Stagg High School

Stagg alumni return as staff

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Throughout the years, there have been many District 230 alumni that come back to continue to contribute to the schools legacy as faculty. Whether they came back to coach, teach or mentor, they all strive to make an impact on the students, other faculty and the community as well. The love for their school and the community has only become stronger since they graduated from District 230. Many express that the impact that the school and faculty had on them, inspired them to come back.

STAGG HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI

Andrea Beric

How has Stagg HS changed from when you were a student there?

I think the largest change in Stagg for both students and teachers is the effect that Mary Ogarek's passing has on many lives. When I was there, nothing so tragic happened to such a beloved teacher (at least in my memory), and her passing started a mission for students, teachers, and administration to focus on empathy and creating such an environment for the students at Stagg. The Voice of Witness class was a class that wasn't offered or even created at the time I was a student. After teaching at Stagg the last two years, that class has done amazing things for the students and entire school community, such as hearing and understanding others, focusing on sympathy and empathy, creating two publications dedicated to that cause, as well as thinking more so how to bring it into the classroom. Although I always felt heard, wanted, and respected as a student at Stagg, I think that culture is elevated now after such a sad loss. Mary really left a mark and I wish I knew her better as a student.

What was your favorite thing about Stagg HS as a student?

Of course it's obvious to say that my favorite thing about Stagg were my friends. Growing up with them taught me so much about the life I would soon lead once I left there. However, who were more responsible for that teaching were my teachers and coaches. My favorite thing about Stagg was always having someone in my corner, no matter if it was a friend, a teacher, or coach. I trusted them and felt cared for because the people who make up the building are dedicated and genuinely goodhearted people.

What is your favorite thing about Stagg HS now?

My favorite thing(s) about Stagg are its people. It's really that simple. As a new teacher, I was anxious, fearful, and unsure of myself at certain points my first year. I could never have anticipated the love and support of so many of my former teachers now turned colleagues or the administration. It's not just the staff that makes working at Stagg so wonderful, but also the students I teach daily who in turn teach me.

Why did you decide to return?

Why would I not want to return to the school that gave me such a great experience? I know that for many teenagers, high school can be grueling. I would never describe my four years at Stagg in any way but positive. I guess you can say I returned because my positive experience at Stagg made me want to become a part of creating that same experience for my students while teaching English, including the ones who are finding high school challenging today.

What is your best memory from Stagg (past or present)?

I owe Stagg High School many past great memories, the best of which stem from my best friends who I am still as close with today as I was 10 years ago. Small memories with great impact come to mind, like coming into school every morning and meeting them in our "secret hallway" spot located right outside the teacher's room 120, having team sleepovers with the soccer and basketball girls after long practices our tournaments, and prom. Without Stagg, I wouldn't be standing up in Victoria Dellorto's wedding next summer, nor would I have met my fiance. Stagg has given me many blessings.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

I was a very active participant in extra-curriculars while at Stagg. I played basketball for all four years and soccer for my last three years. I joined Varsity Club and National Honors Society. I even became the boys soccer manager for a fall season my junior year. I wouldn't change a thing and participating in all of these extra-curricular encouraged my love of coaching that I have done since I started teaching.

 

Lauren Royer

How has Stagg HS changed from when you were a student there?

To be honest, I'm not sure Stagg has changed that much since I left.  The hallways are still bustling with students getting from class to class, some stopping to chat along the way, while others are clearly on a mission to get from point A to point B.  There are still teachers standing outside their classrooms smiling and greeting students who pass by.  There's still a warmth within the hallways and a genuine camaraderie.   The students may have changed, the teachers may have come and gone, but to me, it's still the same feeling that I'd get waking up to go to school as a student.

What was your favorite thing about Stagg HS as a student?

As a student, my favorite thing about Stagg High School was all of the fun activities that Stagg offered to bring the school and student body together.  The homecoming parade down Roberts Road was a highlight for me and something that I looked forward to every year.  I also enjoyed the pep rallies and Friday night football games under the lights...there was nothing better than being around your friends and catching up about the day's activities at a place like Stagg.

What is your favorite thing about Stagg HS now?  

My favorite thing about Stagg High School now is the number of clubs, activities and initiatives that students and staff are a part of.  I feel that students and staff truly try to make Stagg the best place that it can be.... from the Mix It Up Days to the Empathy Committee to StaggFest; the students and staff of Stagg really do try to make everyone feel welcomed and at home. 

Why did you decide to return?

When I graduated high school and went on to college, I KNEW I wanted to be a teacher. In fact, I KNEW I wanted to be a teacher at Stagg.  Unfortunately for me, when I first graduated from Stagg High School, there was not an opening in my field, so I took a job at a high school down south (which ended up being a great school, as well).  After completing my first year of teaching, I went back on the hunt for a job and saw that Stagg was hiring! I immediately applied and prayed for the best. 

I returned to Stagg because it felt like a second home to me.  When I was a student, I engulfed myself in the Stagg community.  I played volleyball, I played softball, I joined club after club, I went to dances, I went to sporting events, I was a part of committees and I. LOVED.EVERY.SECOND. 

I came back to help continue to create the environment that I had as a student, one that made learning fun and showed that the true high school experience isn't just what happens inside the classroom, it is everything else that encompasses the day to day.

What is your best memory from Stagg (past or present)?  

