Phone: (217) 362-3150 Ext: 852062


Degrees and Certifications:

AA in English BA in English: Writing & Publishing BA in Elementary Education M.Ed. in Literacy K-12 Reading Specialist

Ms. Brinkoetter

Ms. Elizabeth Brinkoetter is the MHS Literacy Specialist.  She is a life-long resident of Decatur and attended DPS 61 schools throughout her childhood. After graduating from Eisenhower High School in 2000, Ms. Brinkoetter attended Richland Community College and earned an Associates in English. She then transferred to Millikin University, where she earned two B.A.’s: English-Writing & Publishing and Elementary Education.  Later, she received an M.Ed. in Literacy from Benedictine University, where she gained an Illinois K-12 Reading Specialist endorsement.

Ms. Brinkoetter firmly believes that cultivating competent and ENTHUSIASTIC readers is the most important service we can give to our children.  A student who loves to read is a student that will never stop learning, well beyond the moment they walk out of our doors. 

Ms. Brinkoetter emphasizes that the reading experiences we provide for our students should be relevant to THEIR lives, interests, and goals.  Likewise, we must ensure that our own academic, professional, and leisure reading experiences are as transparent as possible.  This way, our students will be surrounded by competent adult readers to model themselves after.  With this in mind, Ms. Brinkoetter strives to aid both students and staff at MacArthur in finding inspiration, intrigue, comradery, and engagement for all aspects of their reading lives. 

The following is one of her favorite quotes about the importance of literacy in all our daily lives:

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics, and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman, and child can realize his or her full potential.” 
― Kofi Annan, diplomat