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West Campus students say Stickle makes English class fun

Paige Stickle

On a recent Tuesday morning, Paige Stickle’s English II students were up and about in her West Campus classroom, laughing. What were they working on? Poetry.

Each time a student correctly answered a question about a poetry term, he or she tossed the paper into the recycling bin. “It’s a way for them to put their devices away and not be so focused on their Chromebook,” she says.

Stickle’s ability to inspire students to enjoy English class is one of the many reasons cited in her nominations for Staff Member of the Month for December.  All five nominations came from students who said she truly cares about making them smile.

“She forms special bonds with each and every one of her students making them feel welcome and accepted,” says sophomore Dylan Hogan.

Stickle said she’s pleased to win the award, especially because it offers her a glimpse into how she comes across to her students. “It’s nice to hear from the kids,” she says.

This is the third year at West Campus for Stickle, who has a bachelor of arts degree in English and a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Drake University. She’s planning to pursue a master’s degree, but hasn’t decided yet on a path. 

The Grayslake native is a Carmel High School graduate who has also taught at Cary-Grove and Warren high schools. Sticke’s award is part of a monthly Staff Member of the Month program that started in District 156 this school year.

Each month, a staff member from each campus is selected from recommendations of other staff, students, parents and community members.

Staff members receive a plaque and a gift card for either Brunch Cafe or Meat and Potato Eatery. MCHS appreciates the support from those sponsors.

Learn more about the program here. To go directly to the nomination form, click here.

Staff Member of the Month program