Athletics

Rick Williams

Athletic Director, US Varsity Boys Basketball - Head Coach
Bachelor of Arts, Judson University

The Athletic Department at Elgin Academy is designed to excite athletes about the process of daily improvement. We believe through hard work, teamwork and dedication, student athletes continue the standard of excellence first established in the classroom.
- Rick Williams

Craig Pinson

MS Athletic Director, LS & MS PE Teacher, MS Boys Baseball - Head Coach
Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University
Master of Science, Ohio University

While I am only just beginning my time at Elgin Academy, I can already see that this community is truly one of a kind. In my entire teaching and coaching career, I have never seen such a caring and supportive student body. The passion, positivity, and dedication that each student brings daily to the EA Community drives me to be the best teacher and leader that I can possibly be.
- Craig Pinson

Rose Johnson

Athletic and Admissions Assistant

My goal as the Receptionist/Athletic Assistant is to make each student and family member feel welcomed and excited to know they made the right choice in Elgin Academy as they come through our doors and to our athletic events. I am excited to get to know everyone and to be involved in the EA Community.
- Rose Johnson

Spring Coaches

Veronica Clements

Middle & Upper School Videography, MS Girls Soccer Head Coach
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Illinois

My passion for learning is what inspired me to become a teacher. I want to ignite that same passion in my students in a way that inspires them to create visual media beyond what they thought was possible for themselves.
- Veronica Clements

When I came to Elgin Academy as a student in the ninth grade, I was ready to work hard but I was very unsure of what goals I was trying to accomplish because I saw a separation between what my true dreams were and what I thought I was supposed to do. It was through my teachers at Elgin Academy and their fierce encouragement and support that I was able to realize I was both capable and worthy of achieving my dreams. The teachers and faculty believed in me more than I believed in myself, and they saw something in me that I was not able to see yet. That is exactly why I want to be a teacher, especially at Elgin Academy. I will believe in my students and push them to create media artworks beyond what they thought were possible by working together through creative teamwork.

As a videography teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to give students a visual vocabulary for them to be able to articulate what they see and feel in a new way. Through this vocabulary, they will be able to effectively create meaningful videos, drawing from critical film knowledge and their own innovative techniques. Some of the best teaching advice I have received is, “Whoever is working is the one who is learning,” which is how I want to manage my classroom. I want to provide resources, art, and film examples to students that inspire them to use the camera in new ways in order to produce and edit their own stories. I want my students to look at the world differently, see art in the ordinary, and find inventive ways to create and problem solve. It is my job to provide students with context of what they’re learning and the work they are making, which in turn shows them how media effects the way history is shaped. It is important for me to help my students understand the power of film and its impact on the world and the gravity of the expectation for authenticity. Through the study of film and media, both historically and contemporarily, students will gain a visual understanding of the topics covered in their other classes as well as an insight into the way the film industry has evolved and who has typically been included and excluded from the narratives. I want students to be able to empathetically tell a story.

My teaching style is something that is in its early stages of development. I know I can learn a lot from my students and I am eager to do so. My passion and excitement about art and its historical and contemporary influence will be contagious. My students will be exposed to a variety of different camera, editing, and compositional techniques and strategies and will learn about how they developed and why they are important. From there, students will be expected to work in groups and on their own to demonstrate understanding in the way that excites them. I want my class to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of visual topics in order to serve as tools in strengthening what they are already passionate about or as a way of realizing a completely new creative outlet. Through collaboration comes success, and through laughter comes healing. I want my students to see that having fun and working hard should be of equal importance when expressing themselves. Through working together in each process of production, students will grow and learn from each other. Through projects that push them to create art out of each moment, they can see beauty in mundane and excitement in uniqueness. I understand students know how to use technology, so it is my goal to teach them how to use their eyes in a new way and that preproduction is most important.

When my students create visual media that innovatively combines strategies they learned in class with their own passion and explorative techniques, I will know I have accomplished what I set out to do as a teacher. When my students are able to watch a film or visual media and critically understand and engage in a dialogue about the goals of the creators and the techniques used to achieve these goals, I will know they understand the difference between how they truly feel and how effective visual communication makes an audience feel. I will know my students have grown when I see them talking about who and what is left out of the conversation or media, and creating their own works that push to progress limitations in current visual consumption. Most importantly, when my students are having fun creating with each other, I know I am being an effective teacher.

