MCHS The Nook 111

A place to hear interviews with a variety of guests on their career paths to MCHS, philosophy behind their teaching, what inspires them, and so much more.

Episode 18 - Kevin Murphy (Assistant Principal at MCHS South Campus)

October 5th, 2021

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) South Campus Assistant Principal, Kevin Murphy, talks about his career path to MCHS. Mr. Murphy discusses his path to becoming the Assistant Principal for MCHS South Campus and his love for history, specifically the Civil War. Listen as Mr. Murphy shares his passion for travel, his time coaching high school basketball, the years he spent as a Dean, and the goals he has for the upcoming years.

Episode 17 - MCHS Allies in Diversity Club

February 24th, 2021

Listen in as members of the MCHS Allies in Diversity Club share the goals and future of the club. Listen as Club Members Maya McGrew, Slater, and Club Sponsor Valerie Tijerina discuss how the Allies in Diversity Club got started. Hear why the club is important to them, what other activities and hobbies they do for fun outside of school, and where they see the world and themselves in the next 5 years.

Episode 16 - Jon Calder (Career and Technical Education Department Chair at MCHS)

December 16th, 2020

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Career and Technical Education Department Chair, Jon Calder, talks about his career path to MCHS. Mr. Calder discusses the years he spent opening restaurants and the long hours it entailed. Listen as Mr. Calder shares all the wonderful opportunities the CTE Department has for our students, and how he may be called a modern-day Santa Clause.

Episode 15 - Erika Walker (CEO of The Walker Thomas Group and MCHS Equity & Diversity Committee Consultant)

December 2nd, 2020

Listen in as Erika Walker, CEO of The Walker Thomas Group, discusses the various meanings of Equity and Equality, and Diversity and Inclusion. Listen as Ms. Walker shares what is the most challenging aspect of working with a high school, hear what Ms. Walker is most excited about regarding the MCHS Equity and Diversity Committee, and how her family thinks singing might not be in her future.

Episode 14 - Hillary Holden (MCHS Activities Director)

November 10th, 2020

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Activities Director, Hillary Holden, talks about keeping students involved and engaged during the COVID-19 Pandemic through various activities. Listen as Ms. Holden shares information about the unique clubs MCHS has and how to start one, hear what Ms. Holden is most proud of during her time at MCHS, and how selling fireworks paid for her travel throughout the United States.

Episode 13 - Kyle Adelmann (MCHS Head Marching Band Director) and Gina Wych (MCHS Head Co-Curricular Band Director)

January 21st, 2020

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Kyle Adelmann, Head Marching Band Director, and Gina Wych, MCHS Head Co-Curricular Band Director, talk about the emotional side of playing music. Listen as they share how old they were when the music bug bit them, hear their excitement and passion when discussing the MCHS music program, the goal of being a top band in the state, and why the grass is always greener when chickens are involved.

Episode 12 - MCHS Students Alaina Frazier & Morgan Moreno (Co-Founders of the Non-Profit Gifting For Thrifting)

December 23rd, 2019

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) students, Alaina Frazier and Morgan Moreno, share the love, and importance, of activities, clubs, and sports they’ve been involved with during their time at Minooka Community High School, what advice they would tell themselves as incoming freshmen, the drive it takes to start a Non-Profit organization called Gifting For Thrifting, and why Hollywood might be calling someday.

Episode 11 - Bryan Zwemke (MCHS Building Principal)

December 2nd, 2019

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Building Principal, Bryan Zwemke, shares his career path to becoming the Building Principal of Minooka Community High School, what Principal Zwemke would say to first year teacher Bryan Zwemke, how technology plays an important role in schools today, and why someone would want him to sign their baseball card.

Episode 10 - Jeff Easthon (World Language, Music, Art Department Chair at MCHS)

November 6th, 2019

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball Team and Department Chair for World Language, Music, and Art – Jeff Easthon, shares his career path to becoming the Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Basketball team, his early years as a Spanish teacher before becoming the Department Chair, his love of all things Cleveland, and why his favorite green shorts are so important.

Episode 9 - John Belskis (Head Coach of Varsity Football)

October 11th, 2019

Listen in as Minooka Community High School (MCHS) Head Coach for the Varsity Football Team – John Belskis, shares his career path to becoming the Head Coach, his playing days as a collegiate 2-sport athlete, the importance of winning the Homecoming football game, and who his weight-lifting partner was during his time with the Chicago Bears.

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