District Directory


Ms. Akers

Librarian

Welcome to the MJHS Library Media Center, also known as the LMC.
Hours of operation are Monday - Friday 7:15 AM through 3:15 PM.

LOG IN (https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/7654/widget?type=b) to search for print books, eBooks, Audiobooks and your one stop for research. Students, Please join the LMC Google Classroom to stay up-to-date on all the exciting things happening in the Library world! Class code: gbed7b8

Mission:
The mission of the Library Media Center at Morton Junior High School is to engage students in authentic learning experiences that encourage critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. By employing the best educational technologies, resources and pedagogies, students will improve academic achievement and develop strong informational and digital literacy for life in the 21st century.

Mr. Ames

STEM CareerMaker
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: STEM

Mr. Arbisi

Band Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Baer

Special Education Instructional Program Aide
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Bensel

Cafeteria
Morton Junior High
Subject: Cafeteria

Mr. Beutel

Music Choir
Ward Grundy
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Music, Choir

I was born in Darien, IL and lived there until I was five years old. At that time my family moved to Central Illinois where I grew up in Tremont, just a few minutes away from Morton. After high school I attended Bradley University where I graduated with a degree in Vocal Music Education in 2009. I also graduated with my Master's Degree in Music Education from Illinois State University in 2015. When I am not in school, I am either with my wonderful wife Melissa and our kids or my barbershop quartet, After Hours. Melissa and I were married in 2009, and we are current Tremont residents. We have two children, Lincoln and Gwendolyn, and they keep us busy! Melissa and I also enjoy serving with our musical abilities at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland, IL. My quartet, After Hours, is the 2010 Illinois State Champion quartet, as well as an International Top 10 Medalist, currently ranked 3rd in the world. We do quite a bit of touring on the weekends, throughout the country and we have 3 available studio albums. We even have a website you can visit, www.facebook.com/ahquartet I absolutely love coming to work every day, working with students at Grundy. I love watching them grow as young musicians.

Mr. Bishop

8th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Social Studies
Color: Gray Team

I am from a small town in eastern Iowa called Center Point. I graduated from Iowa State University (Iowa’s ISU) in the spring of 2008. There I met my wife, Jenna. After getting married in June of 2009, we moved to Peoria for her career in dietetics. I have spent most of the last four years substitute teaching in District 150 and taking classes at Illinois Central College and Illinois State University (Illinois’ ISU). In May of 2013, I graduated with a degree in History-Social Sciences Education with certification for grades 6-12. I am thrilled to be a part of District 709 and the Morton community. I look forward to teaching American History and getting involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and initiatives throughout the year.

In my free time, I enjoy running, spending time outdoors, traveling, volunteering, attending concerts, and watching the Chicago Bears.


Mission for the Class

The mission for this course is for students to gain an appreciation for history and to make connections between the past and their own lives. Students will also learn the importance of perspective-taking, from both a historical and present sense. The democratic atmosphere of this classroom will allow students to share their opinions and ideas and will also encourage them to acknowledge and appreciate the views of their peers. Students will practice teamwork by working collaboratively in groups on a regular basis. Finally, students will improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for future success.

Ms. Blair

Custodian
Morton Junior High
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. Bolliger

Special Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Burkman

Math 7th Grade
Morton Junior High
Subject: Mathematics
Color: White Team

Mr. Carter

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
Morton Junior High
Subject: Administrator

As the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director here at Morton Junior High School, it is my privilege to serve the Morton-Groveland community. I have been here at Morton Junior High School since 2006 after spending nine years at Tri-Valley Middle School as a 6th Grade Language Arts, Reading and Social Studies teacher and basketball and track coach.

As a life-long Central Illinois resident, I graduated from Eureka College in 1997 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in elementary education and a middle school endorsement. While I was at EC, I played basketball and was fortunate to be a member of the National Championship team in 1994. I also graduated from Illinois State University in 2006 with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.

My wife, Stacy, teaches kindergarten at Starke Primary School in Pekin. We have three children: Abby, Ben, and Katy.

We love being part of this wonderful community and enjoy meeting our Junior Potter families. Please stop by the school any time! My door is always open!

