Ryan Martin

Principal

Mr. Martin

Introduction: My name is Mr. Martin. This is my 4th year as principal at MPE. I get excited every year to welcome back the former students and meet the new ones. MPE is a great place to be!
Birthday: May 30th
Hobbies: Anything Illini, Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Bulldogs! I am a big sports fan.
Class Color or Theme: Orange and Blue
Favorite Color: Orange and Blue
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Ace Hardware
Favorite Places to Eat: Project 47, McDonalds, Los Zarapes
Favorite Snack: Beef Jerky
Favorite Soda or Drink: Sweet Tea
Starbucks Order: White Chocolate Mocha
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: J.K. Rowling
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Send me a positive message.


Dustin Day

Assistant Principal

Mr. Day

Introduction: Hello, My name is Dustin Day and I serve as the assistant principal at Middletown Prairie. I am looking forward to getting students back in the building and sharing their excitement for a new year.
Birthday: January 10th
Hobbies: Building, golf, hunting, YouTube
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Rural King
Favorite Places to Eat: Panda Express/Pizza/P-47
Favorite Snack: I’m trying to go healthier
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions:
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Robert Munsch
It means the most to me when the parents of my students:
Other things to share: Thank you to the parents of this community. Your support means a lot to me.


Support Staff

Julie Arnold

Educational Office Personnel

Birthday: October 4th
Favorite Places to Shop:
Target, Kohls and Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat:
Chili’s, Monicals and Culvers
Favorite Snack:
White Cheddar Popcorn and Milky Way bar
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Dr. Pepper and water
Starbucks Order:
White Chocolate Mocha (hot or cold)
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions:
None


Kendra Barbee

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Introduction: My name is Kendra Barbee and I am a Paraprofessional at MPE. I’m currently working towards my teaching credential at Millikin University. I have a daughter who is starting 6th grade at Monticello Middle School this year.
Birthday: November 20th
Hobbies: Reading, kayaking, camping
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite College or Sports Team:
Favorite Places to Shop: Target and Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Whisk, Breaking Taco, Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: Chocolate
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coffee
Starbucks Order: Venti Mocha latte
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Author: Eric Carle
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Share their students experiences with me.


Tina Brandon

Special Education

Introduction: I have been working as a special education teacher in the M-S school district for 32 years. Most of those years were spent at Sangamon Elementary until moving to Middletown Prairie Elementary. I love the challenge of working with children with special needs. The best part of my job is witnessing a student’s excitement & pride when they finally succeed at something that has previously been difficult for them. I live in Monticello and have a 22 year old son, Cole. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Birthday: June 29th
Hobbies: Reading & shopping
Class Color or Theme: lavender/sage green
Favorite Color: I like them all 🙂
Favorite College or Sports Team: Fighting Illini, St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Places to Shop:
TJ Maxx, Costco, Penelope’s Boutique
Favorite Places to Eat:
KoFusion, Big Grove Tavern, Chick-fil-A
Favorite Crunchy Snack:
Tootsie Rolls, Dots pretzels(original), Banana Laffy Taffy, Caramel Apple Pops, Old Wisconsin turkey snack bites
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Water, Sparkling Ice drink (coconut/pineapple)
Starbucks Order: Chai Tea Latte or reg. coffee(cream)
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Beverly Cleary, Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Mo Willems (a few of my favorites)
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: I want my parents to always feel comfortable contacting me about anything regarding their child & educational experience. We are a team, so communicating and working together for the common goal of helping their child succeed, is what I strive for.


Mrs. Brodbeck

Erin Brodbeck

Social Worker

Introduction: I’m excited to be back for my second school year (first full year) here at Middletown. I’ve been a social worker for 13 years and I love working with kids. My family has been in Mahomet for the past 7 years and my daughter is a second grader here at MPE. I love spending time with my family, reading, organizing projects, and makeup. I’m also training my Golden Retriever named Rosie to be a therapy dog.
Birthday: October 21st
Hobbies: Reading
Class Color or Theme: Boho rainbow: pink and tan neutrals
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Chick Fil-A, Aspen Tap House, KoFusion
Favorite Snack: Reeses or Cheez Its
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: Iced caramel macchiato
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: Can’t do most fruits and veggies
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Anyone who writes books about feelings
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Show how proud they are of their kiddos 🙂


