All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is thrilled to announce that Anne Walchak, M.A., has joined the program as the new EDGE Learning Coordinator. She is taking over the position from Kyla Cretekos-Gross, who recently left EDGE to pursue career opportunities closer to family and friends in her hometown.
Anne earned her Bachelor of Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2011. She continued her academic career at DePaul University, earning her Master of Arts in Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies in 2013. Anne has since spent substantial time in the world of education. She recently held teaching positions with Chicago Public Schools and University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program. Through her experiences, Anne has developed a love for helping students understand new concepts and find pride in their academic progress.
“I’ve become really passionate about working with diverse learners,” said Anne. “As a teacher of seven years, I’ve taught students from the general population as well as those in special education. My experiences have exposed me to a variety of learning styles and resources that I can use and adapt for each student here at EDGE.”
As the EDGE Learning Coordinator, Anne provides academic coaching to students both individually and in a group setting. Her support includes collaborating with students to set and discuss goals, select courses and build positive habits. One of Anne’s main priorities as she begins her work at EDGE is to build a strong relationship with each student.
“Students have a lot of voices coming at them from different directions,” said Anne. “I want to create a space where they have someone they can trust and talk to on a regular basis. I’m excited to help EDGE students find greater motivation and start heading down academic paths they can be proud of.”
In her free time, Anne loves to read, travel, cook and explore different Chicago restaurants. When she’s not curled up with the latest memoir or eating Vietnamese food, you can find her helping students achieve success in college and beyond.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.