welcomed a visitor from Lebanon Wednesday (April 4), taking the high school administrator on a tour of the facility and sharing teaching practices with him.
Fady Bader, the community service coordinator at Brummana Lebanon High School, visited about a dozen classrooms, including a reading, science, math, French and social science classroom. He was accompanied by Dr. Michael Gardner, principal of Lincoln-Way North, and Tim Reilly, director of instruction.
“We are pleased and honored to show Mr. Bader Lincoln-Way North High School,” said Gardner. “We are eager to share our teaching strategies with him and anything else he wishes to take back to his students in Lebanon.”
Bader was in town for nine days to gain a general overview of educational programs in America and to gather ideas he can take back to his school in Lebanon.
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki and Tinley Park Village Clerk Pat Rae requested a tour of Lincoln-Way North during his stay. They also took Bader to see St. George School, Central Junior High School, Trinity Lutheran School and Prairie View Junior High School.
On his tour of Lincoln-Way North, Bader visited the school’s Fine Arts Wing where he saw a sampling of art classes and music classes, dropped in a Special Services classroom and saw students hard at work in a number of English, reading, science, world languages and social sciences classes.
He even stopped by an ROTC class and caught a snippet of the district’s Senior Series performance of Mitch Seekins Sings the Great Tony Bennett.
Gardner and Reilly also took Bader to see some of the school’s career and technical classrooms, including its auto shop where students learn to perform oil changes and rotate tires.
The visiting educator said he was impressed with the school’s display of patriotism with American flags in every classroom, its learning equipment (including projectors and musical instruments), its discipline procedures and overall atmosphere.
“It’s a happy learning environment,” he said. “The students seem relaxed and happy to learn.”
Bader said he also was impressed to see how the school integrates students with learning disabilities into the classrooms and invites the community to use its swimming pool and walking/jogging track.
In Lebanon, the schools are an entity of the Ministry of Education and not the community, he said.
The three-hour tour ended with a discussion in the principal’s conference room.
“This was an exciting day for us,” said Gardner.