Mellissa Brown

2nd Grade Paraprofessional

Birthday: July 11th  
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Places to Shop:
Meijer
Favorite Places to Eat:
Texas Roadhouse
Favorite Crunchy Snack:
Chips
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Pepsi/Dr Pepper
Starbucks Order: Carmel ribbon crunch


Mrs. Burdette

Beth Burdette

Paraprofessional

Introduction: Hi! My name is Beth Burdette. I’m excited to join MPE as a paraprofessional! I’m currently working to complete my Special Education teaching certification. My husband, Chris, and I, along with our two oldest children graduated from MSHS. We also have twin girls in 4th grade at LT. Go Bulldogs!
Birthday: March 31st
Hobbies: Baking, reading, making crafts with my girls, watching movies with my family, playing family board games
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Bath & Body Works
Favorite Places to Eat:
Filippo’s, Panera
Favorite Crunchy Snack:
Brownies, Mounds, Tobleron, pretzels, chocolate candy, ice cream
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Dr. Pepper, Coffee, Water
Starbucks Order: Café Mocha (hot), Vanilla Latte (hot)
Food Allergies/Restrictions: None


Whitney Cisna

Pre-K Paraprofessional

Birthday: August 7th
Hobbies: Crafting, baking
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Places to Shop:
Target, Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat:
Los Zarapes
Favorite Crunchy Snack:
Cheddar Chex Mix, Starbursts
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Diet coke


Mrs. Coulson

Kay Coulson

Reading Specialist

Introduction: Hello! My name is Kay Coulson and I am a reading specialist at MPE. I enjoy working with kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students and helping them to become life long readers. I have worked in the Mahomet-Seymour School District for over 25 years. I have two children. My daughter, Lydia, is married and lives in Nebraska. My son, Ryan, is a student at the University of Illinois. I live in Mahomet with my husband, Bryan, and our two crazy labrador retrievers – Buddy and Tucker!
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Birthday: January 31st
Hobbies: Gardening, scrapbooking, making cards
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illinois State University, CUBS
Favorite Places to Shop:
Cato, Kohls, Amazon, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Michaels
Favorite Places to Eat:
Panera, Los Zarapes, Red Lobster, Seven Saints, McDonalds (soda)
Favorite Snack:
Snickers, Milk Duds, Red licorice, Take 5, Skittles
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Pepsi, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, Lemon flavored water
Starbucks Order: Strawberry frappuccino
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None – no coconut please
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Mo Willems
For my classroom, I’m looking for: see Amazon wish list
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Coffee mugs
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: 1. Read with their child at home 2. Share kind thoughts or stories


Angela Fitzsimmons

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Introduction: Hello! I grew up in Mahomet, raised my 2 children here and now my 2 grandchildren are in the school district. I also ran a home daycare business for 28 years, so I am looking forward to working with kids again.
Birthday: October 15th
Hobbies: Gardening and traveling
Favorite Color: Pink or yellow
Favorite Places to Eat: Oishi
Favorite Snack: crackers and cheese
Favorite Soda or Drink: water or iced tea
Starbucks Order: caramel macchiato iced coffee
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Dr Suess


Miss Goldman

Madeline Goldman

Health EOP

Introduction: Hello Bulldogs! I’m Madeline, the health EOP at Middletown Prairie. I’m looking forward to another awesome year with our pre-k – 2nd graders!
Birthday: March 1st
Hobbies: Climbing, sewing, collecting nail polish
Favorite Color: pink, purple, green
Favorite Places to Shop: Joann’s
Favorite Places to Eat: Jimmy John’s, Panera
Favorite Snack: Baked treats
Favorite Soda or Drink: Tea
Starbucks Order: Cold brew w/ hazelnut
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Candles, lotions, bath products


Ms. Hankes

Angela Hankes

Instructional Coach

Introduction: Hi! I’m Ms. Hankes. I am an instructional coach, so I help the teachers teach! I love coffee, donuts, and reading books. I have a son in 1st grade and a 3 year old daughter. Go bulldogs!
Birthday: March 27th
Hobbies: Reading, writing, organizing
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illinois Basketball
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Amazon, TJ Maxx
Favorite Places to Eat: Chick-fil-A, 7 saints
Favorite Snack: Popcorn
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coffee or iced tea
Starbucks Order: Iced coffee with oat milk and sweet cold foam
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Dav Pilkey
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Communicate

Mrs. Henry

Julie Henry

Interventionist

Introduction: This is my 21st year of teaching. I consider each student that’s crossed my path over the years a true gift in my life. Here’s to a great 2022/2023 school year!
Birthday: August 11th
Hobbies: Running, Shopping and Walking my Dog
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite College or Sports Team: University of Illinois
Favorite Places to Shop: Target and Yellow and Company
Favorite Places to Eat: Sunsinger, Poke Shack and Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: dark chocolate
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coke Zero
Starbucks Order: Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Kevin Henkes
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: communicate with me with an open mind.


