Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Elizabeth Prigodich
I happily became a member of the Oswego High School family in fall 1996. I have been a part of the English department, but also taught one year of social studies in 1996-97. Over the course of my time here, I have taught a variety of English and literature courses, including modern world literature (which I created and developed as a new course a number of years ago). I have been teaching for more than 20 years, having instructed both English and history for two years prior to arriving at Oswego High School at Wheaton Warrenville South High School. Previous to that, I completed my student teaching experience in English at Downers Grove South High School. I am certified by the state of Illinois to teach sixth through 12th grade English/language arts, as well as U.S. and world history.
My educational background is diverse. I grew up overseas, receiving my elementary education at a multicultural school in Nairobi and then from an internationally acclaimed school in metro Manila. From there, I moved to Colorado, graduating with honors from Denver Christian High School. After that, I acquired my bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill., where I also minored in history. In the early 2000s, I completed my master’s degree in British and American literature at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Since then, I have been working, as I find time, on other post-graduate work primarily in the field of English.
I love teaching. Though I toyed with majoring in psychology and communications, I knew on day one of student teaching that this career was the right path for me, and I have felt that way ever since. I always wanted to help people, and, with my analytical mind and appreciation of literature, teaching English simply made sense.