LiveWinnetka

Dave Nimick

Winnetka is one of the oldest and most established communities located in the heart of Chicago's historic North Shore. Every Wednesday, join Dave Nimick, a long-time resident and Winnetka enthusiast, as he interviews influential local educators, community leaders and residents as well as providing expert insights into our specific real estate market that can't be found anywhere else. If you are a current Winnetka resident, someone who is considering moving to this wonderful North Shore village, or a former Winnetkan just longing to hear about your old town, this is the podcast for you.


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Episodes

Jodi Reuter - Principal, Sacred Heart School
Aug 30 2023
Jodi Reuter - Principal, Sacred Heart School
Jodi Reuter, the dedicated Principal of Sacred Heart School. With an educational journey spanning 27 years, Jodi's dedication to molding the hearts and minds of students is truly inspirational. Starting as a grade school teacher, she acquired a 360-degree view of the education system which later propelled her to several administrative positions leading to her role as principal. Her current role at Sacred Heart School North Shore allows her to highlight the multifaceted programs that foster academic, personal, and cultural growth in students.In this episode, you will learn about:The varied selection of programs and offerings that promote holistic educationHow Sacred Heart balances and meets the unique needs of kids, staff, and parentsThe significance of a supporting and nurturing community within the Sacred Heart educational ecosystemHow Sacred Heart defines success differently for each student, enabling individual growthThe structures and techniques in place to handle bullying“We welcome all backgrounds and faiths, creating a safe environment for students to express who they are, grow with their culture, and share what's special about their families.” -Jodi ReuterConnect with Jodi:Website: https://www.shwschool.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shwschool.org/ Email: office@shwschool.org Sacred Heart Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sacredheartnorthshore/Sacred Heart Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shwschool.orgConnect with Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Liz Kunkle - Co-Founder, Go Green Winnetka
Jul 12 2023
Liz Kunkle - Co-Founder, Go Green Winnetka
Liz Kunkle, a name that resonates strongly within the environmental advocacy sphere in Winnetka. Liz's journey, saturated in various environmental endeavors, stitches together several roles. From co-founding Go Green Winnetka to her latest accomplishment, as the Illinois Environmental Council's first Zero Waste Policy Manager, Liz's commitment to the environmental cause is undeniable. Along with these cornerstone roles, her active involvement in a multitude of Winnetka Commissions and an impressive record of service in the legal field underscores her zeal for making a difference. She strikes a perfect blend of insightful knowledge and approachable demeanor.In this episode, you will learn about:The importance and impact of advocating for the environment within WinnetkaHow recycling and composting contribute to effective waste managementBusting myths and unveil the real challenges in recyclingHow collaboration between grassroots organizations and municipal authorities can bolster environmental initiativesEquipping yourself with sustainable practices and reliable resources to champion green living“By reducing waste, reusing, and composting, we can transform our world. It's time to think before we throw and create a sustainable future.” - Liz KunkleConnect with Liz:Website: https://gogreenwinnetka.org/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liz-kunkle-b002076/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenWinnetkaInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/gogreenwinnetka/Contact Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Allison and Marshall Brown, Winnetka Residents
Jun 28 2023
Allison and Marshall Brown, Winnetka Residents
Allison Brown and Marshall Brown are a dynamic couple who have experienced living in various parts of the United States before settling in Winnetka. They bring with them a unique perspective on community life and what it takes to create a sense of belonging within a local area. With Allison's upbringing in a suburban area of Los Angeles and Marshall growing up in Dallas, they've experienced different types of communities before choosing Winnetka as their home. Together, they share their insights and activities that have allowed them to fully integrate and appreciate the community vibe in Winnetka.In this episode, you will learn about:The unique atmosphere that makes Winnetka's community vibe stand outA variety of family-friendly activities and resources available in WinnetkaBoth outdoor and indoor leisure opportunities for fun-filled adventures in WinnetkaThe architecture and cultural experiences that contribute to happiness in townEngaging with the community and giving back to make Winnetka a better place“Winnetka is a place that we kind of loved from day one, and we love it more and more, especially as our son gets older, it's just such a great place for...such a great place to raise a family.” - Marshall BrownConnect with Allison and Marshall Brown:Website: https://www.gracenorthshore.org/Email: AllisonBowersBrown@gmail.com           marshall@gracenorthshore.orgContact Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Beth Carmody - Principal, Hubbard Woods School
