Teacher Connections: Get to Know Ms. Mary Lisa Maatouk, Music
What three traits define you
Kooky, Loyal, Organized
What is your favorite book and why?
I love reading mystery novels, and always have a stack ready-to-go. Once in a while, I venture into other types of fiction, but I always gravitate back to the "who done-its."
What are your hobbies or interests?
Travel (preferably international, where I can immerse myself in a new culture), sitting in an outdoor café people-watching, and hiking.
Why do you enjoy teaching at Skinner?
Besides having the best co-workers anyone could ask for, I am constantly challenged by the Skinner West students. I am often amazed and delighted by what they bring to the table. There is so much talent of all kinds at this school!
What is a fun fact that you would like to share?
I was a CPS Music House kid! I learned violin through the Music House after-school program in first through third grade, and then moved on to private lessons at the original Music House in West Rogers Park. Because of that good foundation, I ended up playing violin through my college years. I eventually changed to a major in Vocal Performance and attempted a classical singing career for many years before moving to South Korea to teach English--but that's a whole different story!