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Faculty Focus: September 2020

September 1, 2020

Italian Teacher Ms. Shawna Hennessey has begun her 14th year at Fenwick – and her first season as a frosh/soph girls’ tennis assistant coach!


What is your educational background?

SH: After graduating from Lyons Township High School, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design with a minor in Italian from DePaul University. I later returned to obtain my Master of Education in World Languages along with my certification and endorsements in teaching Italian and Visual Arts. 

What did you do prior to becoming a teacher at Fenwick?

SH: Before Fenwick, I taught English at L’Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Luca Pacioli, a secondary school in Crema, Italy. I worked in tandem with teachers of each subject matter to teach lessons on the content students were currently learning, but in English. In order to offer full English immersion to the students, I tried to pretend that I didn’t understand Italian, forcing them to converse only in English (my students at Fenwick might recognize this tactic …“Non ho capito!”). It worked for a bit, until I laughed out loud overhearing one of their jokes in the hallway and my cover was forever blown.



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