Mr. Crawford

Physical Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Jesse Crawford completed his sixth year as Head Baseball Coach at Morton High School by winning the IHSA State Championship in June of 2018. As a result of this accomplishment he was rewarded IHSA Class 3A Coach of the Year by the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association.

Originally from Pekin, Illinois, Crawford played his high school baseball at Pekin High and later his college ball at Illinois Central College and Western Illinois University. Following his career at Western, Crawford moved to Missouri and was hired as an assistant coach at Knox County High School. In short order, Coach Crawford took over as head coach of both the varsity basketball and baseball programs at Knox County. In 2008, the Eagles had outstanding seasons on both the court and the field leading to Crawford being named Class 2A Coach of the Year for both sports. Overall while at Knox County, Crawford was able to take his basketball team to two Sweet 16 appearances while compiling a 68-42 record overall on the hardwood.

Following his success in Missouri, Coach Crawford returned to Illinois taking a teaching position in Morton Community School District 709 and took on coaching roles in football, baseball, and basketball. Crawford made an immediate impact as an assistant basketball coach helping the Potters program advance to its first Elite Eight in program history. A few years later, Crawford took over as Head Varsity Baseball Coach and Head Junior High Baseball Coach.

2012 was Coach Crawford’s first year as Head Junior High Baseball Coach and in that year the Junior Potters went a remarkable 25-0 and captured the IESA State Championship. In his six years heading the Junior Potter program Crawford is 124-31 with two title game appearances and two additional Elite Eight bids.

As a varsity baseball coach between his time at Knox County and Morton, Jesse Crawford is 189-110. He has been part of 11 conference titles in 14 years of coaching. Over the past four seasons his varsity team at Morton High School has averaged 28 wins per season and made an Elite Eight appearance in 2017 backed up by a State Title in 2018. The Potters have also captured multiple Mid-Illini Conference, Regional and Sectional crowns during Crawford’s tenure.

In addition to his role as a baseball and basketball coach at Morton High School and Morton Junior High, Jesse works as a PE Teacher at Morton Junior High School. He has been teaching for 14 years including stints as an elementary classroom teacher in addition to his current job teaching PE at MJHS.

Coach Crawford, his wife Michelle, and two children, Cameron and Finley, reside in Morton. They are active members of the Morton community participating in multiple activities. When Coach Crawford is not on the court or field at Morton High School he can often be found coaching a youth team helping not only his own children but the next generation of Morton athletes.

Mr. Culbertson

Custodian
Morton Junior High
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. DuPont

Art
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Art

I absolutely love my job, a perfect combination of two of my passions, art and teens! I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in art and a minor in English. I began my career teaching middle school art near Chicago for a couple years before settling down with family downstate. When my children were little, I stayed home with them and led an after-school art program at the Crossword Cafe, a youth center in Chillicothe, where I live with my husband, two boys, and collie dog. I began teaching art part-time at Morton Junior High in 2015, and was thrilled when it became a full-time position the following year.

In art class, we explore a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, digital art, paper maché, ceramics, and sculpture. We also learn to observe and discuss the work of other artists, contemporary, historical, and multicultural. I believe that with just a little secret principle here and there and a bit of practice at basic skills, everyone can express their passions, opinions, and interests with visual art. Creating can be so much fun! That's not to mention the growing career opportunities in art and design.

Mission:

My mission for art class is to empower students with skills to create, discuss, and understand art so that they may express their own artistic voice.

Ms. Dyche

Special Education Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Ewing

Science
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Science
Color: White Team

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.

Mr. Gashaw

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

Ms. Geil

Math
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Mathematics
Color: Green Team

Although I moved around a few times while growing up, I was born in Peoria and came back to the area for middle school and high school. I attended Metamora Township High School and went off to The University of Illinois to receive my teaching degree. I moved back to the area after graduating in 2010 and taught at Edison Junior High School in Pekin the first 8 years of my career. I also received my Master’s Degree in 2015 from Illinois State University. My husband is from Morton, so we settled down in here in town after getting married in 2011. We have two children, Titus and McKenna. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and being active outdoors.

Mr. Giovanetto

Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Gorshe

English Language Arts
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts

Ms. Goss

Physical Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Ms. Gray

Special Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

I have been teaching at Morton Junior High School as a special education teacher since 1988.

I spend most of my day going into regular division classrooms helping all students. Please contact me if your student is struggling in any of his/her subjects.

Mission
To help all students succeed in school.

Ms. Happach

Athletic/Records Secretary
Morton Junior High
Subject: Clerical Staff

Mr. Harper

Choir, Piano Accompanist
Morton Junior High
Subject: Choir

Mr. Harris

Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Hartzler

Foreign Language Teacher
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Ms. Hasler

8th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts
Color: Red Team

This is my 12th year teaching English Language Arts at MJHS. I graduated from Bradley University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education. While not in the classroom, you can find me coaching and sponsoring multiple extra-curricular activities. I have coached MJHS softball for 11 years. The last 3 years I have been an assistant coach for the Morton Lady Potters Girls’ Basketball team. In addition, I am co-sponsor of the MJHS student council.

Mission for the Class

The mission of my class is to widen a student's outlook on learning and literature through providing a wide range of stories and novels to share. Also, I strive to provide a positive and welcoming environment to all students. Learning in a positive atmosphere is not only a path to success, but also a way to a better educational outlook.

Mr. Heider

8th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Mathematics

Ms. Heitz

Speech Language Pathologist
Morton 709 District
Morton High
Morton Junior High
Subject: Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Herr

Special Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

I have been teaching at Morton Junior High School since 2011. I love teaching and getting to interact with a variety of students. I am married and have a daughter named Lila. In my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports, especially football. I also enjoy traveling, playing ultimate Frisbee, and karate. My mission is to encourage and challenge students to reach their full potential through critical thinking skills and high expectations.

Mission for the Class

My mission is to assist students to achieve their highest potential by helping them become problem.

Ms. Hoehn

Custodian
Morton Junior High
Subject: Custodial Staff

Dr. Hoffman

Principal
Morton Junior High
Subject: Administrator

Thank you for visiting the Morton Junior High website. I was hired as principal at Morton Junior High School in 2012. I attended the University of Illinois for my undergraduate degree and later received a Masters in Educational Administration from Bradley University. I began my teaching career in New Orleans Public Schools where I taught fifth grade with Teach for America. Upon completing my two-year commitment to the program, my wife, Shalome, and I moved to Indianapolis. There I taught fourth grade and seventh grade science at Heritage Christian School. While teaching I coached middle school baseball and basketball. In 2007, we moved to Morton, and I taught fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary. My administrative experience includes being the junior high principal and high school assistant principal at Deer Creek-Mackinaw Schools and the principal at Lettie Brown Elementary. My family feels blessed to be part of the Morton community and school district.

Educational philosophy:
I believe a school is most successful when all stakeholders are united in encouraging students to fulfill their potential by embracing each child’s individual value and giving them high expectations for future successes.

Ms. Jones

Special Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education
Colors: Green Team, White Team

I graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1984 and Illinois State University in 1988. I completed my Master’s Degree program at Illinois State University in learning disabilities and behavior disorders in 1995. I have been teaching at MJHS as a resource/collaboration teacher since 1988. I will be teaching the 7th grade resource math class, tutorial study hall, and READ 180 classes as well as making accommodations for students with IEP's in the general education math and science classes. Mr. Stork and I will be posting the daily Green and White Team assignments on the 7th grade resource website. All students are welcome to use it, but we may have some information posted that only pertains to resource/collaboration students. Several resource/collaboration paraprofessionals (Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Serrurier, Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Hartzler) will also be offering extra assistance to White and Green Team students. My husband and I love spending time with our family. I am an avid reader, Christmas fanatic, collector of cookbooks and memorabilia related to Laura Ingalls Wilder, WDW nut, and family genealogist! I love my job and am looking forward to another great year at MJHS. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Mission For The Class

My mission is to help all students succeed and work up to their potential.

Ms. Kruse

Instructional Coach
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Instructional Coach
Color: Green Team

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. Massaglia

SPED SEL
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Special Education

Ms. May

School Psychologist
Ward Grundy
Morton Junior High
Subject: School Psychologist

Mr. McAndrew

Special Education
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Meier

Speech Language Pathologist
Lincoln Elementary
Morton High
Morton Junior High
Subject: Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Millburg

English Language Arts
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts

Ms. Miller

RTI Interventionist
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Response to Intervention (RTI)

Welcome! I am very excited about this school year working as the RtI teacher for the Junior Potters! I am originally from a small town west of Chicago and graduated from Bradley University in 2008. I have recently completed my master’s degree from Benedictine University, earning a Reading Specialist Certificate.

I look forward to working as the Rti teacher at MJHS, it is my goal to help students feel more successful and prepared for their core classes.



I live in Morton with my husband and two young children, we love to go on walks, bike rides, and explore the community.

I look forward to working with the teachers, students, and families at MJHS this year!

Mission

My mission as the RtI Teacher is to provide MJHS students with additional and appropriate instruction to ensure academic success in their core classes.

Ms. Miranda

Health Office Staff
Morton Junior High
Subject: Health Office Staff

Ms. Mullen

Special Education Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Nosbisch

Language Arts
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts

Ms. Ogden

Instructional Aide - Study Hall
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Mr. Parrott

7th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Science
Color: Green Team

I grew up in Washington, IL. It is there where I attended grade school and high school. During high school I was involved with baseball, band, musicals, art club, and national honor society. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2010. While at ISU, I was also in the BRMM (Big Red Marching Machine) which played at the sporting events on campus. I did my student teaching at Morton High School. My first teaching job was at Triopia, a school in the Jacksonville, IL area. In 2011, I was at Morton High School teaching Freshman Biology and Sophomore Chemistry. I was also a freshman sponsor, national honor society advisor, and assistant freshman baseball coach. I got married over the summer of 2012 and my wife and I are currently living in Morton. I started the 2012 at Morton junior high and have been here ever since. In 2014, I became the 7th grade baseball coach. In 2016, I created the tabletop time club with Ms. Jester as an after school activity. In 2015, my wife and I welcomed our first son, Blake. In 2017, we had our second son, Kyle.

Mission for the Class
My mission as a 7th grade science teacher is to allow the students a chance to explore the world of science and experience the vast world around them from the classroom.

Ms. Pfeifer

Administrative Secretary
Morton Junior High
Subject: Secretary

I am the Principal’s secretary at MJHS. It is a pleasure to come to work every day! We have a wonderful and dedicated staff. Our office’s main goal is to be helpful to the students, parents and staff. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or come in to see us. I am available from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Ms. Rabe

7th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Social Studies
Color: Green Team

Welcome to Geography! We are so excited to have you on the Green Team this year! I grew up in Tremont and received my Bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2005. After teaching for 4 years in Dwight, IL I welcomed the opportunity to come closer to home and teach at MJHS. One of the things I love about teaching geography is the opportunity to look at cultures and people all over the world. I have had the opportunity to travel to a few places like Australia, Romania, and South Africa and I love seeing how people in other parts of the world live. I’m excited to bring that experience to our classroom at MJHS. When I’m not teaching I enjoy being outside, exercising, and spending time with my family. My husband Justin and I were married in 2012 and now have two beautiful girls, Elsie and Evelyn. We recently moved to Morton and love being a part of this great community! I look forward to getting to know the new green team students this year!

My Mission

My mission for geography is not only to help the students gain a better understanding for cultures and climates of other parts of the world but also to better understand how those cultures have influenced where we are today. I hope that the students will leave my classroom with a passion for learning and an understanding of people and places all over the world.

Mr. Rusch

Crossing Guard
Morton Junior High
Subject: Crossing Guard

Ms. Schaff

Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Mr. Schick

Math
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Mathematics
Color: Red Team

After teaching in East Peoria, Illinois for 3 years, I came to MJHS in 2010. I have lived in Morton my entire life and had the privilege of going to school in this wonderful district. After graduating from Morton High School, I went to Illinois Central College and then on to Illinois State University to complete my math degree. I am very excited to be “home” and teach at MJHS and I look forward to a great year with students, parents, faculty, and administration.

Mission for the Class
My mission for the classroom is to create a learning environment where all students can be successful. I will challenge every student to reach their potential by using various instructional methods and involving the students in the learning process.

Ms. Schwend

Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Serrurier

Resource Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Mr. Sheley

Social Studies
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Social Studies
Color: Red Team

I spent the early part of my childhood in Morton before my family moved to Geneseo where I graduated from Geneseo High School in 2009. Following that, I attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse where I earned a degree in Broad Field Social Studies Education in 2014. Prior to returning to Morton in 2017, I taught for 3 years in Ellsworth, WI. I am excited to be at MJHS and back in the Morton Community!

Mission for the Class

My goal is to create a safe, positive class environment that is conducive to student learning and where all students can be successful. Students will be challenged through a variety of instructional methods and materials in order to enhance critical thinking and analysis skills.

Ms. Shore

English Language Arts
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts
Color: Green Team

I grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and then attended Bradley University, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2016, I lived in the Chicago suburbs for two years and taught 7th grade English at Coal City Middle School. I’m very happy to be part of the Morton community and continue living out my lifelong dream of being a teacher! When I’m not teaching, some of my favorite things to do are spend time with friends and family, read, and travel. I've been to Paris many times, and I feel like I am a Parisian at heart! I look forward to much more world traveling in the future. I also enjoy presenting at state and national English teaching conventions each year and learning about new teaching ideas I can bring back to my students. I’m so excited to get to know the new Green Team students at MJHS and get started on a great school year!

Mission for the Class:
My goal is to make English class exciting and relevant to my students. I have high expectations for all students, and I will challenge and support them as much as possible so that they can succeed in a positive environment where they feel appreciated, cared for, and confident. I strive to help students realize their passions in life and help them develop a love for reading, writing, and learning as they pursue their goals.

Ms. Smith

Cafeteria
Morton Junior High
Subject: Cafeteria

Ms. Smith

Attendance Secretary
Morton Junior High
Subject: Clerical Staff

My role is front line on building security, the phone, student records and assisting students navigating the wacky world of Jr. High. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University. I've worked in community mental health, schools and health care. I joined MJHS in 2012. I, genuinely, enjoy these students and the dedicated staff. In the office, we want to help your students grow and go, when their brief time with us comes to a close. I hope they have more smiles than tears at the end of their junior high years and always remember "It's a great day to be a Jr. Potter!"

Ms. Spaniol

Guidance Counselor
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Counselor

Welcome to Morton Junior High School! I am Beth Spaniol, the guidance counselor for all 7th and 8th graders. I am available to help every student have a successful school year. As a school counselor, I work with students, parents, teachers, and administrators in many ways through a variety of services. Students may visit me by appointment during their study hall and/or lunch periods. I am also available both before and after school. If parents have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime during school hours at 266-6522.

It’s a Great Day to be a Junior Potter!

Mission:
My goal is to help every student succeed educationally, socially, and personally at Morton Junior High School.

Ms. Stewart

ESL Teacher
Morton High
Morton Junior High
Subject: Special Education

Mr. Stork

Special Education Resource
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Special Education

I graduated from Prairie Central High School in Fairbury Illinois in 2010. From there, I attended Eureka College and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in special education with language arts and social studies endorsements. I worked as a resource/collaboration teacher at Georgetowne Middle School in North Pekin/Marquette Heights before coming to Morton Junior High. I am excited to be working at this wonderful school! My responsibilities include teaching a resource language arts class, leading a tutorial study hall, and co-teaching three sections of language arts with the

green and white team ELA teachers. I will also be making the ccommodations for all 7 th grade resource students in Language Arts and Geography. Mrs. Jones and I will be working together to make sure homework is posted daily on the resource website for all green and white team subject areas. Several resource/collaboration teaching assistants (Mrs. Conklin, Mrs. Serrurier, Mrs. Blunier, and Ms. Turner) will be offering extra assistance to White and Green Team students as well.



I am excited to work with a variety of students and learn their about their interests and hobbies! I enjoy reading, woodworking, fishing, and playing baseball and summer league softball. I am looking forward to this school year and all the excitement it will bring.

Mission Statement

My mission is to help students discover that they have the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve life-long success by using their voices and advocating for their needs.