Mrs. Killion

Kim Killion

Compass Paraprofessional

Introduction: I have two children and six granddaughters. Mrs. Allison (my daughter) a 3rd grade teacher at LT and my son Kyle Killion a special Ed teacher at the Circle Academy.
Birthday: April 16th
Hobbies: Watching all of my granddaughters in all the extracurriculars they are involved in.
Class Color or Theme: Snoopy
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite College or Sports Team: Iowa State University
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Los Zarapes, P 47
Favorite Snack: Anything chocolate
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: Chai tea
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Write a note or give me a card.


Mrs. Kirby

Jessica Kirby

Compass Room Aide

Introduction: I grew up in Mahomet and graduated from MSHS in 2014. I went on to Parkland College to play softball and received my AS in Early Childhood Education and later my BS in Animal Science from the U of I. I am so excited to be work in MPE and be a Bulldog again!
Birthday: June 20th
Hobbies: I love to hike and explore new parks!
Class Color or Theme: Dog Theme
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Snack: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite Soda or Drink: Dr. Pepper
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None


Mrs. Klaus

Melinda Klaus

Pre-K Paraprofessional

Birthday: September 8th
Hobbies: Reading, walking
Class Color or Theme: Purple butterfly
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite College or Sports Team: Cubs, Illini, Bears
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon, Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Jimmy John’s, Monicals
Favorite Snack: Trail mix, Chex mix
Favorite Soda or Drink: Pepsi
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Jan Thomas


Allison Kleist

Speech & Language Pathologist

Birthday: March 14th
Hobbies: reading, exercising, walking my dog, netflix, shopping, shoes
Favorite Places to Shop: yellow co., enroute, target, thrift stores
Favorite Places to Eat: JJ, whisk, subway
Favorite Snack: slim jims, gummy bears, fruit snacks, chex mix
Favorite Soda or Drink: water, diet coke, coffee with splenda and creamer
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: realize I’m human, acknowledge my presence, and are flexible


Mrs. Koziarski

Susan Koziarski

Library Aide

Introduction: My husband and I just moved to Champaign this summer to be near our daughter and son-in-law. I enjoy reading and all things Disney. I love working in the library and can’t wait to meet all the students!
Birthday: August 13th
Hobbies: Reading, baking, spending time with famil
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Poke Shack, Culver’s
Favorite Snack: Cheezits
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coffee
Starbucks Order: Mocha Frappucino
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Cynthia Rylant
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: mugs


Alisa Lamb

Occupational Therapist

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Birthday: January 4th
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, watching NASCAR
Class Color or Theme: Blue
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: Almonds
Favorite Soda or Drink: Pepsi
Starbucks Order: Caramel latte
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Fine motor supplies
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Get a chance to see how much progress they make from week to week


Kristen Mackey

Paraprofessional

Birthday: March 11th
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Diet Coke
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions:
None


Mrs. McHale

Karen McHale

Reading Specialist and Interventionist

Introduction: My husband Brendan and I live in Mahomet and we have 1 daughter, 3 sons, a daughter in law and an awesome chocolate lab names Brixen Ivy. I’ve been teaching for 25 years. This is the start of my 5th year as a reading interventionist at MPE. I look forward to a wonderful school year and meeting so many friendly faces at MPE. It’s a wonderful place to learn!!
Birthday: June 28th
Hobbies: Walking my dog, reading books at our cabin on the lake, lunch and dinners with family and friends.
Class Color or Theme: Sunshine
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Yellow and Company, TJ Max
Favorite Places to Eat: Filippos, Los, Jimmy Johns, Hickory River
Favorite Snack: popcorn/caramel corn/cheese corn mix, almonds, cheese and crackers
Favorite Soda or Drink: water, Diet Mt Dew
Starbucks Order: Non fat skinny vanilla latte
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Mo Willems
For my classroom, I’m looking for: I have so much and am so blessed by all the things in my classroom space.
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: See the success of their own child and feel the pride in what their child can do!


