Our first SHOUT OUT! cast spotlights are …
Al Lagattolla & Bryan Kunstman!
I asked the cast members a few questions to give you an opportunity to get to know the amazing speakers to grace the stage on Sunday, October 18th.
What is your educational background? I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.
What do you do for employment? I am the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle.
Do you have any favorite teachers? If so, why were they your favorite? Yes. They were my favorite because they were inspiring and enthusiastic. They were accessible, and there was a joy about them.
What subject in school was your LEAST favorite and why? I struggled with physics at the high school level. I just didn’t understand it. I also took an American Revolution class in college, and I was disappointed that it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be.
Who do you feel is the hardest working person in an educational system and why? The teachers who also worked as assistants in after-school activities. At times, you could tell they were volunteering, but yet they were there every step of the way. They just wanted to be there.
Did you walk to elementary school or ride a bus? Any funny memories? I walked. It was a two-block walk. It was an unremarkable walk, but it was nice to be with friends.
What excites you the most about education? Just how it can make so many things possible. It’s great when kids know that they can achieve things they might not have previously considered.
Al is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle and an Elburn resident. He has two children who attend schools in Kaneland School District 302 – Grace, a sixth-grader at Harter Middle School and Rosalie, a fourth-grader at John Stewart Elementary. Hobbies include running, watching his daughters in their various activities and attending school board meetings. He will be reading his essay entitled, Feedback and Relationships.
Bryan graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis. His Masters in Educational Leadership is from Aurora University. He has been the choral director at Kaneland High School since the fall of 2001. Bryan sings with the St. Charles Singers. He serves on the board of the American Choral Directors Association of Illinois as the District 9 representative, and he is the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Choir co-coordinator. Bryan is married to Mary, and their two daughters Kailey and Emma keep them busy when he isn’t working with the Kaneland students. For fun he enjoys hockey, golf and anything having to do with being outdoors.
The 2015 Kane County Educator of the Year, Bryan will be reading his essay, Purpose of Education. Here is what he had to say when I asked him a few questions:
What is your educational background? I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis from Northern Illinois University. I have a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. I am currently working on a master’s degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.
Where do you work and what do you do? I am the choral director at Kaneland High School
Do you have any favorite teachers? If so, why were they your favorite? Mrs. Berg – She was instrumental in ensuring that my parents kept me in music. Mr. Stoffel – He was my high school choral director, who played a big role in guiding me down the path to a career in music education. There were several other teachers and coaches who made a difference in my life.
What subject in school was your LEAST favorite and why? The most difficult subject for me was Art. My mother is an artist, and I was always so disappointed in my futile attempts at drawing.
What teacher in your life would you like to hear from during a future KAI SHOUT OUT? Lori Grant
Did you walk to elementary school or ride a bus? Any funny memories? I walked at times, rode my bike, and rode the bus. When I got to fifth grade, I had to carry my snare drum to school. The case was about the same size as me.
What excites you the most about education? I am most excited by the opportunity to work with amazing students in a community that supports their success.