Although I have told many people in person, I have not had an opportunity to post an important professional change to viewers of our website. For our interested martial arts family and friends, I want to share with you my professional change and also post the summer schedule and preview a tentative fall schedule.
I have accepted a full-time teaching position at Illinois Central College for this upcoming school year and have resigned as a teacher at Metamora High School. Without a doubt, the decision was very difficult. The family and friends I have gained at Metamora are incredibly valuable to me. Working with high school students has been a great pleasure in my life for ten wonderful years. It was with a heavy heart that I said good-bye to my co-workers, administration, and Metamora students.
However, I am very excited about my future at Illinois Central College. I will be teaching college level communication classes and will have several incredible opportunities. My hope is to be involved with changes in online education, and I may even have an opportunity to work with the International Studies Department, specifically between ICC and colleges in Japan.
Communication (in addition to martial arts) is my passion. This May, I graduated with a second master’s degree—this time in speech communication. During the school year, I was made aware of an opportunity to become a full-time professor at ICC. I pursued the opportunity, and out of nearly 80 applicants, I was selected at the finalist.
I am already teaching at ICC this summer, but I begin full-time in August. I look forward to new challenges and opportunities at the college level, but I will miss Metamora High School dearly.
With that said, it is my intent to continue the martial arts program as is. I have met with black belts and instructors, and we will be working as a team to continue the program. We plan to have the same schedule at Metamora as we did this previous school year, and we plan to continue the programs at Riverview and Germantown.
Here is a preview for fall:
At Metamora High School: Deshi Thomas will teach Tuesdays and the practice will be supervised by Denise Deters. Robert Unger will lead the workout on Wednesdays. Joshu Andy and Joshu Adair will alternate teaching on Thursdays and the practice will be supervised by Robert Unger. Mr. Hawkey will also continue to lead a Thursday advance class. I will schedule myself to teach as often as possible, but I do not yet know my fall schedule. My plan is to be at Metamora High during all stripe review weeks and at least one practice per week (some Tuesdays, some Wednesdays, some Thursdays so I can work with everyone). Additionally, I plan to schedule a specific practice to work with advanced students, especially those approaching black belt. PE waivers should still be available. Please note, however, that all of this information is subject to change and is still pending approval from Metamora administration. I am sure it will be approved, but we may not know for sure until later in the summer.
At Germantown: Deshi Adam will continue to lead practices on Thursdays.
At Riverview: Practices will be led by Joshu Andy and Joshu Adair who may alternate weeks, and Robert Unger will also assist and supervise practices.
I’m excited to have so many wonderful leaders in our program. The true strength of a program is revealed by the student-leaders, not simply by one instructor. We have a very strong program that I am very proud of.
I will post the summer schedule below. Always check our Facebook site for updates. Especially during this hot weather, we may cancel classes due to extreme heat.
If you have any questions, post a comment below. Also, please update your address books with the following information:
My new work e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I don’t know my office phone number, but you may still reach me on my cell at 309-256-6406. My new work mailing address (starting August 1) is as follows: Illinois Central College/ Dept of Communication/ Attn: Joe Chianakas/ One College Drive/ East Peoria, IL 61635.
I look forward to continuing our martial arts journeys together, no matter where our professional and personal lives take us.
Thu June 9: All students, all ages, all ranks- @ Metamora High wrestling room; instructors/supervisors: Robert Unger and Andy Seidel, 6-7
Tues June 14 (subject to change; will let you know the weekend before): Advanced students only (Brown belts and higher) with Mr. Chianakas at MTHS, 6-8
Wed June 15: Advanced students only- @ Mr. Hawkey’s, 6-8
Thu June 23: All students, all ages, all ranks- @ Metamora High wrestling room; instructors/supervisors: Robert Unger and Adair Rodriguez, 6-7
Wed June 29: Advanced students only- @ Mr. Hawkey’s, 6-8
Thursday July 7: All students, all ages, all ranks- @ Metamora High wrestling room; instructors/supervisors: Robert Unger and Andy Seidel, 6-7
Tuesday July 12: (subject to change; will let you know one week in advance): Advanced students only with Mr. Chianakas at MTHS, 6-8
Wednesday July 13: Advanced students only- @ Mr. Hawkey’s, 6-8
Thursday July 21: All students, all ages, all ranks- @ Metamora High wrestling room; instructors/supervisors: Robert Unger and Adair Rodriguez, 6-7
Wednesday July 27: Advanced students only- @ Mr. Hawkey’s, 6-8