Mrs. Paragi

Philisha Paragi

Kindergarten Support Services Teacher

Introduction: I am the kindergarten Support Services Teacher. I can’t wait to meet and work with my new students.
Birthday: January 8th
Hobbies: Reading, scrapbooking, playing games with family
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Indiana University
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Barnes and Noble, Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Breaking Taco and Fillipos
Favorite Snack: Pistachios and Reese’s cups
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke or Dr pepper
Starbucks Order: Iced tea
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Mo Willems


Mrs. Penrod

Christina Penrod

1st Grade Paraprofessional

Introduction: I am a mom of 3. My oldest is a sophomore, My middle is a 6th grader and my youngest is a 5th grader. I have 2 dogs, a 13 year old pittie and a 3 month old lab. I also have 7 chickens.
Birthday: March 17th
Hobbies: Camping, swimming, spending time with family
Class Color or Theme:
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini and Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: KoFusion
Favorite Snack: Anything salty
Favorite Soda or Drink: Pepsi
Starbucks Order: Carmel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: DR. SEUSS and MO WILLEMS
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Coffee Mugs


Mrs. Pratt

Lauren Pratt

Behavior Coach

Introduction: I’m a Mahomet native and I’m still proud to call myself a BULLDOG! I work with staff, parents/guardians, and students across district to create student support plans.
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Birthday: December 6th
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking from scratch, and traveling
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite College or Sports Team: Bears and Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon, Ulta
Favorite Places to Eat: Whisk, Los Zarapes
Favorite Snack: Chips and salsa from Los Zarapes
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Dr. Pepper
Starbucks Order: Hot white chocolate mocha with skim milk
Favorite Children’s Author: Mercer Mayer


Denise Reese

Educational Office Personnel

Birthday: November 17th
Hobbies: Reading, baking
Favorite Places to Shop: Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Poke Shack
Favorite Snack: Fritos, Reese’s
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: vanilla latte


Mrs. Roehrig

Amy Roehrig

Math Instructional Coach

Introduction: Hi, I am a runner, gardener, and mom.
Birthday: September 13th
Hobbies: Gardening, running, reading
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite College or Sports Team: Broncos
Favorite Places to Shop: Boutiques
Favorite Places to Eat: Moes
Favorite Snack: Dark chocolate
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coke Zero
Starbucks Order: Caramel latte w/coconut milk
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Dr. Seuss
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Thank me


Dr. Rose

Kathryn Rose

Physical Therapist

Introduction: This is my 27th year to be an Mahomet-Seymour employee. I provide physical therapy services to all of the schools and the ATLAS program.
Birthday: February 12th
Hobbies: Cooking, Pound class, swimming and hanging out with my family
Class Color or Theme: Sage Green
Favorite Color: Any shade of green
Favorite College or Sports Team: Blackhawks and Bears
Favorite Places to Shop: Schnucks and online
Favorite Places to Eat: Starbucks and Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: Chocolate
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coke
Starbucks Order: Cake pops
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein


Erika Ross

Kindergarten Paraprofessional

Birthday: January 11th
Hobbies: Reading and spending time with my family.
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: My mom’s house
Favorite Crunchy Snack:
Dots pretzel- original flavor
Favorite Soda or Drink:
Ice tea or water


Mrs. Salzman

Rosa Salzman

Compass Teacher

Introduction: Hi I am Ms. Salzman, my family just moved to Illinois from Wyoming. I enjoy reading, quilting, camping, and Scouting.
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Birthday: May 9th
Hobbies: quilting, camping
Class Color or Theme: Snoopy (Blue)
Favorite Color: Pink or Purple
Favorite College or Sports Team: Wyoming Cowboys (University of Wyoming)
Favorite Places to Shop: JoAnn’s, Michaels, Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Panera, Panda Express
Favorite Snack: Crunchy and sweet (Trail mix, Chex mix)
Favorite Soda or Drink: Arizona Cherry Ricky
Starbucks Order: Iced Chocolate Almond milk Shaken espresso
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: bananas, avocodos, melons (allergy) / Dairy intolerance


