Six tenured HF faculty members

The District 233 School Board granted tenure to six teachers from Homewood-Flossmoor High School at its April 5 meeting.

Tenure is granted to teachers after four years as a trainee teacher. Ashley Alex, Jennifer Byrd, Alyssa Marassa, John McCarthy, Ted Venegas and Tiffany White have been nominated.

In a letter to teachers, Superintendent Von Mansfield said the tenure indicates “to students and parents in the district that your total impact on your students and colleagues has been carefully assessed and that you have our full approval as a permanent member of this faculty. We also hope and expect that the true meaning of this new status will be an even greater commitment on your part to HF, driving the learning of every student, regardless of ability, with your own determination to preserve and improve quality. of the entire effort and education program at HF. »

Ashley Alex has taught all levels of Algebra I and Precalculus with Distinction. She is also a faculty member working with clubs and after-school programs, including Anime Club, Operation Snowball, and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society.

Prior to joining the HF faculty, Alex taught at Bloom Township and Rich South High Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from DePaul University.

Jennifer Byrd is a Special Education Health Educator and HF Study Lab. Prior to coming to HF, she worked at Oswego East High School for five years.

Byrd holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, sports and tourism with a concentration in sports management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in kinesiology and physical education with a specialization in educational pedagogy. physics from Northern Illinois University. She also has a mention in health, as well as in special education.

Alyssa Marassa teaches food and clothing construction in the vocational and technical training department. HF is her first teaching position.

Marassa holds a bachelor’s degree in teacher education in family and consumer science from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in family and consumer science from Eastern Illinois University.

John McCarthy is a School Counselor in the Student Services Department. He is also the baseball coach for the Vikings. Prior to joining the HF faculty, he worked for six years at Brother Rice High School in Chicago.

McCarthy received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a master’s degree from Lewis University.

Ted Venegas teaches United States History and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate program. Since 2009, he has held various positions, including full-time substitute and other school positions, before joining HF.

Venegas earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in secondary education from St. Xavier’s University. He holds a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Tiffany White teaches algebra and an introductory engineering course. She is also the head of the chess team and the assistant coach of the HF Scholastic Bowl team.

Before embarking on a teaching career, she worked for 12 years in the construction industry. She is a Certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Professional (LEED AP). She served as an assistant math instructor at a community college before becoming a seventh-grade math teacher. After several years, she moved on to a position at HF.

White has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in construction management from Eastern Michigan University, and is working on a second master’s degree in mathematics at Governors State University.

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