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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.

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.

Breakfast & Lunch Meals Available for Students March 17-March 20
Alex LeMoine

Breakfast and lunch meals for students will be available at Crystal Lake Central High School from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20. Food service will not be available on Monday, March 16.

Breakfast and lunch meals for students will be available at Crystal Lake Central High School from 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20. Food service will not be available on Monday, March 16.

Students from any district 155 or district 47 school will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch meals for the remainder of the week on any of the open days (i.e. on Tuesday, a student would be able to pick up four breakfast and four lunch meals). Food pickup will be located at the east side of the building, at the Field House Entrance where a sign will be posted. Parking is available in the lot off of Walkup Ave.

This Week on #WorkforceWednesday: Meet the Founders of Eight-Bot, Inc.
Alex LeMoine

Michael Stonis and Nathan Yorke both graduated from Prairie Ridge High School in 2002. After years working in the field of technology and software development, the two founded Eight-Bot, a mobile application development company based in Chicago, IL.

Michael Stonis and Nathan Yorke both graduated from Prairie Ridge High School in 2002. After years working in the field of technology and software development, the two founded Eight-Bot, a mobile application development company based in Chicago, IL.

President of Eight-Bot, Michael Stonis, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and founded a consulting firm prior to the inception of Eight-Bot, considers himself to be a ‘systems architect’.

“I build out a lot of our systems and kind of set up the foundations for what other developers use or what our clients end up using. I do a lot of work with iOS and Android,” said Stonis. 

Stonis’ fellow software engineer at Eight-Bot and longtime friend, Nathan Yorke, followed a similar trajectory. After graduating from Prairie Ridge, Yorke also attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and earned a degree in computer information systems. 

“I’ve always built things...or fixed things, whether it was working with wood or fixing cars,” said Yorke. 

Before coming to Eight-Bot, both district 155 alumni worked in various jobs in their industry. Stonis did auditing for large companies, while Yorke did website development and programming at a large consulting firm. Now, their team works with all different kinds of industries, such as grocery stores, restaurants, manufacturers, construction companies, and more. 

“We have to understand how each company works, how each industry works in order to solve their problems effectively,” said Yorke. 

The market for software engineers, according to Stonis and Yorke, is at an all-time high. 

“If you have the skills for programming, you will be approached by companies with offers and I just don’t see it slowing down at this point in time either,” said Yorke. 

In order to better prepare for a job in the industry, Stonis and Yorke recommend fostering strong communications skills and taking advantage of the opportunity to take elective classes while in high school. 

“If you’re in high school right now, you know that speech class you dread taking where you have to go and stand in front of everybody else and talk, if you’re in a consulting field like we are it’s something that we have to do day in and day out with clients,” said Stonis.

Stonis also underscored the importance of a sense of curiosity over technical skill. When it comes time to hire his own employees, the founder of Eight-Bot said he looks for applicants with a desire to learn and improve their craft.

“Doing your own work to learn new languages in programming, or learn new techniques and things like that is extremely important for software developers to stay relevant….your employer will recognize that, future employers will recognize that,” he said. 

For the rest of our conversation with Michael and Nathan on their work with software development and the creation of Eight-Bot, 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.