Mrs. Schroder

Kendra Schroder

Occupational Therapy

Introduction: Hi! I’m Kendra, mom to two kiddos – a kindergartener at MPE and a third grader at LT. I live in Mahomet with my kids, husband Jeff, and dog Zeke! When I’m not at school, I enjoy outdoor walks, music, and spending time with my family. I’m so excited to be a Bulldog!
Birthday: December 12th
Hobbies: Music, yoga, journaling, and exploring nature!
Class Color or Theme: Sunshine / Sky
Favorite Color: All of them! But if I had to pick, teal or navy blue.
Favorite College or Sports Team: Iowa Hawkeyes (I married an Iowan!)
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, HomeGoods, any local shops in Mahomet
Favorite Places to Eat: Mexican or Pizza
Favorite Snack: Popcorn, chocolate covered almonds, potato chips
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke and Coffee
Starbucks Order: Iced latte with sugar free vanilla and almond milk!
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: I avoid gluten
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Nancy Tillman
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Amazon Gift Cards
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Reach out to communicate – I love hearing from you!
Other things to share: I’m so excited to help your child do their very best at school. Thanks for sharing them with me!


Mrs. Shanks

Mandy Shanks

School Psychologist

Introduction: Hi, I’m Mrs Shanks and this will be my 21st year with the MS School District. What I love most about my job is getting to meet new students each year and helping them achieve their best. When not at work you can find me spending time with my husband (Matt) and our kids (Xander, Lainey, & Addy). We also love to travel and learn about new places but right now we are working on training our new puppy.
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Birthday: December 7th
Hobbies: Travel, Reading
Class Color or Theme: Orange and blue
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs and Bears
Favorite Places to Shop:
Target, Route 47 boutique
Favorite Places to Eat:
Los Zarapes, Breaking Taco
Favorite Snack: Milky Way or Buncha Crunch
Favorite Soda or Drink: Dr. Pepper, Tropical Smoothie
Starbucks Order: n/a -don’t do coffee
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
For my classroom, I’m looking for: books to add to our parent lending library
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Send notes to let me know how their children are doing


Miss Shoemaker

Ryleigh Shoemaker

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Introduction: Hi! My name is Ryleigh. I was born and raised in Gibson City IL on our family farm. We farm corn/soybeans/wheat and also have pigs—10,000 to be exact! I have been a nanny for the past 2 years. I am very excited for this new adventure as a Bulldog!
Birthday: March 24th
Hobbies: Running/walking, shopping, crafting with my cricut, spending time with family and friends
Class Color or Theme:
Favorite Color: Light pink/yellow
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illinois and Cardinals
Favorite Places to Shop: Hobby lobby, target, old navy, amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Chili’s, Panera bread
Favorite Snack: Cheez Its
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke, Dr Pepper
Starbucks Order: Caramel frappe with coffee 🙂
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Cups


Mrs. Sieben

Tara Sieben

Speech & Language Pathologist

Introduction: Hi! This will be my 15th year as a SLP in the Mahomet-Seymour School District. I also have 2nd, 4th and 5th grade girls that go to school in Mahomet. I’m looking forward to a great year!
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Birthday: April 13th
Hobbies: Reading, Shopping, Spending time with my Family, Watching movies
Class Color or Theme: Blue
Favorite Color: Blue and Green
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illini/Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, Amazon, Yellow & Co.
Favorite Places to Eat: Los Zarapes, Biaggis, Papa Del’s, Jimmy John’s
Favorite Snack: gummy bears, kettle corn, Reese’s
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: Pink Drink
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Book Author: Oliver Jeffers
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Books, games, manipulatives
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Coffee
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: communicate with me about their progress at home


Ms. Snipes

Sara Snipes

Pre-K Paraprofessional

Introduction: My name is Sara Snipes. I have lived in Mahomet most of my life. I have three wonderful children. I have been a paraprofessional for two years. I am starting my second year in the Elephant room!
Birthday: September 4th
Hobbies: I like to read and cross stitch
Class Color or Theme: Elephant
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon
Favorite Places to Eat: Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: Fruit
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: Iced mocha
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Author: Roald Dahl
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Ziploc bags
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Read to them!


