Throughout the years, District 146 has employed many of its alumni. There are currently a number of former students employed at District schools as teachers and support staff.
This issue's Alumni Spotlight features the newest alumni to join the ranks. Brittany Conway has returned to the District's hallways as a Learning Behavior Specialist at Kruse.
Ms. Conway attended Kruse Education Center and Central Middle School, graduating in 2005. She went on to Purdue University where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree, and Governors State University where she obtained her Master's Degree.
We stopped by Ms. Conway's class to talk about the differences between being a student and staff member at Kruse.
Growing up, what was your dream job?
Growing up my dream job would change, but always involved helping kids.
What is one of your fondest memories from being a student at D146?
It’s difficult to choose just one memory. Some of my fondest memories from being a student at D146 include participating in the talent show and attending the Fun Fair.
Were there any staff members who influenced your style as an educator?
I had so many wonderful teachers when I was a student in District 146. I feel like my teaching style is a combination of many of my favorite teachers I have had in D146.
How does it feel to be walking the halls at Kruse as a staff member rather than a student?
I was definitely feeling nostalgic the first time that our principal, Ms. Radde, gave me a tour of Kruse. As a new staff member, I love that I get to work and collaborate with familiar faces from my past.
Is your favorite subject now the same as it was as a student?
My favorite subject as a student was social studies. Although social studies is still one of my favorites, I have developed a love of teaching math.
How is D146 different than other Districts at which you have worked?
There is a strong sense of collaboration in D146 that I have not witnessed in other districts.
What piece of advice do you always give students?
When you think you can’t do it, remind yourself that you can’t do it
What is your favorite part of your job?
Watching my students grow and celebrating both big and small successes with them.