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Retiring Dean, Pat Shea

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Retiring Dean, Pat Shea

Like most years, this school year sees its fair share of retiring teachers. At the end of this semester, this will include saying goodbye to one of the O’Plaine deans: Dean Shea. I had the chance to sit down with him and discuss what his experience has been like at Warren.

Before he worked at Warren, Dean Shea graduated from Eastern Illinois University. After that, he worked as a teacher and coach at Glenbard East High School for 3 years before beginning his career as a dean. After 5 years at Glenbard East, he became a dean at Warren and has held this position for the past 25 years. After retiring from Warren, he has plans for rest & recreation, but also a few possible job opportunities.

When I asked Dean Shea what he would miss the most about working at Warren, he emphasized the people and relationships he has forged during his time here. He said he would miss the energy of the students and the relationships he has with them, and well as the friendships and camaraderie he’s developed with his colleagues over his 25 years at Warren. Additionally, he shared that he has started to see the children of his former students come through Warren, highlighting his long career in the community.

When I asked Dean Shea what the most meaningful experience he’s had here at Warren, unsurprisingly, he said that there were too many to count. However, he then went on to say that seeing students grow and mature as individuals over their four years is one impactful experience. Finally, when asked for any advice or hopes for Warren’s future, Dean Shea emphasized the importance of kindness. He wants students to rally with each other and accept everyone else who goes to Warren. He also encourages students to do their best everyday, treat others how you want to be treated, and work hard. As a final word, Dean Shea would like to thank everyone who had a hand in shaping his memorable 25 year tenure. 

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