Ms. Sproat

Emily Sproat

Speech & Language Pathologist

Introduction: Hi,my name is Emily Sproat. I am the speech pathologist at MPE and the Junior High!
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Birthday: March 14th
Hobbies: Pickleball, latch hook rugs,organizing, cycling
Class Color or Theme: Sweet treats and emojis
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite College or Sports Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Places to Shop: Amazon, TJ Maxx, Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Chilis, Panera, Chick Fil A
Favorite Snack: Pretzels
Favorite Soda or Drink: Olipop Grape and Strawberry Vanilla
Starbucks Order: Pink Drink
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Author: Mo Willems
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Dot Markers
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: Tissues
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: When parents let me know about progress they see at home.


Miss Veldman

Tori Veldman

Speech & Language Pathologist

Introduction: I am entering my third year as a speech-language pathologist in the district who services MPE, MSHS, and ATLAS. I enjoy spending time with family and friends in my free time and am looking forward to the start of this school year!
Do you have an Amazon Wish List link? https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2RFXANZA57N81?ref_=wl_share
Birthday: June 26th
Hobbies: Watching/Playing sports, spending time outside or with family and friends, trying new restaurants
Favorite Color: Pink and sky blue
Favorite College or Sports Team: University of Illinois, All Chicago Pro teams (Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks)
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, TJ Maxx
Favorite Places to Eat: Chili’s, Whisk, Los Zarapes, Panera, Chick-fil-a
Favorite Snack: Puppy chow, Chex mix, popcorn
Favorite Soda or Drink: Flavored water, sprite
Starbucks Order: Strawberry Acai Refresher (no strawberry pieces)
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Flavored Tongue Depressors, white cardstock
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Let me know how they are doing with speech outside of therapy!


Miss Waddell

Victoria Waddell

Paraprofessional

Introduction: Hi, my name is Victoria Waddell! I am a paraprofessional at MPE and this will be my third school year here. I live in Mahomet with my fiancé and am excited for another great school year!
Do you have an Amazon Wish List link? https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3CNRILF6I43ML?ref_=wl_share
Birthday: September 29th
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, shopping at target
Class Color or Theme:
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite College or Sports Team: Illinois State University Redbirds
Favorite Places to Shop: Target, amazon, walmart
Favorite Places to Eat: Jimmy Johns
Favorite Snack: Twizzlers
Favorite Soda or Drink: Coke Zero
Starbucks Order: Iced coffee unsweetened


Mrs. Walk

Katie Walk

Interventionist

Introduction: I’m Katie Walk and an interventionist at Middletown. I love getting to work with students to help them make growth and build their confidence. My family loves traveling, spending time outdoors, and and watching our daughter’s sporting events!
Do you have an Amazon Wish List link? https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3VCKEYS6K02TM?ref_=wl_share
Birthday: August 5th
Hobbies: Running, watching the Cardinals and Illinois sporting events, shopping!
Class Color or Theme: All things ABC
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite College or Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Places to Shop: T.J. Maxx and Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Sunsinger, Chili’s, Panera
Favorite Snack: Skinny Pop
Favorite Soda or Drink: La Croix
Starbucks Order: Iced Coffee- any kind!
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Author: Peter Brown
For my classroom, I’m looking for: Thin Black Expo Markers
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Read books for fun with their kids! No matter what kind they are!


Mrs. Webb

Anna Webb

Pre-K Aide

Introduction: Hello! My name is Anna Webb, and I am a pre-k aide in the turtle room at MPE. I live in Mahomet with my husband, Mike, my daughter, Elaina, and my son, Eian. We have a cat named Custard and a dog named Millie!
Birthday: February 5th
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, playing piano, collecting rubber ducks, and party planning.
Class Color or Theme: We are the turtle room!
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite College or Sports Team: The Fighting Illini
Favorite Places to Shop: Target
Favorite Places to Eat: Lucky Moon
Favorite Snack: Chex Mix and gummies
Favorite Soda or Drink: Diet Coke
Starbucks Order: I don’t drink coffee
Food Allergies/Dietary Restrictions: None
Favorite Children’s Author: Eric Carle
For my classroom, I’m looking for: We can always use double sided tape and sharpies!
Thank you, but I don’t need anymore: I love everything!
It means the most to me when the parents of my students: Share the things their students love about school!
Other things to share: I love teaching pre-k, and can’t wait to get to know our new students!