Patrick Koenig - Second Grade Intervention Specialist
When asked what kind of student he was, October’s Featured Faculty Member, Patrick Koenig, replied that until high school he had “study habits with much suspect.” Thankfully, his twin sister kept him on track and organized. Patrick graduated from University High School and then went on to Notre Dame College where he was he earned his degree in education as a Mild to Moderate Intervention Specialist.
Patrick first became familiar with Julie Billiart School when a Little League teammate mentioned he was a student at what is now JB-Lyndhurst. Once in college, Patrick chose to do his student observation at JB because it was close to campus and “worked well around his basketball schedule”. Two years later as a college senior, Patrick returned to JB as a student teacher with Sr. Sharon Kovalcik in the second grade. Patrick was back at JB the following year as a long term substitute and then, shortly thereafter, as a first grade teacher. Today you can find Patrick amongst his second grader students and his teaching partner Nathan Rotkovsky. “This job keeps me on my toes,” said Patrick, “I love that it’s predictable and yet so unpredictable all at the same time. My students never cease to surprise me!”
“Patrick starts off each day with the first and second grade students by doing 'heavy work' to get them engaged and ready for the day.” said JB-Lyndhurst Principal Jodi Johnston. “His enthusiasm and willingness to participate in assemblies, fun activity days, etc... not only make a great impression and impact the primary students, but also serves as a wonderful model for the older students. His kindness and willingness to be silly helps support the students in their learning. The kids come to school every day knowing they are cared for, they are safe, and they will have fun learning.”
Congratulations Mr. Koenig. You’re one of the many reasons that families from 36 school districts choose Julie Billiart Schools for their child with unique learning needs.