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Mrs. Laura Basich

I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Secondary Education followed by a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama. This is my first year teaching at Chesterton High School after spending the last 15 years teaching for the LaPorte Community Schools. I currently teach Introduction to Business, Personal Financial Responsibility, and Business Law and Ethics. In my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and three daughters, as well as run, read, and kayak.

Classes Taught: Introduction to Business, Personal Financial Responsibility, and Business Law and Ethics

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Mr. Tom Biel

I graduated from Chesterton High School in 1986, and participated in Speech and Debate, Trojan Guard, Golf, and Cross Country. I graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1990, majoring in Computer Science. I was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, graduated from Armor Officer Basic, Army Airborne, and Army Ranger schools, and served four years while stationed in Germany. I have been working in the Computer Science field since 1995, with extensive experience working for Fortune 500 companies.

After coaching Boys Soccer here at CHS since 2018, I decided to transition to the classroom as a Computer Science teacher.

My wife and I have four adult children, all of whom went through Duneland Schools, and we enjoy soccer and gardening in our free time.

Classes Taught: AP Computer Science Principles, Cybersecurity, AP Computer Science A

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Emily Fletcher

WDSO Admin. Assistant

 

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Mrs. Danielle Gingrich

I began teaching at CHS in 2021-22 school year. Prior to teaching, I was a professional in accounting based roles for 25 years. I have a BS in Management/Marketing from Purdue Northwest, a Transition to Teaching certificate from Indiana Wesleyan University and currently pursuing a MBA. I am married and have two children, 23 & 12, In my free time, I enjoy running, camping, and hiking, but you will most likely find me on the sidelines of the pitch cheering on my favorite soccer player.

Classes Taught: Introduction to Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Principles of Marketing, Principles of Business

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Mr. Ian MacLaverty

I began my career in Duneland working in the College & Career Center at CHS, while getting my Master of Teaching degree from Calumet College. I also have degrees in Business and Organizational Leadership from Purdue University. Boiler Up! I taught Computers 7 my first year at CMS, before relocating to the high school to teach Business in 2014. I have been teaching at CHS ever since. I now teach Digital Apps, College & Careers, Personal Finance, and Entrepreneurship. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my wife, family, and friends. I enjoy reading, cooking, playing guitar, listening to and making music, watching movies, and traveling. I am also a big Chicago sports fan: Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Sox!

Classes Taught: Business Technology

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Mr. Matt Waters

Business Department Chair

I have been at Chesterton High School since 2005. My professional goal has always been to help people and work with technology. I started in television after graduating college but jumped on teaching as soon as the next school year came. In 2010, I received a M.A. in technology education. I serve as the CHS’s business department chair and the station manager to the school’s FM radio station – WDSO. I am interested in film, music, news and technology.

Classes Taught: Principles of Broadcasting, Audio/Video Production, Mass Media, Technical Theatre, Amateur Radio, Film Theory and Marketing

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