Patricia Bartolome Del Canto comes to LFA from West Virginia University, where she recently completed a master's degree in TESOL and Linguistics. Patricia grew up in Salamanca, Spain, and she attended undergrad at the University of Salamanca, majoring in translation and interpreting. She also holds a master's degree in education from the University Pontificia of Salamanca. At LFA, Patricia will teach both French, in which she is fluent, and Spanish, her native language. She will help time Junior Varsity Field Hockey in the fall and will serve as the assistant coach for the Cheer/Dance team in the winter. She lives on campus and is a dorm parent in Marshall Field House.
Q: What attracted you to LFA? A: I liked the community and the pillars on which education is based. I love being able to reach students not only within a class, but also in other ways, such as being a dorm parent or a coach.
Q: What are you most excited about in your first year? A: I am very excited to be involved at LFA and to introduce French and Spanish culture to my students. I also love doing sports, so I'm very excited to be an assistant coach for the Cheer/Dance team!
Q: What's an LFA event or tradition that you're most looking forward to? A: Since I'm from Spain, I have never been to Homecoming or Prom, so I'm really excited for that!
Gillian Teichman comes to LFA after recently graduating from Illinois State University with her Bachelor of Art in Art Education. During her time at Illinois State University, she found her passion in photography, ceramics, and glass. Gillian spent her time working as a board member on the National Art Education Association student panel and spoke at conferences like the Illinois Art Education Association. She will be teaching the photography courses this year.
Q: What attracted you to LFA? A: I was drawn to the flexibility of the curriculum and how forward-thinking LFA is. I think especially with art, staying up-to-date with the newest thinking and technology is beneficial and it was really exciting to see that ideology being used here.
Q: Where's your favorite hang-out spot on campus? A: My favorite spot right now is the library! There is something very soothing about that room and it's very easy to fall into work mode.
Q: What's an LFA event or tradition that you're most looking forward to? A: I'm really looking forward to school dances like Homecoming and Prom! I think events like these are so fun to see and be involved in, and I'm excited to see everyone all dressed up and having fun.
Tanika Golota steps into a new role at LFA, now serving as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Summer Programs. She first joined the LFA community in 2017 as the Girls Basketball coach and later joined the Athletics department in 2021. Tanika holds a bachelor's degree from North Central College, and she is a Certified Athletic Administrator and is state-certified with IHSA Coaching and Sports First Aid. Currently, Tanika also serves as the assistant Girls Varsity Volleyball coach and leads the Caxy Athletics Team committee to help increase school spirit. Tanika lives on campus in Remsen Cottage with her husband Ted, an LFA math teacher, and their children.
Q: What attracted you to LFA? A: LFA felt like a melting pot of different cultures, which resonated with me most deeply!
Q: What are you most excited about in your first year in your new role? A: I'm excited to continue helping to build up our athletic programs; specifically our girls sports through ensuring quality coaching and more competitive programs.
Q: What's an LFA event or tradition you're most looking forward to? A: I'm looking forward to the basketball season, as I always love the amazing school spirit during those games.
David Scarisbrick joined LFA a member of the English department this past January. For the 2023-24 school year, he will be teaching English 9 and AP Language and Composition. A native of Charlotte, N.C., David has spent the last six years teaching after having earned his master's degree in English literature from Appalachian State University, and he has spent time studying literature at St. Edmund's Hall, a college of Oxford, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. His classes are built upon his love of stories and people, and he hopes to inspire a passion for thinking critically and caring sincerely about one another. David currently resides on campus, is a dorm parent in Marshall Field House, and will help coach the Boys Swimming team in the winter.
Q: What attracted you to LFA? A: I was attracted to LFA by the rare opportunity to live and work shoulder-to-shoulder with brilliant, critical students and peers.
Q: What are you most excited about as you enter your first full school year at LFA? A: I'm excited to continue developing the great working relationships I have with people in the community.
Q: Where's your favorite hang-out spot on campus? A: Upper Reid!