Spencer Crossing

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Mrs. Okner

5th Grade Reading & Language Arts
Spencer Crossing

About Me

It is my goal to help kids learn to love reading. If I can get kids to love to read, it will open up so many opportunities for their love of learning. Reading is the corner stone of all learning.

" A good teacher can INSPIRE hope, IGNITE the imagination, and INSTILL the love of learning."  - Brad Henry

Quick Facts

Years Teaching:


Graduated From:

Illinois State University (Bachelors)
Governors State University (Masters)

Started Working at NLSD:



Reading, hiking, cooking and baking, shopping


I grew up on the south side of Chicago in Chicago Heights. We were previously residents of Homewood. My family and I moved to Lockport in 2015. We have two sons, Benjamin and Weston. We love to go on nature walks, read books together, and play with our cat, Gizmo.

Favorite Book:

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Favorite Thing About Teaching:

Teaching gives me the opportunity to make learning fun. My favorite thing about teaching is inspiring kids to find new and exciting ways to learn. 

"Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."    - Thomas Alva Edison