Ms. Jillian Ruden is a licensed educator who is grateful for the opportunity to serve as Administrative Assistant and Educational Specialist at Doctor Annie Therapy Group. She graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Throughout the last seven years, Ms. Jillian has had the opportunity to teach children (pre-kindergarten through eighth grade) in an urban school setting which serves students in a community with varied challenges. She has served as a teacher leader within the academic environment, and has provided professional development for fellow educators across Chicago. The most rewarding aspect of her time spent in the classroom was the special moments shared with her students. She values the connections made with the children, and fosters these relationships to help inspire and motivate them to be open to new ideas, to increase self-confidence, and to extend their efforts necessary to achieve personal growth.
Ms. Jillian has experience in using various assessments to determine appropriate individualized plans to support children in their academic pursuits and optimize their success. She looks forward to applying her educational practices to a therapeutic setting in which she can make the process of learning a unique and relevant experience for each child with whom she works.