Lake Forest Academy teacher named a Woman of Distinction
Lynne Kulieke holding her honorary Ferry Hall diploma. It was taken by me (Alexandra Campbell) at the Ferry Hall luncheon on Sept. 29.
Name: Lynne Kulieke
Hometown: Vernon Hills
Occupation: Spanish and English Instructor Lake Forest Academy
Quote: “You can stay at the same place but the students change around you, the school changes around you. I can just stand still and watch the school change around me.”
Updated: November 7, 2012 7:54AM
LAKE FOREST — Being named the 2012 Ferry Hall Woman of Distinction is more than just an honor to Lynne Kulieke.
Having taught at Ferry Hall from 1966 until the all-girls school closed in 1970, Kulieke said, “I am basically the last trace of the connection.”
When Ferry Hall closed and merged with Lake Forest Academy, Kulieke continued her 46-year career at the academy, teaching English and Spanish.
Although the old school was refurbished into condominiums, Kulieke said Ferry Hall traditions live on at Lake Forest Academy, where she said students from around the globe are brought together to learn to be citizens of the world.
Q: Why did you stay at Lake Forest Academy for your entire career?
A: “It’s a much more family-oriented, community-oriented school. Everyone knows everybody else. What they come away with is a sense of community, a sense of the world. We are very diverse.” The approximately 420- student population is comprised of children from various countries including Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as some from the Chicago area, she said.
Q: How is Ferry Hall reflected at the academy?
Q: What do you want to pass on to your students?
A: “I want them to be citizens of the world. I want them to develop into meaningful persons who can show the world they care. I have students from all walks of life. They care about each other. They care about the world.”
Q: How much emphasis is placed on language arts at the academy and how do you think technology has changed the subject?
A: “In language we feel students should go as far as they are capable of going. If they have Spanish, French, Chinese, they can make themselves more marketable. “I don’t mind them reading books on a screen as long as they have books. Technology is like chalk and a chalk board – it’s a tool.’’
Q: What does it mean to you to be named Ferry Hall Woman of Distinction?
A: “My mother loves to talk and tell people about it. I hope I have inspired others. I hope I have distinctively helped others.”