Originally from Lockport, IL, Gina has been a CPS teacher since 2004. Early in her career, she began as a high school English teacher in Roseland and later in Englewood, and she has found her calling as a high school teacher-librarian. She uses her experiences in Chicago schools to convey the realities of CPS students and teachers in op-eds that have been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, CNN.com, Education Week, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Reporter.
Gina was also an NCAA Division 1 Volleyball player at UIC with a brief basketball stint and is an avid Chicago Bulls and general sports fan.
Since she was young, Gina has always found writing to be her most natural voice, and she often urges her students to find and use their voice in their writing. Married with two children, Gina and her family reside on the South Side.
About the Blog
The term "triple threat" refers to a position in basketball whereby a player holds the ball in such a matter that she can shoot, pass, or dribble the ball. I began playing basketball at an early age, and my passion for sports seemed to only be matched by my passion for writing about my pretty easy suburban life as I grew up. For years, the two became intertwined as I wrote poems that I read to teammates before volleyball matches and basketball games. After college, I found my third passion in teaching and soon began writing about education.
Mainly because I couldn't narrow it down to one topic, Triple Threat will feature my musings on education, sports and life in general.