Ms. Burghgraef grew up on the North side of Chicago. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Secondary Education and History. Her prior experience at an alternative preparatory school included working with students with behavioral challenges, assisting them in regulating their emotions, and focusing on monitoring their own academic progress. Ms Burghgraef loves getting her students to relate to historical events, by encouraging them put themselves in someone else’s shoes. She currently lives with her family and two dogs, where she enjoys painting, listening to music, and watching old movies.