Jun 14 2023
Beth Carmody - Principal, Hubbard Woods School
Beth Carmody is a passionate educator with a wealth of experience in the field, having begun her journey in education by aiding her younger brother with learning disabilities. She went on to explore various roles in education, from camp counseling to working in childcare centers and eventually becoming a kindergarten and first-grade teacher. During this time, she pursued her master's degree in educational leadership, an experience that took her to Hong Kong to serve as a principal. Now a proud principal at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, she is dedicated to the progressive education model and fostering a supportive community for her students, staff, and parents alike.In this episode, you will learn about:The transformative power of the progressive education model in Winnetka Public SchoolsHow individualized support can cater to each student's unique needs for successUncovering the significance of an inclusive learning environment and its role in promoting social-emotional learningThe common misconceptions surrounding school rankings and the need to prioritize a holistic educationExploring firsthand experiences of visiting schools and the dedication of passionate educators in District 36“Making mistakes is valued. Getting the right answer isn't the game. It's your thinking route to how this looks? What does this mean? And then I'm going to talk about how I thought about it, another student is going to talk about how they thought about it, and we're going to value each other's process.” - Beth CarmodyConnect with Beth:Website: https://hubbardwoods.winnetka36.org/Email: bethcarmody@winnetka36.orgContact Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Colin Cross - President, Winnetka "Paddle" Platform Tennis Club
May 31 2023
Colin Cross - President, Winnetka "Paddle" Platform Tennis Club
Colin Cross, a devoted paddle tennis aficionado and president of the Winnetka Platform Tennis Club. Having lived in Winnetka for over 30 years, he has established deep connections within the community and contributed significantly to the growth of paddle tennis. With more than 15 years of experience in the sport, he is passionate about sharing his love for paddle tennis with others and promoting its social and competitive aspects. Colin's leadership at the Winnetka Platform Tennis Club has played a vital role in expanding opportunities for players of all abilities.In this episode, you will learn about:The unique characteristics of platform tennis in comparison to traditional tennis and other racquet sportsThe storied past, growth-boosting initiatives, and community outreach initiatives of Winnetka Platform Tennis ClubThe development, clinics, and tournaments of the rising junior paddle tennis programThe local organizations aligning with paddle tennis, supporting community outreach and engagementThe diversity, experience the social camaraderie that arises from an inclusive and welcoming paddle tennis environment“There are 35 different skill levels known as a “Series”, so no matter what your level is, you’ll play against players of a similar skill set. It’s a competitive sport, but there’s food and beer provided as well, which is when the camaraderie starts setting in.”- Colin CrossConnect with Colin:Website: https://winnetkapaddle.com/Email: president@winnetkapaddle.comContact Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Joshua Swanner - Principal, Greeley School
May 24 2023
Joshua Swanner - Principal, Greeley School
Joshua Swanner is a passionate educator with 18 years of experience in the field, including teaching social studies, serving as an assistant principal, and now leading as the principal of Greeley Elementary School in Winnetka, Illinois. With a master's in Educational Leadership and currently pursuing a doctorate in Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership, Joshua is dedicated to staying current with research and promoting progressive education. A firm believer in the importance of whole-child development, he focuses on fostering creativity, inspiring lifelong learning, and nurturing social-emotional skills in students to help them reach their full potential.In this episode, you will learn about:The crucial role of progressive education in nurturing well-rounded childrenDiscovering effective methods for cultivating inclusion and a sense of belonging within educational settingsGaining insight into managing the delicate equilibrium of student, teacher, and parent needsInnovative ways to gauge student progress via assessment and growth trackingRecognizing the flaws and misrepresentations often found in school rankings“Exposing children to multiple ways of solving problems or understanding the why is really key. And I think all of that falls under the umbrella of progressive education. “- Joshua SwannerConnect with Joshua:Website: https://greeley.winnetka36.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-k-swanner-377a66126/Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshuaswanner?lang=enEmail: joshuaswanner@winnetka36.orgContact Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
John Peterson's Green Initiatives: Winnetka Park District's Eco-Friendly Projects
