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Chicago Blackhawks – 2020 Teacher Highlight

Congrats to Colleen Khani of Stevenson School for being highlighted as an exceptional Blackhawks Hockey Scholar educator!

What grade/subject do you teach and how long have you been teaching?

I have taught special education for the past 31 years. This is my second year teaching technology.

Why did you decide to become a teacher and what is your favorite part about teaching?

I wanted to be a teacher since I was in 4th grade. When I was in 7th grade, I began babysitting for a little girl with Downs Syndrome. She was involved with the Special Olympics through the Chicago Park District so I began volunteering at Mt. Greenwood Park. This is when I knew I wanted to teach special education.

What is your favorite part of Future Goals and how are you using it in your classroom?

I love the Future Goals program because my students are practicing real life math skills and they enjoy it. My students love using the program because it is fun.

What was your students’ reaction to the course?

They loved it from day 1. Most of my students were not familiar with hockey since they are from Mexico. They like being exposed to a new sport and learning about it.

Who is your favorite NHL player and why?

I grew up in Chicago the youngest of 10 children, I had 4 brothers and 5 sisters. My brothers used to freeze the yard and play hockey every winter. They loved Bobby Hull so I did too. Today my favorite player would be Jonathan Toews because I have seen pictures of him volunteering at Misericordia which is an amazing place that is close to my heart.

If you played hockey, would you rather be the goalie or a goal scorer? Why?

I would rather be the goal scorer because I would be too afraid of being hit with a puck.

How else are you involved in your local community? Please share any additional information about yourself.

I am on our Sustainable Community Schools Committee at my school. I am also on our PPC. I recently started a Little Free Library Club at my school and we built the first Little Free Library in our zip code. We installed it in front of our school. I keep busy getting donations of books to keep it stocked.