District Directory


Ms. Addams

Custodian
Ward Grundy
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. Anderson

1st Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 1st Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

I feel extremely blessed to be starting my fourth year teaching 1st grade at Grundy! I cannot wait for a great school year filled with learning and new adventures.

In May of 2013, I graduated from Illinois State University with my Bachelors in Elementary Education. I completed my year-long student teaching experience in both a 1st grade classroom and a Title I Reading classroom in the Unit 5 school district in Bloomington/Normal.

I was born and raised in Germantown Hills, and I have two loving parents, two older brothers who are both married with children, and a cat named Betty White. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling when I can, reading and shopping.

I am extremely passionate about my career as a teacher, and I especially love 1st grade and all the growth that it brings for students. I hope to instill a lifelong love for learning and reading in my students, similar to what my own teachers did for me. Let’s have a great year!

Ms. Antonacci

Social Worker
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Social Work, Special Education

Hello! My name is Elizabeth Antonacci and I am the Social Worker at Grundy Elementary School. I have been working in the Morton 709 District since August 2016. I previously worked in the Decatur, IL school district with students in preschool-8th grade. I attended Illinois State University for my Bachelors degree in Social Work and the University of Illinois for my Masters degree in School Social Work.

I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful district. I look forward to working with all of the students, parents, and staff in the Morton community.

Ms. Atteberry

Intermediate Resource Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Bakirdan

Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Mr. Baldwin

Physical Education
Ward Grundy
Lettie Brown
Lincoln Elementary
Subject: Physical Education/Health

Ms. Bazzetta

6th Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 6th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Teaching is what I have always wanted to do, even when I was a little girl. I absolutely love sixth grade! For the last twenty-nine years I have been a teacher, with the last thirteen years in sixth grade at Grundy Elementary.

My husband Tom and I have three boys: Andrew, Adam and Alec. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing tennis, running, biking, swimming, and reading.

Mission for the Class :
In my classroom, I strive to create an active and welcoming atmosphere. All students are encouraged to actively participate on a daily basis, while having fun learning. I encourage learning through active and engaging activities, hoping to make learning relevant and meaningful.

Ms. Behm

Speech Language Pathologist
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Special Education, Speech Language Pathologist, Early Childhood

Mrs. Behm graduated from Illinois State University with her Master of Science in Communication Sciences in Disorders in 2012 and has been working in Morton CUSD 709 ever since! She currently services our Early Childhood Special Education students at Grundy Elementary as well as students at Bethel Lutheran School and Blessed Sacrament School here in Morton. Mrs. Behm resides in Morton with her husband and two daughters. She believes everyone deserves a voice and is excited to help students communicate effectively!

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.

Ms. Block

Resource Teacher

Mr. Carroll

Crossing guard

Ms. Chaney

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

Ms. Craig

1st Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 1st Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Dennis

Instructional Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Derrick

RTI Reading Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Response to Intervention (RTI), Aide

This will be my 8th year as a RTI reading aide at Grundy. My wonderful husband and daughter were both Grundy Gators. I enjoy my job and love seeing the students learn and grow every year. GO GATORS!

Ms. Eisenmann

Elementary PE Teacher
Ward Grundy
Subject: Physical Education/Health

I have been teaching health and PE in Morton since 2004, and have taught at many of the buildings in the district. I love teaching PE at Grundy! My husband Kevin and I have two kids, Brady and Aubrey. I also coach the junior high cross country team.

Ms. Feilner

Classroom Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Fisher

School Psychologist
Ward Grundy
Subject: School Psychologist

Ms. Fisher

Library Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Library, Aide

Grundy gators love books! We devour them daily. The Grundy Library belongs to all of us. The PTO gives generously to the purchasing of books at Grundy. As parents support the Scholastic book fairs during the year, classrooms and the library, are gifted with even more books.

Students come to library once a week. Students are also encouraged to check out books during school and immediately before and after school if they desire. Students check out books once a week from the library and return them the following week. If they want to renew their book, have them bring them weekly anyway. We will renew their book when they bring it to the library. Ask your child about what they are checking out from the library. And help them keep track of them at your house, so our books can return to their Grundy library home.

The days of card catalogs are long gone. Now each student (and STAFF) has access to looking for books in our library online 24/7 through the DestinyQuest website. Go to Grundy Gators homepage>>Students tab>>Destiny. Or here: http://destiny.morton709.org/. Students sign on with their Accelerated Reader name and password. Students can put books on hold, request them to be sent to Grundy from other Morton Elementary libraries, or just browse for a book.

I am very excited and grateful to be the library aide at Grundy! I look forward each year to sharing my love of reading with all the students. My husband Patrick (who was a Grundy Gator!) and I have been married for 17 years. We have three sons, Jack in 9th grade at Morton High School, Andy in 7th at Morton Junior High, and Sam in 5th at Lettie Brown. Previously I have worked at Lettie Brown as an aide in first grade and early childhood. In addition, I have worked as a substitute aide in each elementary class and the library. In my free time I enjoy reading (of course), watching movies, and spending time with friends and family. We also have two cats that perform tricks like playing fetch and shaking hands.

