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Darla Medernach: A 'Tough, But Fair' Teacher

May 01, 2014 09:23PM, Published by Steven Jack, Categories: Education, Today


Darla Medernach



Darla Medernach Language Arts Teacher 

Thompson Junior High Years with district 35

“Darla Medernach has had a positive impact on many students throughout her teaching and coaching career. She will be remembered for her leadership, dedication, and contributions to the Oswego Education Association and its members.”

—Principal Shannon Lueders, Thompson Junior High

Darla Medernach began her career with District 308 in 1980 as a seventh and eighth grade Language Arts teacher at Thompson Junior High. In 1985 or 1986 she moved to Oswego High School to teach freshman and sophomore English. Five years later, she transferred back to Thompson Junior High to once again teach Language Arts to eighth graders.

Medernach also has a long history of coaching. She coached girls basketball at Traughber Junior High, intramural basketball at East View Elementary and Thompson Junior High, track at Thompson Junior High, volleyball at Thompson Junior High and Aurora Central Catholic, and softball at Aurora Central Catholic and West Chicago.

“I will always remember transferring back to Thompson after teaching at Oswego High School for five years, being voted in as OEA president twice, and being told I was a tough but fair teacher,” says Medernach.

On June 1, Medernach will set sail on an Alaskan cruise. She also plans to spend more time in Michigan and travel the United States with her best friend, Louise Hammond, and her Siberian husky, Skye. 

Provided by District 308


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