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Moving On: Lori Duquette

English teacher Lori Duquette will move to Wilson Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year as a guidance counselor.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

June 4, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West and in general? A: I've taught at West five years and taught/been a counselor for 33 years.   Q: What got you into teaching? A: I used to play teacher in third grade at my grandma's house, and ever since then I knew I wanted to be a teacher. ...

Moving on: Jason Smith

This year Smith taught Family Consumer Science. He taught foods in particular.

Joseph Potts, Reporter

June 4, 2018

What do you teach at West? A: This year I just taught food classes.   Q: Do you have any advice for people that want to teach? A: Find a content area that you are passionate about and go for it.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West?  A: One year.   Q...

Moving on: Mike Wells

Q: Do you think your skills will change at Central? Why or why not?
A: I will always continuously reflect on what I do or try to find something better or new. So yes, but I will still be the same teacher I am now because of what I learned here at West.

Naomi Walker, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I am finishing my eleventh year here at West.   Q: What will you miss most about West? A: I will miss the staff, and a lot of the students. I’ll miss fun times at events and the extra things we do here, like the lip sync battles and all those...

Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Family consumer science teacher Kelleen McFate is moving on to Central to expand her knowledge on foods education beginning next school year.

Martin Morales, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How long have you taught at West? A: I have taught at West for three years.   Q: What is the length of your full teaching career? A: 22 years.   Q: What will you miss about West? A: The camaraderie. I love the students and I love the staff and the enthusiasm. Q: Where a...

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

Choir director Colleen Schloemer has been teaching for 28 years. She will be leaving West and retiring after the 2017-18 school year.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 31, 2018

Q: How many years have you taught at West? A: Six years   Q: How did you get into teaching? A: I would say that I accompanied. I was originally a pianist and I played piano for choirs. I really liked being in the classroom and decided that I would go back to school and get a second d...

Moving on: Mike Garnica

Q: What will you miss most about West?

A: Just the people here. I have so many great relationships here. It’s going to be really hard not to see everybody on a weekly basis.

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018

  Q: How long have you been working at West? A: I have been working here for six years.   Q: What school are you going to after this year? A: I’m going to be transferring to Walcott.   Q: What is your favorite part about West? A: I really like all the different...

Moving on: Jared Perez

Q:What has changed about you in the last three years you have been at West?


Kate Kealey, Editor-in-chief

May 30, 2018

Q: How long have you been at West? A: Three years, and this was my first school I taught at. I will be moving to West Chicago Community High School.   Q: How do you feel about leaving West? A: It will be sad because I started teaching freshman and now that they are juniors, I will n...

Moving on: Adam Pagett

Associate principal Adam Pagett shows off his Falcon pride with his

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 29, 2018

Q: How did you find out about the switch? A: We know in our positions as associate principals that there are times where our boss, the assistant superintendent Mr. Scott, can move us around. He is the one who alerted us that we would be moving and changing buildings. There are a lot of different reasons ...

Moving on: Tyler Finley

Tyler Finley is moving onto a different career after teaching at West for ten years.

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

May 29, 2018

Q: What is your most memorable part of being at West? A: I have too many great memories to choose just one, but all of them include watching my students be successful in and out of the music classroom!   Q: How many years have you worked at West and what all have you taught? A: I have...

Moving on: Amanda Loucks

“I think one of my favorite memories at West is one of my first English classes of the school year. The kids came in and it started off pretty rough, but by the end of the term, I noticed the change and how much they had grown. I loved how into the things we were doing [they were] and actually enjoyed being there,”
English teacher Amanda Loucks said.

May 25, 2018

“When I found out I had to move schools, it was really bittersweet. I was sad because I love my students and the kids here at West. I was a little bit relieved because I knew I had a job this coming school year. But overall, mostly sad,” Loucks said.    “I’m definitely going to miss my student...

Moving on: Guy Heller

Associate principal Guy Heller will be transferring to Central High School due to district wide changes for the 2018-19 school year.

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 24, 2018

Q: How long have you been at West? A: This is my fourth year.   Q: Where will you be going next year? A: Central High School.   Q: How did you find out you were going to have to leave? A:  I found out just prior to everyone else finding out. My boss came in and said, 'Hey...

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