Mary Fukawa


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Mary Fukawa

4th Grade Room 213


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Tell us about yourself in 3-5 sentences.

Born and raised in the North Center neighborhood of Chicago, I attended public elementary and high schools before graduating from Northeastern Illinois University with my B.A. in Elementary Education. This will be my fourth year teaching in CPS, where I have formerly taught at the intermediate and primary grade levels. When not at school, you can find me hanging out at home with my husband Geoff and our four boys.

What are your favorite books?

I constantly read non-fiction in my spare time, and specifically love titles that help me learn more about health, nutrition, and cooking. Additionally, my top three favorite fiction writers are: J.K. Rowling, Roald Dahl, and Bill Watterson, the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?

My ideal superpower would give me the ability to freeze time so I could get at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. There aren’t always enough hours in the day to do so. It would be marvelous if there were!

If you could have dinner with one historical figure, who would it be?

Jane Addams. Her groundbreaking efforts in helping to create the social work profession as well as the American Civil Liberties Union were bravely ahead of her time.

Stranded on a desert island, music from what three musical artists would you bring along?

I never seem to get sick of listening to…
1. The Beatles
2. Queen
3. Rufus Wainwright

Would you rather be able to speak all of the languages on Earth, or be able to talk to animals?

I believe the more languages a person knows, the richer the opportunities for connecting with one another becomes. As an example, My father speaks Polish, my brother speaks Chinese, and I speak a (very basic amount of) American Sign Language. If we three alone were able to combine all of these languages and more, it’s amazing to think how much we could learn from so many different peoples life experiences.