Get to know a local mama: Meet Brooke

Born? Peoria, IL Raised? Green Valley, IL

University?

Bachelor’s Degree & Master’s Degree at Illinois State University

Meeting hubby + settling here?

Mike and I met playing each other in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Jr High! We began dating our sophomore year of high school and haven’t looked back since! 💕 Our families are from Pekin and Green Valley so settling here was an easy decision! We LOVE being close to family! 😊

Children?

We have two beautiful girls, Carly (5) and Collins (2)!

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Passions, career?

I am a speech language pathologist! I work full time for Morton CUSD709 and part time for Communication Junction! I’m pretty sure I have the best of all worlds between those two positions! My passions in my field are working with individuals who are non-verbal/minimally verbal as well as with littles! I absolutely LOVE the moment of watching communication happen between a kiddo and their parent! ❤️❤️❤️ Outside of work I love to run and sign up for races in the area often!

Best part of being their mom?

I love being a mom and being able to share all of my favorite things with them, but I’ve truly loved watching them grow into their little (or big) personalities and developing their own ‘favorites’! My summers with them are just the BEST!

Summer or fall plans for the family?

We are heading up to Lake Michigan for a mini vacation at the beginning of August to gear up for Carly heading off to Kindergarten! We also love taking little trips down to St. Louis to cheer on our Cardinals and see our animal friends at the zoo!🐻

Helpful activities to keep you little ones active, to pass along to other local families?

Sign and Sign Story Times with Communication Junction!! Library activities...they’re the best!📚 Playing...on the floor/outside/in their room....just playing with your kids! Take time for it...they absolutely love it! ❤️