Police were questioning two people Wednesday after a retired Evergreen Park special education teacher was shot and killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Denise M. Huguelet, 67, was shot about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes near 63rd Street, according to the Illinois State Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
She was struck by crossfire coming from two other cars as she headed home from a White Sox game with her husband, a relative told WBBM Newsradio. She had 11 grandchildren.
A state trooper nearby heard the gunshots and chased a vehicle speeding from the area, state police said. With the help of a police helicopter, troopers arrested two people from the car and recovered a handgun. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday evening.
Huguelet, of Orland Park, died of a gunshot wound to the back, an autopsy found.
Huguelet was a special education teacher for 24 years at Central Middle School, according to Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124.
“Her passion for students and her dedication to the community showed in all aspects of her work,” school officials said on Facebook. “Mrs. Huguelet’s nature with kids was kind, yet firm, to ensure that students were taught the independent skills they needed to be successful in their futures. She cared deeply about the academic needs of students, and the social and emotional well-being of every students’ needs.
“An Evergreen Park native, she was a dear friend to many colleagues who will remember her character as pure, honest, fair and kind. She was an incredible woman whose memory will always be with us.”
Her husband Michael Huguelet is a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor for the village of Orland Park.
“On behalf of myself and the village board, we express our sincere condolences to the Huguelet family,” Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau said.
The number of shootings on Chicago area expressways has more than tripled in the past three years. There have been 156 shootings on expressways so far this year, outpacing the 128 shootings seen in all of 2020, according to state police figures. There were 52 shootings in all of 2019.
The Dan Ryan has seen seen 50 shootings so far this year, the most of any Chicago-area expressway, according to the state police. The Eisenhower Expressway has the second highest number of shootings at 34, followed by the Bishop Ford with 25.
The Kennedy Expressway has had five shootings this year, and the Edens has had three.
In February, the Illinois State Police were given $12.5 million to install high-definition surveillance cameras to deter and solve expressway shootings.
School Cuts Ribbon on New Lab, Focused on STEAM Initiative
LONGMONT, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Creative Learning Systems (CLS), the pioneer in comprehensive K–12 STEM solutions and developer of the nationally known SmartLab® Learning program was honored to attend the ribbon cutting of Father Ryan High School’s new SmartLab in Nashville, TN. The SmartLab provides hands-on, practical, project-based opportunities for students to explore their interests in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), shares Father Ryan’s President, Jim McIntyre.
The STEAM program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The curriculum and the setting help students develop and practice real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, project planning, time management, and communication.
“With STEAM occupations growing twice as fast as all others in the US, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, educators must provide learners with hands-on, student-led, project-based learning opportunities,” said Ashley Mathis, CLS’ CEO. “Father Ryan High School has an exemplary record of providing students with a holistic academic experience. As developers of SmartLab® Learning, we’re excited to support their mission by providing customized learning spaces that facilitate experiential, personalized, and collaborative experiences.”
Father Ryan’s new SmartLab leverages personalized, student-directed, and project-based learning experiences and environments. The new lab space, located in the school’s Neuhoff Library, provides a range of equipment for student engagement, including 3D printers, high-powered computers for 3D modeling and rendering, a laser engraver, and a broadcasting camera to enable live streaming or recording of classroom projects.
“We are constantly challenging ourselves to develop programs that enhance the academic experience at Father Ryan High School,” McIntyre said, “The SmartLab will provide fertile soil to inspire new leaders to discover and pursue with passion their ideas, intuition, and creativity.”
Principal Paul Davis said the SmartLab experiences are all student-led, with faculty members serving as facilitators rather than teachers. “This STEAM initiative builds on Father Ryan’s academic strength and offers even more diverse learning opportunities for our students, across multiple departments,” he stated.
Academic Dean Jennifer Anton led the effort to develop and introduce the program. “At Father Ryan, we are always looking for what is next in our curriculum,” she said. “We ask our department chairs, teachers, and administrators to be very forward-thinking in how our curriculum can grow, not only to meet the needs of our students and families but also to make our students better prepared for the world around them. STEAM is an example of that. Instead of experiencing math in isolation and science and engineering in isolation, this curriculum allows them to put all of those things together to build and be creative and solve problems.”
About Creative Learning Systems
Creative Learning Systems®, the education pioneer and developer of SmartLab® Learning, has transformed traditional learning environments into project-based learning experiences since 1987.
Innovative school leaders nationwide have empowered learners with SmartLab Learning’s state-of-the-art STEM-focused solutions that include problem-solving; authentic, student-led experiences; standards-aligned supplemental curriculum; and rigorous professional development.
Their mission is to ensure that today’s students will be tomorrow’s leaders, prepared and ready to solve the complex challenges in our ever-changing world.
About Father Ryan High School
Father Ryan High School, founded in 1925, is a coeducational, diocesan, college preparatory high school serving more than 850 students from grades 9-12.
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