Greetings! My name is Leslie Chapman and I teach second grade at Highland Primary. I have been with the Highland School District since 2010 and have had the privilege to teach Guided Reading, first grade, and second grade. My educational experience includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 2009 and a Master of Science degree in Literacy Education in 2016, both from SIUE.When I’m not at school, I enjoy being outside and spending time with friends and family. Some of my favorite activities are going for a walk, grilling, sitting by a fire, and doing yard work. I also enjoy creating photo slide shows and watching movies. I look forward to seeing you in second grade!
Ms. Chapman's Classroom Handbook
Hi, my name is Ms. Kellerstrass and I teach second grade at the Highland Primary School. After graduating from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in December of 1995, I substitute taught for a year and half. I started working for the Highland Community Unit School District in January of 1997 as the part-time Vision (gifted program) teacher and part-time Rescue Grant Coordinator. In the fall of 1997 I started teaching second grade andI love it! Teaching and learning are my true passions! I completed my Master's Degree in Instructional Technology in the spring of 2004. Then in 2007, I earned my National Board Certification. Outside of school, I enjoy spending my free time with my two puppies; Brody and Nova. Almost every evening I either talk, text or skype with my daughter Jordan. She will starting her Ph.d Program at the University of California - Berkeley! Yes, I am a very proud Mom!!!!! I also have two pet cats Molly and Goose, and two frogs Gorf and Gipper. I enjoy relaxing with a cup of hot tea and playing computer games. When I have time I also enjoy reading and gardening. As my former students will tell you, I tend to get a little goofy sometimes - don't let that scare you - I just love to laugh and have fun.
Ms. Kellerstrass's Classroom Handbook
Hello! My name is Sheila Laird. I began teaching in the Highland District in 1992. I taught sixth grade for one year at Alhambra and fourth grade for two years at Highland. I then started teaching second grade at Highland Primary and have been in this grade level ever since. I graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a degree in Elementary Education, and I earned my Masters in Education at Lindenwood University. I live in New Baden with my husband, Kevin, and have two children, Paige and Blake. In my spare time, I like researching my genealogy, going to auctions, and playing with my two dogs. I thoroughly enjoy teaching second grade because the students are always excited about learning. I especially love teaching science and doing hands-on STEM projects.
Mrs. Laird's Classroom Handbook
Hi! I am Mrs. Jill Sinnock. I teach second grade at Highland Primary. I graduated from McKendree College in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I went on to receive my Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 2001 at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. My teaching career began in 1996 at St. Mary's School in Edwardsville. After teaching second grade there for two years, I accepted a second grade position in Highland (my hometown!). I have been been with the Highland district for ten plus years and couldn't be happier! I live in Highland with my husband, Wayne, my oldest son Matthew and my youngest son, Andrew. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, scrapbooking, and most of all, spending time with my family.
Mrs. Sinnock's Classroom Handbook
Hello! My name is Angie Smart. I have been involved in the Highland
Community School District for over 8 years in various positions, most currently as
a 2nd Grade Teacher. My teaching experiences in other states (and in England)
have been in 1st , 3rd , 4th , as a Title I Reading Teacher and Reading Aide. In 1992,
I received my B.S. in Elementary Education, K-6 with a Reading Endorsement
from Iowa State University. Teaching has always given me great joy, and I feel
privileged to get to know your children! My husband and I currently live near
Pocahontas with 2 of our 4 boys (the other two are adults now) and our 2 cats.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, walking,
running or biking, and of course I love a good book!
Mrs. Smart's Classroom Handbook 1
Mrs. Smart's Classroom Handbook 2
My name is Carol Smith. I am a second grade teacher at Highland Primary. I began teaching for the Highland Community School District in 2007. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from SIUE and have been teaching primary grades since 1987. In 2006 I received my Reading Endorsement from McKendree University and in 2011 earned my Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist from SIUE. I live in Highland with my husband Steve. We have two sons, Matthew and Tyler. I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, scrapbooking, and reading. Teaching first grade is a joy for me as I observe students' academic growth during this year. Each year I look forward to providing a positive learning experience for children.
Mrs. Smith's Classroom Handbook
Hi! My name is Jessica Warnecke and I teach 2nd grade at Highland Primary. I graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education and continued my education in 2010 earning my Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
This will be my 10th year teaching. I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades at the primary level. Working with young children each and every day and watching them grow is the best place to be. I grew up in Highland, attending Highland Primary myself. I currently live in town with my husband Tim, our son Trevor, daughter Jemma, and dog Jack. In my spare time I enjoy camping, boating, and relaxing with my amazing friends and family.
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Mrs. Warnecke's Classroom Handbook