Mrs.Dreiling, a new teacher in the English Department, is living the dream in her first year at LFHS.
High School Attended: Highland Park High School, class of 1996.
Activities: 1 semester playing cello in the orchestra, four years of backstage theater, and National Honor Society.
College or University attended:
University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin
Major: English and History
National Louis University
Major: Secondary Teaching
Where she has been:
Libertyville High School–Libertyville, IL
New Trier High School–Winnetka, IL
Roycemore School–Evanston, IL
In Her Own Words:
Transition from college
“When I graduated my first job was at Libertyville High School where I worked as a Teacher’s Aide in Special Education. I was also working toward my teaching certificate and my masters degree. I then completed my student teaching at New Trier High School. Next, I went to work at Roycemore School for 16 years, where I had many different roles. I worked as an English teacher for 5 years, and in the following years, I worked as an Assistant Division Head, a Division Head, and ultimately a Coordinator for Student Life at Roycemore. I loved my positions at Roycemore, but I missed being in a classroom and I wanted to teach and help high school students. That is what led me here to Lake Forest High School.”
Differences from Roycemore School to Lake Forest High School
“Roycemore is really tiny; there are usually less than 350 students in the entire school. Because of their small size, opportunities can be limited. Here at LFHS, there seems to be something for everyone. The number of sports, clubs, and activities available to students seem endless. There is a wide scope of classes and leadership opportunities. I hope everyone is taking advantage of those opportunities and trying new things, because I know students at other schools where these opportunities just don’t exist.”
On other interests besides teaching English to high school students
“I love theater–especially big productions with impressive sets–because I like to figure out how they made the design work. I also love film. I took a course in college which helped me shift how I watch films and what to look for a deeper understanding. I try to watch all the Academy Award-nominees for Best Picture every year, which usually leads to watching best actor and best actress nominees as well. I also have 2 nephews that I adore and I try to spend as much time with them as possibly as I can.”
On her inspiration to pursue English and teaching
“In high school, English is the subject that I had to work the hardest at, which is why I love it so much. Mr. Morris, whom I had for freshman and junior year English, pushed me and helped me figure out where I excelled and observed the areas that I needed to work on. That is when my interest in English and perhaps teaching as well really began. Teaching also runs in my family–my mother and sister are teachers, and my aunt, uncle, and grandfather were in education as well.”
On her goals in the classroom
“I want to design classes where my students are excited to come to class and ready to learn. One of the lofty reasons I’m a teacher is because I recognize that the world could be a better place. I can help make that happen by inspiring individual students to recognize their strengths and understand how they can impact our world positively. English is perfect channel to help better the world, in my opinion. In my future at LFHS, I want students to understand that books allow us to encounter different cultures, perspectives, eras, and ideas that we may not otherwise. And that the knowledge we take from this can help us better ourselves and in turn, the world around us as well. I want to help each student find their passion in English and help them see that they can impact the world around them if they want to.”
What she teaches
Grammar & Composition
Contemporary Chicago Writers-Honors
What is the most memorable memory that you have encountered in your life?
“One happened just recently. This year over spring break, I went with my husband to Iceland. One night we were driving outside Reykjavik, and out in the sky we could see the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights don’t always show themselves, but we were treated to an extraordinary showof dancing lights. This night was so special. My husband and I were so lucky to see and experience this scene it was just gorgeous! I’ll always remember the energy, the sounds, and the sights.”
What is the scariest thing that you have faced in your life?
“When I was 12 years old, I was learning how to repel at Devil’s Lake. I was still learning the whole process and I clearly did something wrong, because before I knew it, I was hanging upside down on the side of the cliff. It was terrifying and the moment is still clear in my memory!”
If you could get 1 free plane ticket and paid hotel where would to go?
“I would go to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. I have fascination with Africa, developed by many books I’ve read that are set in Africa. I even considered teaching in Africa at one point. Victoria Falls looks indescribably beautiful and I hope I can see it in person some day.”