During the school day, Michael Lofthouse teaches math at DeKalb High School.After work, he helps students use their mathematical knowledge toward real-life applications when participating in the DeKalb Crowbotics Team.
In Claribel Robles’ transitional program of instruction, at Sycamore High School, students are immersed in English, learning the language, and grammar. During class, they receive translation help with their homework and tests.
Scheduling. Planning. Choosing the best personnel for the best position. Selecting and purchasing equipment. The world of high school coaching has a lot in common with being a department head, and a handful of area coaches take on the extra responsibilities of both tasks.
Coaching in one district, teaching in another raises a number of issues ranging from planning, time management, and facing off against current students in high-stakes games. A handful of local coaches find ways to make it work.
Stephanie Snider says she likes to approach life, and work, in the service of others. She’s taken that approach for the past 14 years working in special education at Indian Creek High School in Shabbona.