Hello! My name is Elaine Rivich and I am currently team-teaching Credit Recovery with Kristin VarnHagen. I have worked with students in all grade levels and am a licensed teacher for grades K-8 General Ed Students and K-12 Special Needs Students. I have earned multiple endorsements in order to work with learners who have mild disabilities and behavioral needs. I graduated from Indiana University with my Bachelors degree and earned my Masters degree at Purdue University. I did my Student Teaching on the Navajo Reservation in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona.
I thoroughly enjoy interacting with people from various backgrounds. I have worked for 13 years in the elementary grades, for 7 years at the Michigan City Alternative High School, and for 17 years at Michigan City High School. I have taught Biology, Earth Science, Integrated Chemistry & Physics, Algebra, Health, English, and Reading, to name a few. I continue to teach a wide variety of subjects using on-line Credit Recovery.
My husband and I have two children who both attended and graduated from MCHS. Our daughter is a pharmacist living in Denver, and our son is a pilot in the Air Force, currently in South Carolina. I enjoy being involved in the community and working with people, having taught Religious Education, been a Girl Scout Leader, Swimming Instructor, Lifeguard, and Pool Manager, as well as an avid school sports fan. My children have kept me busy over the years with their various activities. They played on many school and traveling teams, including indoor and outdoor soccer and futsall, basketball, football, track, cross-country, baseball, and were also both on the swim team. They played in the band, sang in the chorale, and participated in community theatre. I also really enjoy being the MCHS Student Council Sponsor and attendiing and participating in my students' activities and events. I am very happy to be working here and I love being a teacher. It is an honor to work in the community of Michigan City. I think it is very important to always put our children first and I remain ready and willing to help as many young people as possible to reach their true potential. GO WOLVES!