New Academic Center Supervisor brings experience, passion to new position


Rae Wade, Staff writer

Terri Paluzzi has been teaching for nearly 20 years, dating back on-and-off from about 1993.


During her career, she has taught first graders, English as a Second Language classes, and all things in between from Kindergarten to 12th grade. She has also taught students from around the world – including places like Italy, Russia, China, Japan, Columbia, Mexico and Croatia.


“A lot of times it was like playing charades with them (with the language differences) but I was able to get very close to my students,” Mrs. Paluzzi said. “It would be hard when they would move back to their home land because you build up a relationship with them.”


In 1999, she moved to Michigan with her three children, who kept her busy with soccer and other things.


That would last until 2008, when she went back into teaching as an ESL instructor while still in Michigan. In 2011, she and her family moved back to Chicago.


Mrs. Paluzzi has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.


She would like her students to know that she believes that young people should have a voice in society. She wants to help those students find their voices and learn how to express themselves.


Mrs. Paluzzi loves Yoga and tries to practice every day. She also loves nature and has been a bird-watcher for many years.


“I think it’s fun to share your passions with students,” she said. “It’s important to spend time outside.”