To the Point Straightforward Talk Glenbard South's Leading Lady
Byline: Catherine Edman
Everyone sees the school principal. They're the ones out front at the end of the day making sure everyone gets to their buses on time.
And when there's an exciting event at school, they're the person in front rallying the troops.
Of course, fall afoul of the building law and you're likely to have a one-on-one encounter, not to mention a stern talking to.
We thought it might be nice for the community to know a little bit about the individuals who agree to watch over the schools and their charges. All principals were sent questionnaires with some serious topics - and some funny ones, too.
This is the first in an occasional series.
Terri Hanrahan, principal, Glenbard South High School, Glen Ellyn, Glenbard High School District 87
Family: Grew up No. 7 in a family of eight.
Grew up in: Evergreen Park, Ill.
Ultimate pet: Golden Doodle.
What's your education philosophy in one sentence? All children can learn.
Personal hero: My niece Kelly. She was born prematurely, with many physical problems. Throughout her life she has had 20-plus surgeries, yet she never complains or uses her illnesses as an excuse to behave or perform poorly. She brings goodness and light wherever she goes.
How did you wind up in education? As number seven in a family of eight it was hard to find my place. Good or bad, one of my older siblings had already done it.
I had a social studies teacher my sophomore year in high school, Rita Fitzgibbons-Fox, who taught me that everyone has their own gift to give to the world. Basically, she told me to forget about competing with my siblings and start living my own life.
I wanted to be that kind of influence on other people.
What is your dream vacation? I have always wanted to see Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. …