Back to school: Former Conant, Palatine High students return to teach for District 211 amid national teacher shortage 2022

Back to school: Former Conant, Palatine High students return to teach for District 211 amid national teacher shortage 2022

PALATINE, Sick. (TOC) — Strolling down the corridor collectively at Palatine Excessive College is nothing new for Sydney Hoening-Coyle and Lizbeth Arreola.

They have been greatest pals since they had been college students right here. Now, they each are of their first 12 months instructing at Palatine. The truth is, final week, they recreated an up to date model of an image they took as seniors.

Whereas they went to completely different faculties, they all the time dreamed of returning to Palatine collectively.

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“It simply labored out for us, and we’re so completely satisfied it did, as a result of that is dwelling to us,” Hoening-Coyle mentioned.

As former college students there, the lecturers mentioned they’ll higher relate to their college students.

“I grew up within the neighborhood the place plenty of my college students come from, and I really feel prefer it’s good for them to have somebody that appears like them and might establish with them,” Arreola mentioned.

Nia Tsoulas is in her first 12 months at Conant Excessive College, instructing college students who had been in center faculty when she graduated, alongside along with her pal, Harris Dibek. Each helped their respective water polo groups go downstate in 2018. Now, they coach.

“I sat within the desks they sit in. I walked the hallways they stroll in, and I will shed some mild on the correct paths to go down,” Dibek mentioned.

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With faculties across the nation struggling to rent sufficient lecturers, Conant Excessive College’s principal mentioned they’re particularly lucky to rent their very own alumni.

“For Harris and Nia, they had been very concerned in athletics, additionally the tutorial expertise, in order that they get very enthusiastic about with the ability to deliver that again to Conant,” mentioned Principal Julie Nowak.

All 5 excessive faculties in District 211 have been encouraging former college students to return as lecturers. At Palatine, they’ve 70 former college students instructing. That quantity will increase dramatically when workers members are included.

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