Tyler Cole Laminack, a college prep and speech teacher at Fenger, helps students with college applications last year. (Tribune file photo)

By Dionte Rice‬

Teachers, they’re just like us! Well, not exactly. But while we students will spend our breaks catching up on TV and hanging with friends, so will they. I asked a bunch of teachers at Fenger what their plans were for the break, and you might find the answers surprising.

David‬ Lang‬, English and physics teacher                                                                                                                                                                       ‬
‪“I will be going camping with friends and family in Lake Geneva. Also, I will be going to my wife’s uncle’s house for Easter dinner in Joliet. I’m really looking forward to sleeping with my dog Ellie and cleaning up my apartment.”‬
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Amanda‬ Long‬, English‬ teacher
“First, I’m taking Fenger/EMBARC students to a youth summit for clean water that is sponsored by Surge for Water. Students will learn about countries that don’t have clean water and do a service learning project around providing with other countries with clean water. I plan on flying out to visit my best friend in Las Vegas. We are going to spend time with her two sons hiking at Mt. Charleston and going to have some time for shopping at the Planet Hollywood Center.‬ Finally I’m going to rent a car and drive to Lake Tahoe. I have a friend that is a ski instructor, and I am going to ski in the mountains for the first time in my life. I always wanted to do this, so it will be quite an adventure for me.”
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Joe Pollock, social worker
‪”What I plan to do over spring break is going to Costa Rica and getting married! … I didn’t plan on inviting any family members. It’ll be just the two of us. (Later) her mother is having a party at her house to celebrate her marriage.”‬
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Spring‬ Stadeker‬, advanced algebra‬ teacher
‪“My plan for spring break includes traveling to New York City with Fenger High School Student Leader students. They plan to visit several colleges and universities, as well as visit several attractions.” She also will travel to L.A. to visit friends and family, plus shop and relax!

Ellen Lau, AP English teacher
“I am planning to work on my national board portfolio at different coffee shops around Chicago. Mostly I am going to spend time writing and revising my portfolio. I also am going to be spending time with friends and family. Probably I am going to see some movies. Then I will be hosting two dinner parties.  One dinner party will be for my family, and I will host it at my parents’ house.  I’m planning to make pulled pork sandwiches and chocolate fondue. The second dinner party will be for my friends, and I will host it in my home. I’m planning to make pot roast and cheesecake. Finally I am going to increase my exercise routines.“‬
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Lauren Kenaga, IES math teacher
“My plans for spring break really focus on getting caught up and ahead of work for school. I plan on spending a lot of time at Starbucks and the library to sit and work on lesson plans, get materials together, etc. For Easter Sunday, I am going over to my uncle’s house and will be spending time with my immediate and extended family. I also want to spend some time catching up with a couple of my friends that I don’t see that often. The last thing I plan on doing for spring break is maybe taking a weekend trip with one of my friends. We just started talking about it, but haven’t decided where yet—it would be nice to get away for a couple of days!”‬
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Tyler Cole Laminack, speech and college prep teacher
“First, I plan going to Washington, D.C., to spend time with my older brother and my parents, who are going to meet both of us in D.C. Then I’m going to head back to North Carolina and spend time with family and friends. Also, I plan on going hiking and camping in the mountains in North Carolina with good friends who currently live there.”

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