This is part of a continuing series of Q&A interviews with the people of Amundsen and Lake View high schools.
Q: What’s something few people know about you?
A: Amundsen was not my first teaching position. I taught in Tallahassee, Florida; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Marathon, Florida; and Ft. Myers, Florida, before returning to Chicago with my wife.
Q: What brought you to your current position? What do you like best about it?
A: I’m currently a special education teacher for Amundsen’s cluster program. What I like best about teaching in the cluster program is the incredible students I get to work with every day. We have the opportunity to focus on community-based instruction, and this allows us to explore Chicago with our students.
Q: What was your own high school like? How was it similar or different to the school where you work?
A: I attended Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. It is a small public high school with a college preparatory focus and wonderful sports programs. It is similar to Amundsen in that it has incredible teachers who are invested in their students’ successes.
Q: What’s one thing you wish people know about your school?
A: Amundsen has one of the best and most dedicated staffs I’ve ever worked with. I’ve had the opportunity to work in seven different high schools throughout my career, and Amundsen is unique because of the support of your fellow teachers. We are a family here.
Q: Please share one of the best moments you’ve had working at this school.
A: One of the best moments I’ve had at Amundsen is getting involved with Special Olympics. The students, coaches, parents, and families that support the program at Amundsen are amazing. Starting in 2014, the program has grown every year and constantly reminds me of our remarkable students.
Q: What advice would you give to a student just starting out at your school?
A: High school is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Start out strong, stay organized, and don’t be afraid to try new things.
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