May 17 2023
John Peterson's Green Initiatives: Winnetka Park District's Eco-Friendly Projects
John Peterson, Executive Director of the Winnetka Park District, is a passionate advocate for community involvement and sustainable practices. With a background in risk management, John's career took a local turn when he decided to focus on giving back to his beloved Winnetka community. Under John's leadership, the Park District has flourished with exciting programs, activities, and collaborations with local organizations. John's latest focus includes the Park District's efforts to reduce plastic usage and develop a butterfly garden, showcasing his commitment to environmentally conscious initiatives.In this episode, you will learn about:Winnetka Park District's commitment to sustainability, including cutting down on plastic waste and developing a blossoming butterfly garden.The unique blend of leisure and education at the park district, ensuring meaningful community engagement.The importance of emergency readiness and the fruitful cooperation with local authorities.The essential role of measuring the impact of community-oriented programs for continued growth and success.Looking forward to an expanded future, complete with pristine beach areas and modern indoor tennis courts.“Our number one responsibility is to work collaboratively with the other governments that serve the community in a manner that brings more robust programming and cost efficiencies that ultimately are to the betterment of the residents.” - John PetersonConnect with John:Website: https://www.winpark.org/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-peterson-15330975/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/winnetkaparksEmail:wpdinfo@winpark.orgConnect with Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Winnetka's Strong Community: Ed & Alexandrea Gjertsen Share Their Story
May 10 2023
Winnetka's Strong Community: Ed & Alexandrea Gjertsen Share Their Story
Ed Gjertsen and Alexandrea Gjertsen are long time residents of Winnetka who have experienced firsthand the strong sense of community that makes this town so special. Having lived in the area for over 25 years, they have raised their children in Winnetka and have seen the positive impact of the progressive education system on their kids. Ed and Alexandrea are known for their warm and friendly approach to life, making them perfect ambassadors for the community they love. When they're not sharing their experiences as Winnetka residents, you can find them on the paddle tennis court, where they're both competitive players.In this episode, you will learn about:Discover the power of Winnetka's warm and welcoming community spirit.Learn why a skilled real estate professional is crucial for success in Winnetka's housing market.Uncover the vast assortment of events and pursuits that make Winnetka stand out.Understand Winnetka schools' cutting-edge teaching philosophy in preparing students for future success.Witness the commitment to community improvement and infrastructure development in Winnetka.“The support system was excellent, in my opinion, because again, it's a challenging curriculum, and you can challenge yourself all along the way. “- Ed Gjertsen Connect with Ed:Website: https://engagewealthgroup.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edgjertsenii/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edgjertsen/Email: engage@engagewealthgroup.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/EdGjertsenIIConnect with Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka
Luke Livingston - Principal, Crow Island School
May 3 2023
Luke Livingston - Principal, Crow Island School
Luke Livingston, an educator with a passion for teaching, thoroughly enjoys the progressive education approach at Crow Island School, where students learn important skills like empathy and problem-solving through hands-on activities.In this episode, you will learn about:The journey through the innovative progressive education model of Crow Island School and its legacy. The profound impact of empathy, collaboration, and intrinsic motivation in student growth. The challenge of meeting the needs of students, parents, and teachers in contemporary classrooms. Effective behavior management and promoting inclusivity for diverse student populations. The value of direct school engagement as a powerful asset compared to online evaluations.Luke Livingston, a seasoned educator with over 17 years of experience, is the principal at Crow Island School. His career began with Teach for America, where he fell in love with teaching and mentoring young minds. Since then, Luke has taught multiple grade levels and held leadership roles, including assistant principal and principal positions. Now in his second year at Crow Island School, he is a strong proponent of the progressive education model, working to create an inclusive and innovative learning environment for his students.“Our goal is to really empower every student to grow in an inclusive, innovative, and experiential environment.” - Luke LivingstonConnect with Luke:Website: https://crowisland.winnetka36.org/Email: lukelivingston@winnetka36.orgTwitter: https://twitter.com/MrLlivingstonConnect with Dave:Website: https://livewinnetka/Email: dave@livewinnetka.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/livewinnetka/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiveWinnetka