District Directory


Ms. Baker

School Psychologist
Jefferson Elementary
Lettie Brown
Subject: School Psychologist

Ms. Berger

Music Choir
Jefferson Elementary
Morton High
Subjects: Music, Choir

All students come to explore, perform, and enjoy the world of music. Students learn basic music theory, demonstrate their knowledge by playing many kinds of instruments, and perform their talents through a concert format. We strive to have all of our students feel successful in developing not only musical skills but also a lifelong appreciation of music.

Ms. Bohnhoff

Kindergarten
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: Kindergarten
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Hello! My name is Allie Bohnhoff and I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at Jefferson! Before teaching kindergarten, I taught fifth, sixth, and fourth grades. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2011, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish. My endorsements are in Language Arts, Reading, Science, and Spanish. I returned to ISU and earned my master's degree in Reading in 2016. 
When not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our little boy, Wyatt. We have two dogs that keep us busy and entertained! I love to read, write, visit with family and friends, and be outside in my spare time.

Mission for the Class 
I believe in a classroom where students are excited to share what they are learning and how it connects with their life. I believe in a classroom where students' questions and inquiries guide learning, so much of what we do will have real-world contexts and involve hands-on experiences. Kindergarten is such an exciting time for children and my goal is to foster that excitement throughout the year and in the years to come! Finally, I truly believe that a successful school experience requires collaboration between students, teachers, parents, families, and community members. For this reason, we invite you to join us throughout the year to see the learning we are engaged in for yourself! And we'll be taking the learning out beyond the walls of our classroom, too! It's going to be a great year! 

Mr. Brenkman

4th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 4th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

About the Teacher
I am married with two wonderful children. My wife,  Kerry, works in the music department of Morton High School. I have two children, Kyle and Darby. 

Fourth grade is a wonderful transitional year. The students get to come upstairs with the big kids for the first time. With that privilege, come more responsibilities. I expect great things from my students and push them to develop skills and attitudes that will allow them to be succesful students, as well as successful citizens throughout their lifetimes.

Students are encouraged to become much more independent during this year. It becomes their responsibility to turn work in on time and in the right places. Their assignment books should be filled out on a daily basis.

New academic topics include learning about our United States: the regions, states, and capitals. We have units on sound, light, animals, recycling, rocks and minerals, and states of matter in science. Our biggest math goal in 4th grade is long division. Once they figure that one out, they feel like they have really accomplished something.

Learning how to play recorders, preparing for a music program, and going on various fieldtrips are just a few more highlights in 4th grade.

Ms. Brown

Building Technologist
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Building Technologist

Mr. Brown

Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Campbell

RtI Math Aide (K - 2nd Grade)
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Response to Intervention (RTI)

Ms. Carr

5th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 5th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Chaney

Speech Language Pathologist
Ward Grundy
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Special Education, Speech Language Pathologist

Ms Classen

Resource Instructional Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Cline

Kindergarten
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: Kindergarten
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Collins

Classroom Support Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Deverman

Instructional Coach
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Instructional Coach

Ms. Dirks

Title 1 Math
Jefferson Elementary
Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Subject: Mathematics

Title 1 Math is an instructional program provided daily for grades 3, 4, and 5. The program uses flexibility of instruction to include in-class, and pull-out assistance.The Title 1 teacher and the regular classroom teacher work together to provide varied instruction and activities that include manipulatives, problem solving with writing, and computer assisted learning. Small group activities give the opportunity to reinforce, clarify and provide extra help for students on an individualized basis.

Ms. Fitzpatrick

Band Director
Jefferson Elementary
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Music, Band

Mrs. Fitzpatrick earned her bachelors degree in music education from Bradley University and her masters in music education from Illinois State University. Along with directing the MJHS bands, she is the woodwind instructor for the MHS marching band.


Mission for the Class

To develop and enhance a musical community through independent musicianship, music performance, and music appreciation.

Ms. Fore

Clerical Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Clerical Staff, Aide

Mr. Gashaw

Physical Education
Jefferson Elementary
Morton Junior High
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Ms. Geist

6th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 6th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Glass

Resource Instructional Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Gold

RtI Reading Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Response to Intervention (RTI)

Ms. Goodspeed

Cafeteria and Bus Driver
Morton 709 District
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Cafeteria, Transportation

I am the head cook at Jefferson. I enjoy the friendly staff here and I especially enjoy all the children.  I am also a bus driver.  Prior to that, I was a crossing guard at Lincoln. 

I married my high school sweetheart. We have a son, Thomas, and daughter Danielle. 

I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, photography, and spending time with my family.

Ms. Hinch

RTI Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Hischke

RtI Math Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Response to Intervention (RTI)

Ms. Hobson

Social Worker
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Social Work, Special Education

Ms. Hochstettler

2nd Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 2nd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

I received my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Eureka College, my master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University, and as of November 2008, I am a National Board Certified Teacher. My husband, Brian, works as the superintendent of parks for the Morton Park District. We have two children, Blake and Hayley, both working at Caterpillar.  We also have 5 dogs at home and 1 cat. 

Mission for the Class
My mission is to provide my students with a classroom where they feel both safe and secure, where they are taught good choices and where they learn to become independent learners. Each child in my class will know that they are loved and will know that it is ok to make mistakes, as long as they have tried the best they can.

Ms. Hofstetter

3rd Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 3rd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Mr. Hutchison

Custodian
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. Jones

Library Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Library, Aide

Mr. Keen

Custodian
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. Krantz

Crossing Guard / Clerical
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Clerical Staff

I am thrilled to be working here at Jefferson as the crossing guard and recess aide.  Jefferson was home to my three children.  It is a great school and I am looking forward to a great year as a part of the Jefferson staff.

Ms. Kruzick

6th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 6th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Mr. Martin

Orchestra Director
Jefferson Elementary
Morton Junior High
Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subjects: Music, Orchestra

I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1990. I have been teaching orchestra in Morton for 22 years. I have 4 daughters who have all played in the orchestra. I also coach the girls' tennis team at the high school and spend my free time running/working out and hanging with my family!

Mission
To provide students with the opportunity of artistic achievement and enrichment through the study and performance of high quality and stylistically diverse orchestral music.To create an atmosphere of musical and personal growth through commitment to high standards, respect and cooperation for members of the ensemble, instructors, facilities, music materials, and the rehearsal process. To enjoy the process of learning and have fun making music!!!

Ms. Messer

Cafeteria
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Cafeteria

I am the lunch cashier here at Jefferson.  I have worked at all the Morton schools, but Jefferson is my favorite.  Our Jefferson family is the best!

I enjoy doing pilates, jogging, and eating chocolate ice cream.

Ms. Muzzarelli

Special Education Resource 5th and 6th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grades: 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Nessler

Building Secretary
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Secretary

Hi, I am the secretary in the main office. Jefferson is a wonderful to work!  My husband, Scott, and I live in East Peoria. We have two daughters.

 

Ms. Nix

ELL Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Novak

Jefferson Nurse
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Health Office Staff

Ms. O'Donnell

Classroom Support Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Oaks

2nd Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 2nd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Teaching is a wonderful profession. Teachers have the absolute best job in the world! A Everyday is a new discovery for me as well as for my students.

This is my 21st year teaching in the Morton School District. I have taught at three of the elementary buildings and have taught sixth, first, second, and third grades. I attended Illinois Central College and Bradley University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in May 1995. I also graduated with a Master's Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University in May 2002.

My husband's name is Paul. We make our home in Morton. We have two grown children. Brandon lives in St. Peters, Missouri and teaches high school History. Emily is married and and and RN at Methodist Hospital.  She and her husband Josh live in Deer Creek.  They also have Kallon, just born June 3rd.

Mission for the Class
I hope that as a team we can work together to create a caring, honest, and friendly classroom. I expect my students to try his or her best and never give up, knowing that they can be a success.

My favorite quote: "They might forget what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

Ms. Parker

1st Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 1st Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Pheasant

RtI Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Lettie Brown
Subjects: Aide, Response to Intervention (RTI)

Ms. Pierz

4th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 4th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Powers

RtI Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Response to Intervention (RTI)

Ms. Presley

Attendance Clerk
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Clerical Staff

Ms Quinn

Resource K-2
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Raisor

Lunch / Recess Supervisor
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Ralston

1st Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 1st Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Righi

Special Education Resource Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Special Education, Aide

Ms. Rosenberg

Cafeteria
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Cafeteria

Ms. Sanders

RTI Reading Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Sarver

3rd Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 3rd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Hello! My name is Ashley Sarver and I am very excited to be teaching third grade at Jefferson Elementary School. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. I am very happy to be working with such great individuals in Morton. In my free time I enjoy traveling and have spent four months studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I also enjoy running and spending time with my family and friends. It is a great privilege to work with such an amazing student body and my hope is that when students leave my class, they have developed important character traits, such a respectfulness and responsibility, and have met the high academic standards that are set for them- and had fun while doing so!

Ms Schoen

5th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grade: 5th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Seneca

Resource 3rd and 4th Grade
Jefferson Elementary
Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Sheehan

District ELL Coordinator
Morton 709 District
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: English Language Learner

Ms. Sizemore

ELL Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: English Language Learner, Aide

Ms. Taylor

Classroom Support Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Mr. Tilford

Physical Education
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Ms. Troxell

Classroom Support Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Webb

Resource Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Wenninger

Classroom Support Aide
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Aide

Ms. Wyman

Principal
Jefferson Elementary
Subject: Administrator