My mission for our library is to help every child find books they love, in which they can have an adventure, learn about a place they want to visit, get wrapped up in a fantasy or mystery, and just find themselves enthusiastic for the next chapter. When you read, the whole world opens up for you.

Ms Friedrich

6th Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 6th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Gabbert

Kindergarten
Ward Grundy
Grade: Kindergarten
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Gillhouse

Early Childhood Teacher

I have been teaching pre-kindergarten since 2011 and in 2018 started teaching early childhood in Morton. I have a bachelor's degree in early childhood education with an endorsement in special education from Illinois State University. I reside in Morton with my husband, Nicholas, and our two children.

Website Link: https://sites.google.com/mcusd709.org/mcusd709-ecse/home

Ms. Grant

2nd
Ward Grundy
Grade: 2nd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Grant is in her 19th year of teaching. She has been at Grundy School for fifteen years. She taught special education for eleven years and is now in her 7th year of teaching Kindergarten. She graduated from Western Illinois University in May of 1998 and also has a Master's Degree. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, shopping, working out, and spending time with her family and friends at the cabin. She and her husband live in Peoria with their 2 kids, a son and a daughter and one furry friend, Charlie Brown.

My mission in Kindergarten is to provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can explore all aspects of learning. I hope to motivate children by creating a classroom family where hands-on acitivities foster communication, literacy and love of learning.

Ms Grimm

Early Childhood Education Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Gunn

3rd Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 3rd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Welcome to an exciting year of 3rd grade! This is my 10th year teaching third grade at Grundy. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Illinois State University, and a second Master’s in Elementary Education.

I love teaching and feel blessed to be working in a district with great students, supportive parents, and an amazing staff! My husband Nick and I live in the Morton/Groveland area. We have one son and many fur babies including dogs, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. I am very passionate about teaching and learning. I feel honored to have the opportunity to prepare students for not only the next grade level, but for life as well. My goal is to help each student reach their highest potential in a safe, structured environment. I want my students to have fun learning and love coming to school each day.

Ms. Henderson

Clerical Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Clerical Staff

Ms. Hermacinski

Cafeteria
Ward Grundy
Subject: Cafeteria

Ms. Herrmann

Early Childhood Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Early Childhood, Aide

Ms. Householter

Clerical Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Clerical Staff

This is my 13th year working as an aide at Grundy. I love watching the children grow from grade to grade, and from semester to semester as they learn. I love putting my Elementary Ed. Bachelors degree from ISU to work.

I am married to Bob, 32 years at Pumpkin Festival time, and have 3 children. All were Grundy Gators at one time. Laurel, 27, Greg, 24, and Erika, 21. My husband works at Grimm Chevrolet, and keeps our fleet of cars running.

When I have a moment I enjoy reading, gardening and cheering for my beloved CUBS!!

Ms Johnson

Early Childhood Education
Ward Grundy
Subject: Early Childhood

Ms. Kaiser

Resource Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Kaisershot

3rd Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 3rd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

This is my 33rd year of teaching! I have had the privilege of teaching at many grades levels: kindergarten, first grade, third grade, and in a full-time gifted/talented position. I must admit, third grade is my favorite! I attended Illinois State University, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Furthering my education was important to me, so I have also earned Dual Master’s Degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Elementary Education from the American College of Education. Further, I have completed graduate hours in Early Childhood Education. I feel fortunate to be part of the Grundy family. I strive to ensure that all of my students will be successful and meet their individual academic goals in a classroom that supports a community of learners and develops a love for learning. I am looking forward to another terrific third grade year!
Class Site:https://sites.google.com/mcusd709.org/3k-learning-central/home

Ms. Kaufman

RTI Reading Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms Key

Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Landrith

Cafeteria
Ward Grundy
Subject: Cafeteria

Ms. Manthey

5th Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 5th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

My name is Holly Manthey, and I am thrilled to be here for my second year at Grundy. I am originally from the Peoria area, but graduated with my Bachelor's degree in education from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. I have two boys here at Grundy, and we, along with my husband and our dog Lily, have lived here in Morton for just over a year now. We are so excited to be a part of the Grundy family!

Ms. Matlock

5th Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 5th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Ms. Moeller

Special Education Instructional Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Oliver

Cafeteria
Ward Grundy
Subject: Cafeteria

Ms Owen

Clerical Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Clerical Staff

Ms. Paulson

Intermediate Resource Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

Ms. Phillips

School Nurse

Ms. Reinert

2nd Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 2nd Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

I am honored and excited to be able to tell people that I am a teacher at Grundy Elementary School!! After completing 13 years in this profession, I can honestly say that I can't picture myself ever doing anything else! Teaching is my passion!

