts, cooking at home or going out to eat, and hanging out with family and friends.

 I graduated from EIU in 2012 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, but my path strayed a bit after that.  I taught Reading Development at Lake Land College from 2013-2015 for students who needed a stronger foundation in Reading before they took college level Reading courses.  At the same time, I was teaching at Sylvan Learning Center of Mattoon and I quickly moved up the ladder.  After one year of teaching, I was promoted to assistant director, and 2 weeks after that, I was promoted to director of education of Champaign Sylvan.  After 2 years of being the director of education, I was promoted to Executive Director of Mattoon and Champaign Sylvan Learning Centers and I stayed in that position for 3 years.  I learned so much about teaching and learning during my time at Sylvan Learning Center and when the pandemic happened, I knew it was my time to help students succeed in school.  I thought there might be teachers who wouldn’t be able to teach anymore because of the pandemic, so I finally began my dream of elementary teaching.  I teach 5th grade at Broadmeadow and I couldn’t be more happy.  Reading is my favorite subject to teach and I am beginning to love SEL at Broadmeadow as well.  I can’t wait to see what I learn being a part of the Bobcat family. 

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