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Ms.  Erica  Petersen
Special Education
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PRIDE program

  • Bishop McNamara High School - 2007
  • Illinois State University - Bachelors in Special Education, specializing in Learning and Behavior Disabilities - 2011
  • Governors State University - Masters in Curriculum and Instruction - 2015


I began teaching at Manteno High School in 2011. I served as an Algebra 1 co-teacher for two years before becoming the high school PRIDE teacher. I have been the MHS PRIDE teacher since 2013. I am also the Special Olympics Head Coach and a Best Buddies Co-Sponsor. I absolutely adore my students and love my job very much!


PRIDE = Proudly Reaching Independence in Diverse Environments 


PRIDE Domains = Academics, Vocational, Communication, Domestic, Community, and Rec&Leisure 


I was born in Kankakee and have lived in the area for my entire life. I currently live in Limestone with my husband Matt and our daughter Addison. I love teaching at Manteno High School! When not at school, I enjoy watching sports (Go CUBS and BULLS!!!), reading, running, DIY-ing (I love HGTV and Pinterest!!!), and shopping (duh!). I am very close to my family and spend time with them whenever possible.