Dear Reskin Families,
Hello, my name is Chris Rzemieniecki, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new assistant principal of Reskin Elementary School. It is an honor to be selected to join the Reskin family and your community. I have been committed to teaching and coaching students for the past 7 years at Marquardt Middle School, and these have been the best years of my life. Through my experience in education, I’ve learned that one of my greatest strengths is developing strong relationships with students by staying actively involved in their lives, and I intend to do the same here at Reskin. I believe as educators we have to provide the very best care, education, and experience to each and every child.
One of the reasons why education is one of my greatest passions is because of the difference I know it can make in a person’s life. Take me for example. I was raised by my parents who were immigrants from Europe, and had limited knowledge and resources in the American education system. Regardless of their circumstance, the message to me was clear, “You need to work hard and get yourself a solid education for a brighter future.” While I was certainly no Einstein, I listened to those words every day and kept in mind the sacrifice my parents made to ensure that my two siblings and I were successful. I had many obstacles along the way, but it was my family, friends, teachers, and countless other individuals who helped me along my path to get me to where I am today.
I believe that every child can succeed along their journey in education and life, but they will need help along the way. They need to have big dreams and a vision of where they would like to go in life, and they also need to get the necessary tools to help them progress along their journey. Schools have such a vital role in this journey, and I find it empowering to be a guide and mentor to children. I find it equally important to not only teach students academics, but also to develop character, social-emotional intelligence, team work, and community.
I come to Reskin Elementary School with a total of 10 years in education. I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northern Illinois University in 2006. In 2010 I earned my master’s degree in special education from Roosevelt University, and in 2016 I earned my master’s degree in administration from Concordia University. I started in education as a paraprofessional working with students with severe and profound disabilities. I then briefly worked as a kindergarten teacher before moving on to teaching at Marquardt Middle School for 7 years as a learning specialist in reading and math. Additionally, I coached basketball, wrestling, track, and cross country. During the summer I was either teaching or working as an administrator for the summer school program at Marquardt Middle School. I am happily married to my lovely wife that teaches at G. Stanley Hall Elementary school, and I also recently became a proud father to our first child, Elijah. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, playing sports, and reading.
Throughout the summer I have been working hard with the Marquardt District 15 administrative team to prepare for an exciting 2018-2019 school year. I am very much looking forward to meeting the children and families of Reskin!
charles g. reskin ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Christopher Rzemieniecki received a B.A. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University, a M.A. in Special Education from Roosevelt University, and a M.A. in Principal Preparation and Leadership from Concordia University. Mr. Rzemieniecki also has a Director of Special Education Endorsement from the University of Saint Francis. His experience as an educational leader ranges from his time in the classroom as a mathematics co-teacher and special education reading intervention teacher, to his experience as a middle school athletic director and summer school principal.