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Mrs. Kaylene Arizzi

I began teaching at Chesterton High School in 2011. Before coming to Duneland, I taught at Concord High School and LaPorte High School. I received my B.A. in Spanish with a Chemistry minor from Indiana University, a B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University South Bend, and a M.A.T from University of Saint Mary. I currently teach Spanish 2, 3, and 4, and I co-sponsor the CHS Spanish club. In 2021, I was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Duneland School Corporation.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling within the U.S. and abroad (especially to Mexico to visit family), reading, playing games, going on walks, and watching the Indiana Hoosiers basketball games.

Classes Taught: Spanish 2, 3, and 4

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Lisa Dyer

I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1994 with a B.A. in Spanish and minor in French. I received my M.S.Ed. from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007. I previously worked at Wilbur Wright Middle School in Munster and began working at CHS in 1998 teaching Spanish. In addition to teaching, I sponsor the Natural Helpers. The Natural Helpers Program provides training to students and adults who are already serving as informal helpers. It gives them skills to help others more effectively and provides places to turn to when they are not able to help. Outside of school, my interests include reading, being outside and active, and spending time with my daughters.

Classes: Spanish 2, 3, 5/IB

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Mrs. Lorraine Hageman

I began teaching in 2005, spent 14 at Griffith High School, then came to Chesterton to teach French in 2019. When not doing teacher things, I enjoy genealogy research, cross-stitch, reading, and spending time with my nieces. I also volunteer each summer to transcribe historical documents so that they can be searched digitally in museums and libraries throughout the country.

Classes Taught: French 1 at CMS; French 1, 4, and 5 at CHS

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Mr. Cary Knauff

I am married to my beautiful wife Lindsay, and we have 3 sons: Caleb, Lincoln, and Finnigan. We also have 2 amazing Goldendoodles: Rutherford & Fitzgerald! When I'm not at school, I love swimming, reading, attending sports and live concerts, grilling, and hanging with the family. I also love to travel with some of my favorite vacations being to Austria, Delaware, northern Michigan, and Washington D.C..

Classes Taught: German 1, German 3, German 4, German 5, German IB and Dual Credit

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Mr. Steve Lombardo

I am a dual-credit instructor, licensed in both Spanish and Russian. I have sponsored Russian Club at CHS and now World Heritage Club. Family life resulted in my living in Spain for many years and I have spent a number of summers teaching for Purdue in China . I have received a Fulbright-Hays scholarship. and I am especially proud of those years I worked in adult literacy on the westside of Chicago. My interests are history, creative writing, and travel.

Classes Taught: Spanish

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Mr. Justin Martinson

I received a BA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University in 2011 and an MA in Teaching from Calumet College of St. Joseph in 2015. After living in Germany for three years, I taught second grade at Liberty Elementary School, and I have been teaching German at CHS since 2017. I received the 2021 AATG "Rising Star" award and was the 2022 Duneland "Secondary Teacher of the Year".

I am a sponsor of the CHS German Club and travel with students to Germany as part of our GAPP exchange program. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, traveling, playing guitar and strategy games.

Classes Taught: German 2, 3

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Andrea Orosz

Bonjour! I am one of the French teachers here at CHS. I am going into my third year teaching, and I received my degree from Indiana University. When I am not teaching, I am probably coaching soccer or hanging out with my dogs. Of course, I also love to travel, and I can't wait for the first trip abroad we get to take students on since the pandemic.

Classes Taught: French 2 & 3

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Mr. John Sparks

World Languages Department Chair

I have a bachelor’s degree in business/finance from Miami of Ohio and a master’s in Japanese language and history from the University of Sheffield in the UK. I taught English in Japanese public schools in Fukui, Japan for three years.

In 1995, I started the Japanese program at CHS. I am the World Language Department chair. I also coach the Japanese Olympiad team and take students to Japan every other year.

In my free time I enjoy triathlon, cycling, running, reading, spending time with my family, and international travel. Aside from Japan I have traveled to Nepal, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Europe, Cuba, Peru, etc.

Classes Taught: Japanese 1, 2 and 3.

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Mrs. Akiko Tsugawa

I am a Japanese native speaker. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Physical Education, and English from Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan, and my Master's Degree in Secondary Education from IUN. I have been teaching at Duneland Schools since 2009 (both CMS and CHS). I previously worked for Highland Schools. I currently sponsor the CHS Japanese Club, CMS Japanese Club, and CHS Anime Club. I received the 2018 "Japanese Teacher of the Year" from Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association (IFLTA). I also received the 2019 "Secondary Teacher of the Year" for IFLTA.

I love to do yoga, dance, travel, and read.

Classes Taught: Japanese 1, 4, 5, & IB

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Mrs. Amy Weil

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and went to Valparaiso University where I got my degrees in secondary education and Spanish; I received my Master's Degree in Spanish from Virginia Tech. I have been teaching at CHS since 2013. In addition to teaching Spanish, I also co-sponsor the Spanish Club. I did an immersion study abroad in Granada, Spain during my time at VU, and have sponsored CHS student trips to Spain and Peru. The eventual goal is to retire in Granada!

When I'm not teaching, I'm spending time with my family, reading, following Pittsburgh sports, and traveling (normally back to Pittsburgh).

Classes Taught: Spanish 1, 2, 4b

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