The Foxes Den is a podcast series dedicated to learning more about the culture, character, and spirit of what makes the Yorkville School District so unique. The series takes an in-depth approach to learning more about a person’s ”why” and their journey to Yorkville School District 115.
Listen in as Chris Palmisano, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Head Coach for Boys Varsity Soccer Team, and Yorkville High School’s Activities Director, discusses all the great activities that will be happening during Homecoming Week 2023. Hear the passion in his voice as he shares his selflessness mentality and student first approach. Listen as he shares why that one student will always stay with him, and the tough career choice ...
Listen in as Joe Blomquist, Director of Business Services for Yorkville District 115, discusses all-things-food regarding the new school lunch and breakfast program that will start at the beginning of the 2023/24 school year. Hear the passion as he shares his insights and feelings about student nutrition and the positive effects it has on their learning. Listen as we discuss how the food will be prepared, fresh, every day, and some...
Listen in as Luke Engelhardt, Associate Principal for Athletics, Activities, and Facilities at Yorkville High School discusses his athletic career as a Yorkville Fox and as a two-sport athlete at Aurora University. Hear about the educators in his family and the path he took to become the Athletic Director at Yorkville High School, how important the Yorkville summer camps are to our student athletes, and just how far the golf cart c...
Listen in as Melinda Hafenrichter, Principal at Yorkville Grade School, discusses the motto of her school and what it means to staff, students, and parents. Hear about where her love of teaching comes from, what she would change if she had to do it all over again, and how many state championships she won as a middle school athlete.
Listen in as Melinda Lasky, Director of Student Services, and Emma McGuire, Assistant Director of Student Services for Yorkville District 115 discuss the types of support District 115 offers the students and staff. Hear what special education means to them, the most challenging and rewarding aspects of their roles, and why that one student always stays with them.
Listen in as Yorkville Middle School 8th Grade Students, Makayla Bryant, Reese Benjamin and Jaydin Kimont, discuss their thoughts about being freshmen in high school next year. Hear what activities they enjoy outside of class, the advice they would give to the incoming 7th grade class, and what grade they would give to the food in the school lunch program.
Listen in as Cory Mehnert, Early Childhood Coordinator, discusses the time she spent 5 months as an exchange student in Uruguay. Hear about the A-Ha moment in becoming an early childhood teacher, what advice she would give her 17-year-old self, and the one thing she asked for most while living in another country.
Listen in as Dr. David Travis, Principal of Yorkville High School, discusses the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of being a High School Principal. Hear about the path he took in becoming a teacher, who is that one student he remembers most and why, and the fall he took before joining the Air Force.
Listen in as Steph McHugh, Yorkville District Book Ambassador, discusses where her love of books come from, her favorite camp in all the world, and what her classroom library looked like when she was a teacher. Hear how she searches out book stores across the globe, and what she can tell us about the secret society of the Book Ninjas.
Listen in as Yorkville High School Student Council President, Annie Wolf, and Vice President, Makenna Edwards discuss why Student Council is so important to them. Hear what it was like planning all the events during Homecoming week, what they do to get away from the everyday grind of being a high school student, and what they wish they knew as freshman to make the experience even sweeter.
Listen in as Dan McGuire, Head Coach of the Varsity Football team and Assistant Athletic Director at Yorkville School District 115, discusses the importance of the Homecoming Football Game, and how his coaching styles has changed over the years. Hear what led him to go into education, and his new found love of grilled peanut butter sandwiches.
Listen in as Chris Muth, Special Education Teacher and Head Coach for the Girls and Boys XC team, discusses his coaching philosophies and how they have changed over the years. Hear why Coach Muth compares the XC season to the Christmas Holidays, the reason he became a special education teacher, and what musical instrument gave him the best chance at a college scholarship.
Listen in as Dr. Lynn Burks, Board of Education President, discusses the path she took to become the Board of Education President for the Yorkville School District. Hear why Dr. Burks loves the combination of learning and travel, why financial literacy should be part of the everyday life balance, and where she would ski if given the perfect day.
Listen in as Victor Anderson, Band Director and Music Department Chair for Yorkville School District 115, discusses what it means to be awarded Best Communities for Music Education for the 5th year in a row. Listen as Mr. Anderson shares how the district’s music department has changed during his time at District 115, where his love of music came from, and what instrument is his favorite to play when he wants to get away from it all...
Listen in as Dr. Tim Shimp, Superintendent for Yorkville School District 115, discusses his career path to becoming the Superintendent for the Yorkville School District. Listen as Dr. Shimp shares what he has learned about himself and the community while navigating through a pandemic, what he sees in the crystal ball when looking into the future, what he is most proud of as an educator, and how many degrees away he really is from a...
"McCartney: A Life in Lyrics" offers listeners the opportunity to sit in on conversations between Paul McCartney and poet Paul Muldoon dissecting the people, experiences, and art that inspired McCartney’s songwriting. These conversations were held during the past several years as the two collaborated on the best selling book, “The Lyrics: 1965 to Present.” Over two seasons and 24 episodes of “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics”, you’ll hear a combination master class, memoir, and improvised journey with one of the most beloved figures in popular music. Each episode focuses on one song from McCartney’s iconic catalog – spanning early Beatles through his solo work. Season 1 premieres on October 4th. “McCartney: A Life in Lyrics” is a co-production between iHeart Media, MPL and Pushkin Industries. Cover Portrait © 1967 Paul McCartney / Photographer: Linda McCartney
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