In his wood shop classes at Woodstock and Woodstock North high schools, Brett Fankhauser shares generations of hands-on skills with students while encouraging their creativity and building their confidence.
McHenry athletic director Barry Burmeister approached his dire cancer prognosis as he does with most things, viewing it as a competition. Burmeister worked through his illness and now is stepping down after 35 years as teacher, coach and administrator.
Prairie Grove Junior High School students dissect sheep’s brains and build space ships as part of the school’s STEM curriculum, which is designed to allow students to discover what they are passionate about, its teacher said.
AVID teachers help students develop study skills, learn to overcome obstacles, and plan for the future: "From day one, I made a point to let them know that they are safe to struggle in my class and that I will be there to help,” one Woodstock teacher said.
Erin Harris teaches business at McHenry High School – in a classroom one floor above her father’s woodworking class. Her mother teaches preschool at Montini Catholic School in McHenry, and her sister is a teaching assistant at Johnsburg Junior High School.
Students come to school with “emotional backpacks” where they carry what they’ve been through, one Woodstock social worker said. What’s inside looks different for each student but it can all impact how well a child learns.
Bart Zadlo knew he needed to build strong relationships if he wanted to succeed at Woodstock North and give the Thunder tennis program a true identity. Zadlo's relationships has translated to his success as a teacher and a tennis coach.
Kristin Fries never experiences the “Sunday night dread” ahead of school restarting Monday morning, she said, because she’s always looking forward to seeing her students the next day at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.