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.
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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.
"Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?" Whatever the answer is, the Arts are alive and well here in Morton 709.
It is a pleasure to be a part of the team that helps get nearly every arts-related production up and going in the district. Band, Orchestra, Choir, Theater, and Art Shows with promising student resident artists bring many into our community to enjoy the talents of our students.
The Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center is a busy place for budding talent and creative minds. Learn more about the school and community connection at berthafrank.org
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 started teaching in Morton in 2010. I've been at MJHS since 2012. I 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 the 2018 International Champion Quartet. We do quite a bit of touring on the weekends, throughout the country and we have recorded 4 studio albums. I absolutely love coming to work every day, working with students at Grundy. I love watching them grow as young musicians.
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.
As the Principal 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!
I joined the Morton Junior High staff in 2018 and 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 bring 11 years of previous junior high classroom experience to the school counseling role. My hope is to help students become the best version of themselves and fill their toolbox with the skills they need to successfully navigate future challenges. We are here to help, please don't hesitate to reach out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am an interventionist and work with students who may need support academically or socially/emotionally. If a student has a plan with me, I may push them into a classroom to support them or provide more intensive instruction within my classroom. I graduated from Trinity Christian College with my undergrad in Special Education and have my master's from ISU for Special Education and Curriculum Adaptation. I am currently working on my School Counseling master's degree from Arkansas State University.
Crystal Lohnes came to Morton 709 to bring the food services home. After decades of paying food service providers, she came on board to intentionally build a meal program that students and staff can look forward to in the middle of the school day. She is building menus as she builds a food services team. She would love to hear what your students look forward to the most.
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!
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!!!
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.
Hello! I am very excited to be a part of the wonderful community that is Morton Junior High School. After graduating from Truman State University in 2019, I attended Bradley University to attain my master's in Professional School Counseling. I completed my internship here at MJHS, as well as Morton High School, and I am so grateful that I was offered a permanent job at the junior high. I graduated from Bradley in 2022 and I could not be happier to start my professional career as a junior potter! My goal is to provide students with the resources they need to thrive and help them prepare for high school and beyond. I also hope that each student knows that they have several supports here at the junior high and that help is always available to them if they would ever need it. Go Potters!
I am the Principal’s Administrative Assistant 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
My goal is to help every student succeed educationally, socially, and personally at Morton Junior High School.
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.
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!
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.