Degrees and Certifications:

I graduated with my Bachelor in Elementary Special Education from SLU in 2015. I completed my Masters in Special Education from UMSL in 2018 (1 month before having my first baby!). I have been a special education teacher for 8 years, mostly focusing on social skills and SEB.

Mrs. Elif Perkins

Family and Hobbies:
My husband and I have two small yet very energetic kids at home. Evren is 4 years old and Rumi is 2. We also have two dogs, Layla and Arnie. In our free time, we enjoy driving to local parks to explore playgrounds, creeks, and hiking trails. We love to travel and usually take at least one big trip every year. 

A Little Known Fact About Myself:
I saw Messi play and score a goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup!

What are you most excited about as you join the Givens Community?
I am looking forward to working together with everyone to make a positive impact in lives of students, but also build relationships with students and staff!

Favorite Quote:
“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi