Ms. Beth Davoren teaches first/second grade multi-age students at Polaris Charter Academy. Before becoming a teacher and joining the education team at Polaris in 2008, she was a social worker in Evanston (1996–2000). She went on to teach for Chicago Public Schools, teaching first and third grades at Sherman Elementary School for two years (2000–2002), then teaching first grade for three years (2002–2004) at Morse Tech Elementary School (in the building that now is home to Polaris Charter Academy). Ms. Davoren received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from University of Kansas, and she holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University in Chicago. She is passionate about teaching her students to read and creating lifelong readers. Ms. Davoren spends here time away from Polaris with her family; she also enjoys running, skiing, biking, and traveling to her favorite place in the world—northern Wisconsin.