English, Lead Teacher: English
BA, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
MAT, Johns Hopkins University
Claire Walter, a fourth generation high school English teacher, is very excited to be a part of the founding team at Wolcott! After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a BA in English, Claire joined Teach For America and began her teaching career in Baltimore City, Maryland. While there, Claire earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Since returning to the Chicago area, Claire has taught accelerated freshman English classes as well as junior A.P. Language and Composition at Oak Park and River Forest High School. A presenter at both national and state English conferences, Claire has a passion for creative, innovative, and experiential learning. As an avid proponent of practicing what she preaches, she taught creative writing while sailing aboard a tall-ship off Martha’s Vineyard and later studying Korean literature in translation and learning the art of janggu, Korean drumming, at a Korea Academy for Educators seminar in Los Angeles.