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Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Moving On: Kelleen McFate

Martin Morales, Reporter

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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: Mark Kretschmer

Retiree: Mark Kretschmer

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

Q: What college did you attend? A: I attended The University of Iowa.   Q: How many years have you been a band director? A: I have been teaching overall 39 years.   Q: How long have you been teaching at West? A:I have been teaching at West for 38 years.   Q: Why did you de...

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

Retiree: Colleen Schloemer

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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

Moving on: Mike Garnica

Danielle Stevens, Managing Editor

May 31, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

  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

Moving on: Jared Perez

Kate Kealey, Editor-in-chief

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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...

Retiree: Martha Adams

Retiree: Martha Adams

Hannah Andrews, Reporter

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

Q: How long have you worked within the school district? A: 15 years   Q: How long have you been working at West? A: Six years   Q: Why are you retiring? A: I am really ready to retire. I want to be able to travel and spend time with my grandkids.   Q: What is your most memora...

Retiree: Joy Saladino

Retiree: Joy Saladino

Joseph Potts, Reporter

May 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

Q: How long have you been working at West? A: I have been teaching 34 years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Marycrest College (1976-1980), then earned a teaching degree from Northern Illinois from 1980-82 - this was a total of six years. My husband and I earned a Master's in Education from Wester...

Moving on: Adam Pagett

Moving on: Adam Pagett

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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

Moving on: Tyler Finley

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

May 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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

Moving on: Amanda Loucks

May 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

“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...

Retiree: Mark Bigler

Retiree: Mark Bigler

Emma Day, Social Media Manager

May 25, 2018


Filed under Features, Profiles, Retiree

Q: How long have you been teaching at West and in general?   A: Fourteen years at West and 41 years of teaching.  Head basketball coaching for 37 years and head track coaching for five years.  I was an assistant track coach for 15 years and also coached baseball and softball.   Q: What a...

Moving on: Guy Heller

Moving on: Guy Heller

Mackenzi Burns, Reporter

May 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Moving on, Profiles

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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