Nicole Edwards

Department Chair


  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    Igniting passion and discovery means creating opportunities for students and teachers to explore, create, and share ideas in a safe, nurturing environment. Through collaboration with the English team and the entire Lakes community, my goal is to empower all Eagles to soar in and out of the English classroom. I believe that our mission encourages the Lakes family to work as a team as we make meaningful, original, and bold discoveries.

  • A Teachable Moment

    When Mr. Schmidt squawked, "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" during my seventh grade reading class, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was real for me because our class Captain, Mr. Schmidt, was an inspiration. He had this big, red, plastic and feathers parrot duct taped to his shoulder, a bandana wrapped around his head, and a booming voice that transported us from school to the mutinous seas. Mr. Schmidt made it cool to love learning. He demonstrated the kind of passion for teaching that I strive for in my own career. He loved his students, he cared about our learning, and he created opportunities for us to strive, if anything, for theatrical excellence as well as literal.

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    Community High School District 117

    1625 Deep Lake Road

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-395-9001

    Fax: 847-395-7553

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    Antioch Community High School

    1133 Main Street

    Antioch, Illinois 60002

    Phone: 847-395-1421

    Fax: 847-395-2435

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    Lakes Community High School

    1600 Eagle Way Drive

    Lake Villa, Illinois 60046

    Phone: 847-838-7100

    Fax: 847-838-3670