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Kristen Kalivas

Kristen Kalivas

Math teacher

Indian Prairie School District 204 (Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley High School)

Aurora, IL

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Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley

Head Girls' Softball Coach

As the head girls' softball coach I have worked with other spring coaches in the building in order to organize gym space during the cold months of the spring. I have planned and organized practices for both indoor and outdoor practices, stayed current on new rules/bat regulations, attended clinics to continue to improve my knowledge of the skills and fundamentals of the game, taken care of field maintenance, rescheduled games due to rainouts, set up the sound system and scoreboard for each contest, talked with newspapers, communicated with parents about rainouts and rescheduled games, communicated with fellow coaches to set up games, kept season stats using an iPad application, scouted opposing teams, communicated with summer ball coaches, communicated with college coaches on behalf of recruits, and promoted/organized/and run summer camps for feeder athletes.
Coaching softball has helped me teach athletes how to perform under pressure, stay confident, and stay relaxed.

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Waubonsie and Metea Valley High School

Head Girls' Basketball Coach

As the head girls' basketball coach at Waubonsie Valley, we won four Regional Championships in five years and two Conference titles.
At Metea Valley, I started the program from the ground up. In our first year of varsity competition our record was 7-14. The next year we turned things around to finish 14-7 and in our third year of varsity competition we won 22 games.
In both programs I was in charge of handling the program budget, organizing off season workouts, setting up/promoting/and running summer camps for both the high school athletes and our feeder athletes, scouting opponents, talking to newspapers, keeping and compiling game stats, talking with college coaches on behalf of recruits, rating officials after each contest, updating scores on our school website, communicating with parents and athletes to make sure we are all on the same page, and communicating with other coaches about conference rules/opponents/and all conference athletes. I also communicated with our boys head coach in order to organize gym space and practice times and for jv and lower level games at times I handled the set up and tear down of the gymnasium.
When I was coaching at Waubonsie, I ran a spring league for 18 high school teams. For this league, I paid officials and organized the league schedule. I made sure everything ran smoothly each week.
We also co- hosted a Thanksgiving Tournament every year with West Aurora High School. For this tournament, I was in charge of the scheduling, keeping track of the scores of each contest, and compiling the all tournament team list.
As a head coach, I have learned how to communicate with lower level coaches so that our expectations are the same and our program philosophy is being implemented at each level. I have also learned how to perform and stay level headed in pressure situations while communicating to the athletes what needs to be accomplished.

Career

Indian Prairie School District 204 (Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley High School)

Math teacher

As a math teacher, I have managed a classroom made up of a diverse population of students. In order to meet the needs of these students, everyday I collaborate with colleagues in order to design the best possible lesson plans. I hold my students accountable for their actions as well as their work by having high expectations and keeping the classroom student based.
In the classroom I work closely with a special education co teacher to maintain discipline in the classroom and to make sure the students are receiving the one on one attention they need in order to grasp the mathematical concepts being presented.

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Wheatland Spikes

Softball Coach

While coaching for the Wheatland Spikes I worked closely with the parents and other coaches to decided which tournaments we should enter to best expose our athletes to college coaches, I recruited athletes to play for our team, I organized/ran practices, and I made in game decisions.

Career

Wheatland Athletic Association

Field maintenance

I was in charge of preparing both softball and baseball fields for play. This included lining the field, dragging the field, and watering down the field if necessary. This job required me to work at any time of day. I worked at 9 pm, 6 am, or in the middle of the day.

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Wheatland Athletic Association

Umpire

As an umpire, I controlled both softball and baseball games for ages 8-14. I started the games on time, held coaches meetings at the start of the contests, and made the decision to cancel the game due to inclement weather.
Umpiring softball games helped me to see our athletes that would feed into the high school. I was able to become familiar with their skills and see their growth.

Career

Aurora University

Masters, Administration- type 75 certification

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North Central College

BA, Mathematics Education

I was a two sport athlete at North Central, competing in both womens' basketball and women's' softball. I was an All -Conference athlete in both sports and an All-Midwest athlete in softball. I also was a captain in both sports. In October of 2012, I was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
As a student, I was on a Presidential Scholarship for all four years.

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