Mr. Arellano was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago where he attended St. Bernard Grade School (now St. Benedict the African Parish), St. Joseph and St. Anne Grade School (now Our Lady of Fatima Parish), and DeLaSalle Institute. After college, Mr. Arellano came back to Chicago and started teaching speech at Fenwick in 1972. Besides teaching, Mr. Arellano has coached a variety of speech activities, served as a department chairperson and as a member of various committees, assisted the faculty mentoring program, and served as a proctor for detention. Additionally, he has taught part time at the Chicagoland Institute of Banking and at Morton College.
Mr. Arellano is married. He and his wife have two daughters, who both graduated from Fenwick. He and his wife also have a grandson who was born on what would have been his grandmother’s ninetieth birthday.
Besides trying to keep up with the news and the Chicago White Sox, Mr. Arellano enjoys traveling with his wife, trying little mom-and-pop restaurants, and going to a variety of museums, art institutions, and botanical gardens.
Bachelors of Arts in Speech, MacMurray College
Masters of Arts in Speech Communication, Northeastern Illinois University
Extra Curricular Activities:
Special Occasion Speaking Competition
Chairperson of the Expressive Arts Department
New Teacher Mentor Program
Rev. George Conway, OP Outstanding Teacher Award, 1993
Rev. John Cyril Fisher, OP Service Award, 1992
Heart of the School, Fenwick High School Award
Outstanding Teacher Award, University of Chicago
Outstanding Teacher Award, Quincy University
Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Editions 1-11 (2007)
Teacher of the Year: Veterans of Foreign Wars (Berwyn Post) 2001-2002
National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher (2005, 2006)
Voice of Democracy Teacher of the Year: VFW 4th District State of Illinois (2006)