Mr. Swearingen

7th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: Social Studies
Color: White Team

Welcome to social studies! Throughout the year we will take a look at both the physical and cultural geography of North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and more. Our class goal is a better cultural awareness by developing an understanding of the diverse beliefs and customs of the people of our planet. During the year I will also be coaching Girls' Basketball and Track as well as being the white team leader. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have either in person, through e-mail or by phone. I look forward to another great year of working with the best students in the world.

Mr. Thompson

Social Worker
Morton 709 District
Morton Junior High
Morton Academy
Subject: Social Work

Ms. Tortorella

8th Grade
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Science
Color: Gray Team

I started teaching at MJHS in 2003. For the first 4 years I taught 7th grade Earth & Life sciences, but in 2007 I moved to 8th grade to teach Chemistry & Physics. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University (Peoria) in 2002 and later a Master’s degree in Teaching & Leadership from the University of Illinois (Springfield). I have also spent the better part of 10 years (high school, college, and post-college) working as an organic chemistry lab technician for the USDA - National Center for Agriculture Utilization Research (or "Ag Lab" for short). My extracurricular activities have included 5 years as the MJHS Dance Team coach, 3 years sponsoring student council, 2 years as a Team leader, and science department head since 2007. I also married my high school sweetheart, Zac, and have a beautiful daughter, Genevieve, who was born in 2013 and a handsome son, Zac Jr (or ZZ), born in 2016. I love being a wife and mother and watching our children learn and grow every day!

Striving to be a livelong learner, I continuously look for ways to expand my science knowledge and expertise...this usually encompasses much of my summer months. I have spent my summers working at the Ag Lab, teaching College for Kids at Illinois Central College, and working as a teacher intern at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, IL. Fermilab is a famous physics laboratory that houses the Tevatron, a 4-mile particle collider. CERN, located in Geneva, Switzerland, houses the world's biggest collider, the LHC, at closer to 17 miles in circumference. My project at Fermilab dealt primarily with upgrades to the CMS detector, one of the two biggest detectors at CERN. I look forward to integrating my lab experiences into my curriculum at MJHS.

I am also involved with the American Chemical Society where I have assisted with hands-on science demonstrations during National Chemistry Week every October. Through ACS, I have also organized and facilitated several workshops for teachers to integrate science across the curriculum. Still want to know more? Because of my time spent doing research at the USDA and Fermilab, I have been lucky enough to earn two publications! Click here if you are interested in learning more about them: USDA chemistry; Fermilab physics

Ms. Trilikis

Health
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Ms. Turner

Resource Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. VanMeenen

Counselor
Morton Junior High
Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Subject: Counselor

This is my first year in the district and I am excited to be a part of the Potter family! After graduating from Augustana College, I moved to central IL to begin my career in education teaching social studies at the junior high level. While teaching, I earned a master’s degree from St. Xavier University in teacher leadership and another in school counseling from Bradley University. I am excited to bring 11 years of classroom experience working with junior high students to this new role. My hope is to equip students with the skills they need to successfully navigate future challenges while empowering them to seize opportunities so that their full potential can be achieved.

Ms. Vollhaber

PLTW
Morton Junior High

Mr. Williams

8th Grade Science
Morton Junior High
Grade: 8th Grade
Subject: Science
Color: Red Team

I am excited to be teaching 8th grade science here at Morton Junior High! I grew up in Sherman, IL before attending Illinois State University. After earning a bachelor's degree, I taught 7th and 8th grade science in Pekin for seven years. While there, I also earned my master's degree in educational administration. I began teaching at MJHS in 2016 and have enjoyed the opportunities I have been given. This is a great place to teach and learn!

Mr. Williams

Resource Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide

Ms. Wright

Special Education Instructional Aide
Morton Junior High
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Missouri State University and am currently working as an Instructional Aide (with a paraprofessional license) in Mrs. Everett's Resource class, room 110.

Ms. Wurtz

English Language Arts
Morton Junior High
Grade: 7th Grade
Subject: English Language Arts

Mr. Zuck

Instructional Aide - Study Hall
Morton Junior High
Subject: Aide