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This Week on #WorkforceWednesday: Amanda Gerke's Journey to Chiropractic Care
Alex LeMoine

CAMP ChiroTherapy is located in Algonquin, IL and was started by Crystal Lake South graduate, Amanda Gerke. Gerke attended Marquette University with the intent to go to medical school and progress her career in the sciences. Over time, her trajectory changed and she uncovered a passion for chiropractic care.

CAMP ChiroTherapy is located in Algonquin, IL and was started by Crystal Lake South graduate, Amanda Gerke. Gerke attended Marquette University with the intent to go to medical school and progress her career in the sciences. Over time, her trajectory changed and she uncovered a passion for chiropractic care.

“In high school my focus was just learning what I could, doing well in my classes so that I could get into the college I wanted to get into. I was on the 4-year college path,” said Gerke. 

Gerke graduated from Marquette in December 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. She got a job in the research field out of college, but soon realized that she wasn’t passionate about continuing in the field or moving on to medical school.

After suffering an injury herself, Gerke was first introduced to chiropractic medicine.

“I found a chiropractor, I went and she changed my whole opinion of her industry and healthcare and how patients should be treated, and it was just completely eye-opening for me. So I literally went home and I was like, ‘This is what I’m doing. How do I do it?’” said Gerke. 

From there, Gerke enrolled in a program in Lombard, IL and began her studies to become a chiropractor.

“The chiropractic program is intense. The first two years are all your anatomy, we dissect a cadaver from head to toe in our first year the same way that medical students do. We don’t have to focus on pharmaceuticals, stuff like that because we don’t prescribe, so instead that time is put into anatomy and physiology and how things work,” said Gerke, who cites the study skills she learned as a student at Crystal Lake South for helping her succeed after high school.

Following her completion of the program, Gerke moved back to the Crystal Lake area to start her own practice, CAMP ChiroTherapy. She learned quickly that there is much more to owning a practice than being able to treat patients. Gerke’s skills have expanded as a business owner, entrepreneur, and as a chiropractor.

“In the state of Illinois I’m a physician. I’m a licensed physician, so I’m able to help people with so much more of their health than just cracking a back and sending them out the door,” said Gerke.

For the rest of our conversation with Amanda about what it takes to be a licensed physician and run her own practice, listen to D155’s Workforce Wednesday podcast here.

#WorkforceWednesday is a marketing campaign that will provide valuable content to prepare students with life-ready skills and to initiate and strengthen workforce partnerships in our community which aligns with the district’s strategic plan.

The #WorkforceWednesday marketing campaign is an opportunity for the district to engage, interact, and have two-way conversations with students, staff, business partners and industry professionals across multimedia platforms. To see more #WorkforceWednesday’s be sure to follow @CHSD155 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Haber Oaks Teacher Honored as Star 105.5 'Teacher of the Month'
Alex LeMoine

Kara Murren, a teacher at Haber Oaks Campus in district 155, is the Star 105.5 and Home State Bank Teacher of the Month for February. She was nominated by one of her current students at Haber Oaks. Murren has worked within various buildings in district 155 over the past 16 years. 

Kara Murren, a teacher at Haber Oaks Campus in district 155, is the Star 105.5 and Home State Bank Teacher of the Month for February. She was nominated by one of her current students at Haber Oaks. Murren has worked within various buildings in district 155 over the past 16 years. 

“I have had the opportunity to work as a special education teacher and social worker in various buildings throughout the years. I enjoy the opportunity of building relationships with students on a daily basis and supporting them academically and socially-emotionally,” said Murren.

Murren was nominated by a freshman at Haber Oaks who she has taught over the past two semesters.

“I think Mrs. Murren should be nominated because she does so much to help me at my school and she shows me how much she cares about me everyday. My mom died a few months ago. Mrs Murren gave me a beautiful card and came to my mom's memorial service. She wanted me to know just how much she cared,” said Murren’s student in the nomination letter.

“I was humbled and honored that a student would take the time to nominate me and it also reminded me of the importance of showing up for students in some of their most difficult times, as we never truly know the impact we may have on a student's life,” said Murren. 

Murren continues to teach biology to her freshmen at Haber Oaks while working as a licensed social worker in the community.

“My hope is to provide them with the skills necessary as they become more independent and move into adulthood,” said Murren of what she finds the most rewarding about working in education.

Representatives from Home State Bank, Star 105.5’s DJ Clinto, as well as staff from Haber Oaks Campus were there to support Murren.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Shannon Podzimek

D155 recognizes our responsibility to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and we are following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the McHenry County Department of Health as we make decisions. We understand it’s a fluid situation and we will provide timely communication to staff, students, parents, and our community as we receive updates.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are working to develop an FAQ and provide you more information about the district’s plan moving forward.

The CDC recommends the following:

 

  • Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after your fever* (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) is gone. 

