New Buddies

There are many benefits to our small class size and small school.  Students receive constant attention and  feedback from their teachers.  Learning is customized to suit the abilities and interests of each student.  And there is a family feel to the school that results in many friendships across grade levels.  

But there are some things that elude us.  For example – we can’t field a competitive soccer match.  Enter our new buddies at the German International School of Chicago.  We reached out to this fellow small school in order to engage in some intramural sports and fun. The German School has precisely the same number of students in their middle school as we have.  They too were wishing for a larger pool of kids to play with, so on the brilliant Monday morning of this week we hopped the bus to give them a game.

Their students were decked out in full German Football National Team kit.  I recognized the jerseys of Neuer, Reus and Mueller.  The P.E. teacher at the German School did a marvelous job constructing a futsol match in their tiny gym.  Our description of the cavernous gym at Chicago Friends School had them eager to make a visit to our place.  Soon, we hope to do just that.

Alex Randhava

is our grade 5-6 teacher. Alex has a degree in history from Kenyon College and a master’s in education from National Louis University. He taught reading, social studies, and language arts in Evanston's public schools and history at Francis W. Parker School. He created and taught courses in physics, chemistry, and engineering to middle school students at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. Alex also has a learning and behavior specialist certification and has worked as a one-on-one instructor with students who have cognitive or learning disabilities.
Before earning his degree in education, Alex worked in the development of engineering startups. He holds two U.S. patents and has received grants to fund design-phase engineering work from the USDA and NASA.

Alex has two children, ages 7 and 10. In spring and summer, he pursues his (other) true passion as their little league coach.

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