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September 1, 2023 / Schafer

Get to Know Our Sharks: Band & Orchestra Edition

Chris Wallbruch

Mrs. Wallbruch is a veteran shark, but is also a penguin and a wildcat! She is the band director for the Jefferson Area, including Schafer, North, and Jefferson. 

Mrs. Wallbruch shares that her favorite part about being in education is making music with kids. When she thinks about her own school experience, she shares that her favorite teacher was Mr. Jastrow. He was her high school band director and was literally life changing for her.  If she could choose one teacher’s class to enroll in for a day, she would choose Mrs. Kayser because she always gives me good ideas on how to improve my teaching

Mrs. Wallbruch wants our Sharks to know it’s never too late to make a fresh start! Her wish for the 2023-24 school year is to be an even better teacher than the year before.

 

Fun Facts:

Years in education: 29

Birthday: 4/26

Family: She has been married since 1999. Her husband is a contract worker for AT & T and her son just started high school this year.

Favorite school subject: Band!

Favorite school memory: College – being part of the Marching Illini and making tons of great memories with great friends

Favorite color: Green

Favorite pet: Cats – her family has two of our own (Houston and Trudeau)

Favorite hobby: Play in community bands and orchestras, read, collect model horses

Favorite drink: Non sweetened iced tea

Favorite food/restaurant: Anything with cheese, butter, and bread

Favorite sports team: Blackhawks

Favorite music: She listens to everything from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder to Tori Amos

Favorite place visited: Scotland

Dream vacation: Visiting Lithuania

Surprising fact: She spent a summer in Saudi Arabia when she was in 6th grade

Hidden talent:  She showed horses for many years and has a black belt in tae kwon do.

Favorite quote: Every day is a new chance to start over and do better

 

Rachel Kayser

Mrs. Kayser is a veteran shark, but is also a penguin and a wildcat too! She is the orchestra director for the Jefferson Area, including Schafer, North, and Jefferson. 

Mrs. Kayser shares that her favorite part about being in education is working with the kids.

 

Fun Facts:

Years in education: 25

Birthday: 10/26

Family: She has a husband, 2 kids (Boys Ben (13) and Daniel (10)), and 2 dogs (Xander – a Great Dane and Tank – a Frenchie)

Favorite school subject: Orchestra, theater and math.

Favorite color: Purple, everything purple.

Favorite pet: Dogs!

Favorite hobby: Collect Eeyores. Figurines, Glass, Stuffed, Pictures.

Favorite drink: Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks

Favorite food/restaurant: Pasta or Mexican

Favorite sports team: Blackhawks

Favorite music: Folk music – Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary

Favorite place visited: Galapagos Islands 

Surprising fact: She scuba dives!