Israel Cruz

US Varsity Baseball - Assistant Coach

Vincent Harris

US Varsity Baseball - Assistant Coach

Corinne Lam

US Cross Country - Assistant Coach, US Track and Field - Assistant Coach
Attending North Central College

I'd made it this far and refused to give up because all my life I had always finished the race.
- Corinne Lam

Brian LeVanti

US Tack and Field - Head Coach, US Cross Country - Head Coach
Master of Arts, National Louis

Kevin Meek

US Varsity Boys Soccer - Head Coach, US Varsity Girls Soccer - Head Coach

I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Hilltopper community. I am looking forward to working and growing with this amazing group of passionate, hardworking, and dedicated young student athletes.
- Kevin Meek

Rebekah Moe

US Math, US Girls Soccer Assistant Coach
Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University

I want my students to enjoy learning math. I want them to master the concepts, but I don’t think that learning must come through just one method, but a combination of techniques. I want the students to learn how to properly use technology as a tool to support and verify their learning.
- Becky Moe

Sterling Perez

Maintenance, US Boys Tennis - Assistant Coach, US Girls Tennis - Assistant Coach
Associates of Arts, Elgin Community College

I am so grateful to be a part of the Elgin Academy Community because of the respect, passion, and kindness everyone has towards the Community.
- Sterling Perez

Everyone was so welcoming my first year working on the maintenance team. I love working in and supporting great communities, such as Elgin Academy. It makes it all the easier to work here when people are so friendly and respectful when I pass by. The students are so passionate with working with each other on projects or activities throughout the EA experience!! Our maintenance crew is very dedicated to helping grow our community, as well as, keeping our community a safe and better place for our EA Students!



Jordan Perry

MS Boys Soccer - Assistant Coach, MS Baseball - Assistant Coach

Craig Pinson

MS Athletic Director, LS & MS PE Teacher, MS Boys Baseball - Head Coach
Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University
Master of Science, Ohio University

While I am only just beginning my time at Elgin Academy, I can already see that this community is truly one of a kind. In my entire teaching and coaching career, I have never seen such a caring and supportive student body. The passion, positivity, and dedication that each student brings daily to the EA Community drives me to be the best teacher and leader that I can possibly be.
- Craig Pinson

Bill Rodriguez

MS Girls Soccer - Assistant Coach, US Boys Soccer - Assistant Coach, US Girls Basketball - Assistant Coach, US Boys Baseball - Assistant Coach

Greg Rouse

US Varsity Boys Tennis - Assistant Coach

Steven Shapiro

US Varsity Baseball - Head Coach

Vince Thomas

Upper School Math & Science, MS Cross Country - Assistant Coach, US Track and Field - Assistant Coach
Master of Arts, North Central College
Master of Science, University of Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science, Princeton University

I believe that the primary purpose of high school science courses is to help students become critical thinkers, better problem solvers, and informed citizens. To this end, my courses include discussion of current news events pertaining to issues facing contemporary society.
- Vince Thomas

I have been teaching for over 20 years, and since fall 1998 at Elgin Academy, where I am the Upper School Dean of Students and Physics teacher. At EA, all students take either Conceptual Physics or Mathematical (Honors) Physics in either the junior or senior year.

I am a former engineer, and thus appreciate how science study can lead to future college majors and careers. However, I believe that the primary purpose of high school science courses is to help students become critical thinkers, better problem solvers, and informed citizens. To this end, my courses include discussion of current news events pertaining to issues facing contemporary society. Among these are hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and the use of alternative or renewable fuels for transportation and power generation, and how these affect the environment and the question of climate change.

I know that physics is a difficult subject for students taking it for the first time, even for students who have been successful in other science courses. Consequently, I devote a good portion of class time to addressing student questions and am readily available for help outside of class. I also know that some students struggle with working alone on a new subject, and thus allow my students to have a “study buddy” in completing homework.

I have found through experience that, by actively engaging with the subject inside and outside of class, all students can gain a better grasp of physics-related topics. My Conceptual Physics students draw on this understanding as citizens and voters, or in business-related careers. For my Honors Physics students, this insight is often a basis for further physics study in pre-medical, engineering, or computer science majors.

I believe that the most important idea that I can help all of my students appreciate is related to a central idea in science called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Specifically, it is this: there are no easy answers facing society; for every “solution” to a problem, there are economic and environmental impacts. I hope that this knowledge will help my students to see “the Big Picture,” and to realize that science does not exist in a vacuum, but is rather tied together with all other areas of endeavor and decision-making.