  • Temperature should be measured without the use of fever-reducing medicines (medicines that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

As a parent or guardian, you ultimately make the decision to keep your child home. If you choose not to send your child to school, please call the attendance line to have your child’s absence recorded as excused. 

D155 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

D155 recognizes our responsibility to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and we are following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the McHenry County Department of Health as we make decisions. We understand it’s a fluid situation and we will provide timely communication to staff, students, parents, and our community as we receive updates.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff remains our top priority. We are working to develop an FAQ and provide you more information about the district’s plan moving forward.

The CDC recommends the following:

 

  • Stay home if you are sick until at least 24 hours after your fever* (temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) is gone. 

  • Temperature should be measured without the use of fever-reducing medicines (medicines that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen).

As a parent or guardian, you ultimately make the decision to keep your child home. If you choose not to send your child to school, please call the attendance line to have your child’s absence recorded as excused. 

If you have general questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) please call the Illinois Department of Health Hotline at 800-889-3931 or email: dph.sick@illinois.gov.

 

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This Week on #WorkforceWednesday: Grow Your Passion Into a Business with Chelsie Tamms
Alex LeMoine

Chelsie Tamms graduated from Bradley University and in the same year launched her own business, Lettering Works. Tamms was able to harness her passion for graphic design into a company that specializes in custom lettering and uniquely designed products. Her work can be found all across Chicago, most notably in the Field Museum.

Chelsie Tamms graduated from Bradley University and in the same year launched her own business, Lettering Works. Tamms was able to harness her passion for graphic design into a company that specializes in custom lettering and uniquely designed products. Her work can be found all across Chicago, most notably in the Field Museum.

Before deciding to study graphic design, marketing and Spanish at Bradley University, Tamms attended Cary-Grove High School and was largely influenced by the Art department and the classes that she took there. 

“I loved taking [the art classes] because of the teachers and their involvement and interest in the students. I think it was a really great way to learn how to problem solve, to learn how things work and don’t work, and just be creative in general, so I still use a lot of those things and those techniques that we kind of learned throughout the basic classes to this day,” said Tamms.  

Following her graduation from Cary-Grove and her undergraduate career, Tamms entered a contest at Bradley University called Project Springboard, which provides start-up funding to students. Tamms’ business idea won, and she used the $10,000 she received to start Lettering Works in 2016. 

What began as making greeting cards in Peoria, IL grew to creating a wide range of products, new designs, and services based in Chicago.

“I think the biggest difference between working for somebody else as a creative and working for yourself, is just having complete control over everything that you do. Owning a business, on one hand, has a lot of differences in that you have to wear a lot of different hats and figure out a lot of different things, but on the positive side you also get to decide what work you want to do,” said Tamms.

Of the many challenges that entrepreneurs face when launching a business, Tamms said her biggest struggle was knowing where to start. While growing Lettering Works, she learned the value of asking questions, recognizing the resources around you, and reaching out to people who have experience in different aspects of business. 

“A great example is going to my dad for help with finances since he has a background in sales and really understands the numbers and how to price things...that's an area that isn’t really of interest to me,” said Tamms, who stressed the importance of having mentors both in and outside of your industry.

“If everyone felt like they were ready when they first started a business, there wouldn’t be very many business owners,” she said.

For the rest of our conversation with Chelsie about the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship, listen to D155’s Workforce Wednesday podcast here.

#WorkforceWednesday is a marketing campaign that provides valuable content to prepare students with life-ready skills and initiates and strengthens workforce partnerships in our community which aligns with the district’s strategic plan.

The #WorkforceWednesday marketing campaign is an opportunity for the district to engage, interact, and have two-way conversations with students, staff, business partners and industry professionals across multimedia platforms. To see more #WorkforceWednesday’s be sure to follow @CHSD155 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Haber Oaks Presents the Annual Holiday Store
Alex LeMoine

Each year, the staff and students at Haber Oaks Campus put together a holiday store to commemorate the season of giving. This December, teachers and staff donated gently used clothes, toys, decorations and more to give students the opportunity to buy gifts for their friends and family. 

The students were allowed to make purchases with “academy bucks”, a school wide currency that students can collect for positive contributions to the school community and academic achievements. In some cases, students had been saving up all semester to take part in the holiday store and buy gifts for their loved ones. 

Juniors and seniors in Anne Tubridy’s business math class served as the store employees, helping their fellow classmates purchase items, recording the balances of school bank accounts, and facilitating the buying and selling of goods. 

Alex Lazaro, a senior in business math, said, “We use cash registers. Basically, you have to do things like how an actual store would run. You have to work as a team in order for everything to work out.”

Alex and his classmates applied the skills they’d learned over the course of the semester to make this year’s store a success. Every student at Haber Oaks had the opportunity to participate and pick out a variety of presents. 

Wrapping paper, gift bags and other materials were also made available to students so that they could package their gifts to take home just in time for the holidays.