I think there is always nostalgia when looking back on life and remembering the "good ol' days." So, for that reason, I believe my best memory from Stagg was when I was a student myself.  That being said, I can't pinpoint a "best memory."  The memories that I can pinpoint is of me smiling, laughing and enjoying life.  I can pinpoint a feeling, one that is so strong that I can sit hear, as I type and grin from ear to ear as my mind replays each memory that was created at Stagg.  Honestly, there are too many to recall, and for me, that's what makes Stagg Stagg--- you can't explain it, but it'll give you memories that will definitely last a lifetime.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?​​

Volleyball, Softball, Varsity Club (Now Charger Nation), Natural Helpers, PEOPEL Program , Special Olympics

 

Allison Kiam

How has Stagg HS changed from when you were a student there?

I have seen that now a lot of the sports teams and clubs have a game or an event dedicated to a cause within the community. It is such a great thing.

What was your favorite thing about Stagg HS as a student?

My favorite thing about Stagg was participating in Stagg athletics. I had an awesome experience playing soccer at Stagg.

What is your favorite thing about Stagg HS now?

My favorite thing about Stagg now is still Stagg's soccer program.

Why did you decide to return?

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher at Stagg. When I graduated in 2010, I was voted in the senior polls "most likely to return to Stagg as a teacher." I had a dream of being a Spanish teacher and soccer coach at Stagg since I was a freshman in high school.

What is your best memory from Stagg (past or present)?

My best memory is this past year when our girls’ varsity soccer team had a fundraiser game called "Red Card Cancer". Mike Kealy started this game in honor of my mother who passed away from cancer in 2011. It was a very touching experience. I was so proud of all of the students that participated in the event.

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular?

I participated in soccer, Student Council, NHS, and Extra Mile.\

 

Linda Vollinger

How has Stagg HS changed from when you were a student there? 

When I graduated from Stagg in 1983, the additions to building did not exist. The District's Administrative Offices were housed here in Stagg where the Guidance Offices are currently located.  There was a stage in the Commons (now where the Grill area is located) where the plays and musicals were performed.  The pool was located where our "Rug Room" gym is now located.  The Nurse's Office was located in the center of the building where the Athletic Office is now.  

What was your favorite thing about Stagg HS as a student? 

There was so much to get involved with at Stagg and it seemed that there was something for everyone if they chose to participate.

What is your favorite thing about Stagg HS now?

The diversity of the student population is special.  I feel that it allows students and staff to continue to learn about other cultures and beliefs that can always be applied in the world beyond Stagg and District 230.  Hearing others' stories reinforces tolerance and acceptance of others and supports a positive mindset and resilience.

Why did you decide to return?

During my undergrad nursing studies at the UIC college of Nursing, particularly our Community Health Nursing clinical rotation, we were expected to shadow Public Helath Nurses in various practice settings.  I had the opportunity to shadow my school nurse, Doris Kelly.  After graduation, I had the opportunity to know her personally as I was a friend of her eldest son.  That experience shadowing her exposed me to the specialty of School Nursing and later in my nursing career, I pursued the coursework to earn my Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Nursing and shadowed the nurse at that time (Diane Mullauer) which further strengthened my desire to return to Stagg and work with the High School student population.  Initially, I worked in an elementary district serving Pre-K through 8th grade and in 2008, I accepted my current postiion as School Nurse for Stagg High School.  

What is your best memory from Stagg (past or present)?

I have two - First, meeting my husband of 29 years here at Stagg; and second, graduation outside on the football field. Both my husband (AAS class of 1982) and I graduated on the field as well as our 4 children.  Our eldest daughter was the first class to graduate on the field in 2009 when graduations were brought back to each of the high schools in the district.  At first, she and her classmates were not so enamored with this but when we shared our memories of graduation on our home field, they quickly warmed up to the idea. We had two more outdoor graduations in 2011 and 2016 with our daughters Allison and Elizabeth. Our son, had the unique experience of starting graduation on the field in 2014 and then moving indoors to finish the graduation ceremony due to inclement weather.  

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular? 

I was a member of the Pom Pon squad as well as a member of H.E.R.O.  (Home Economics Related Occupations)

 

Margaret Nagle

How has Stagg HS changed from when you were a student there?

In many ways I feel as though Stagg is pretty similar to when I attended as a student, as it really hasn’t been that long since I was a student.  I do feel as though there is a greater sense of community in the student culture than when I was a student, which I think is great! 

What was your favorite thing about Stagg HS as a student? 

As a student, my favorite thing was probably the social events, like the dances and spirit weeks, but I also enjoyed my classes.  My teachers made me feel as though I was very capable of success, no matter the task.  

What is your favorite thing about Stagg HS now?

The collaboration between teachers and the family feeling of the staff.  As I student I felt that my teachers were all friendly with each other, which I thought was normal, but now being on the other side, I realize how special it is and it is one of my favorite parts of Stagg.  I also, of course, enjoy working with the students that we serve, as I can picture myself in their shoes easily. 

Why did you decide to return?

I think it is a great opportunity that I am fortunate to be able to have.  When I returned to Stagg as a teacher, it felt like I was coming home, and not only because I knew my way around the building.  The teachers at Stagg had equipped me with the tools I needed to go and be successful in my post-high school endeavors, and I wanted to bring those experiences back with me to share them with those who made them possible.  

What is your best memory from Stagg (past or present)?

There are so many memories that Stagg holds for me, it is hard to choose! I enjoyed playing in the Staff-Student basketball game last school year, as it brought back many memories of me being in gym class with my friends, especially in my Jr. Leaders Class.  Many of my best memories as a student come from the extra-curricular activities I was involved in, and I feel fortunate to be able to help current students make those memories as well by being involved in them once again.  

Did you participate in any sports, clubs or extra-curricular? 

I was a member of the Girls’ Swim Team as well as the Water Polo Team.  I also was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society & Youth and Government

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