Mrs. Shelise Zurliene1st Grade

Phone Number: 618-228-7245, Ext. 155

I was born on July 2nd in the 70’s at Scott AFB here in Illinois. My dad was in the Air Force, so we moved to several places throughout my life. Besides living in O’Fallon and Belleville, I have lived in Kansas City, MO; Clovis, NM; and Honolulu, HI. In 1994, my dad retired from the Air Force, and my family settled in Belleville.

I attended two elementary schools, one intermediate school, and two high schools in my educational career.  I graduated from Belleville East High School in Belleville, IL.  I then attended Belleville Area College (now SWIC) where I received my Associate’s degree.  Following BAC, I attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1996.

My first teaching job was at St. John Neumann Catholic School in Maryville, IL.  I taught K-8 Spanish and P.E.  After teaching there for two years, I took a job in Freeburg at the Jr. High.  I taught 7th Grade Spanish and Literature there for seven years. This is my eleventh year here at Aviston Elementary and my twentieth year teaching.  It is also my first year teaching 1st Grade.  I spent ten years in the jr. high wing and decided it was time for a change.  I love 1st Grade, and I’m glad I made the switch.

My husband (an Aviston native) and I moved to town in 2002.  We have three children and two dogs, so we stay very busy.  We can be found most often attending kids’ sporting events or other activities.  There’s never a dull moment at our house. 🙂

I love our town and our school.  I am very proud to live and to teach in such a great community.

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