I graduated from ISU in May 2006 with a degree in Elementary Education. I graduated in May of 2012 with a Master’s in Reading from ISU as well. I recently received a Master’s in Elementary Education too. I hope to continue teaching second grade for many years. I love all of the qualities that second graders possess, and I truly enjoy watching them grow both socially and academically throughout the year!

I have lived in Morton for the majority of my life, and I truly love the community! When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our children, Sydney (5) and Jude (almost 2). I also enjoy reading, shopping, and exercising.

Ms. Riddle

Resource Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Special Education, Aide

Ms. Sadler

Clerical Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Clerical Staff, Aide

Ms. Sadler

Classroom Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Mr. Saunders

Principal
Ward Grundy
Subject: Administrator

I was born and raised in Fort Madison, Iowa. I graduated from Aquinas High School in 1986 and began my post-secondary education at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After two years, I transferred to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education in 1991. Trina and I were married that summer and moved to the Quad-Cities. I taught 5th grade in Bettendorf, Iowa for one year and 4th grade in Clinton, Iowa for six years. I graduated from Western Illinois University with a Master's Degree in educational administration in 1997. I served as the principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Harvard, Illinois from 1998-2002 before coming to Grundy. In 2016, I completed the Superintendent Endorsement Program at Illinois State University. The 2020-2021 school year marks my 30th year in public education, 7 years as a teacher and 23 years as a principal. Beyond the world of education, we are active members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Groveland. I serve on the deacon board and our kids are involved in the children and youth programs. In our spare time, we love attending our kids’ activities, getting together with family and friends, and traveling. Trina and I have been blessed with four beautiful children. Our daughter Katie and her husband Jacob live in Bloomington, where she works as a labor and delivery nurse at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, and he works as an accountant at Striegel Knobloch & Company. Our daughter Rachel is a freshman at Heartland Community College studying physical therapy. Our son Caleb is an 8th grader at Morton Junior High School. And our son Joshua is a 5th grader at Grundy. We love Grundy School and are very proud to call the Morton School District our home!

Mr. Schuck

Head Custodian
Ward Grundy
Subject: Custodial Staff

Ms. Shaw

Building Secretary
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Secretary, Clerical Staff

I love being a Grundy Gator…having been one either as a parent, grandparent or secretary since 1982. I love my job as school secretary. Some days can be challenging but all days are very rewarding. It is such a blessing to work with so many wonderful families and staff. My family consists of my husband Richard, to whom I have been happily married for 48 years, our son Jeremy (his wife, Jody and their daughters, Fiona and Scarlett and son, Lincoln), and our daughter Gretchen (her husband Dean, and their son, Keegan and daughter, Brynleigh). My favorite activities are spending time with family and friends, spoiling grandchildren, serving in various capacities at church, playing the piano/keyboard, and reading.

Ms. Shook

Building Technologist
Ward Grundy
Subject: Building Technologist

Each Grundy Gator comes to the computer lab at least once every week. During that class time, students work on projects or use educational software programs to reinforce topics taught in the classroom. Second through sixth grade students also use computer lab time to practice their keyboarding skills. This helps them to work toward achieving the district sixth grade exit goal of 20 wpm with 90% accuracy.

While in the lab, students will gain a working knowledge of computers and applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel. Other software programs available to students in our lab include Type to Learn 3, Raz-Kids, Timeliner, IXL Math and many others. We will also learn the proper use of the Internet.

In our lab students have an opportunity to learn how to use hardware including printers, scanners, digital cameras, digital video recorders and so on. We have a lot of fun in computer lab, while also learning skills that are becoming more important everyday in our lives!

Outside of school I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 19 years. We both grew up in Northeast Ohio and have also lived in Ann Arbor, MI before settling in Morton. We have 3 children who attend Morton schools.

In my free time I enjoy watching my children play sports and rooting for the beloved Ohio State Buckeyes and all Cleveland sports teams.

Ms Smith

Aide SPED
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Sommer

Classroom Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

My husband Matt and I were blessed to move from Peoria (where we were both born and raised) to Morton two years ago. We have found Morton to be a friendly, clean, family-oriented community and we love it here! We have been married over thirty years, have a daughter Megan, and two grandchildren, Abby and Nathan.

I have worked off and on in the education field and find working at Grundy in first grade to be a real joy. I look forward to coming to school every day.

My hobbies include reading and cooking. Matt and I also enjoy taking day trips on the weekends.

Ms. Stidman

RtI Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Response to Intervention (RTI), Aide

My name is Anita Stidman and I am the reading RTI aide for Kindergarten and First Grades, providing assessment, small group, and one-on-one instruction. I received my Bacherlor's Degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University in 1994. I taught Kindergarten at Peoria Christian School for 5 years before becoming a stay at home Mom. I came to Grundy in 2010 and became the reading aide in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our two children, Luke and Alison, who are former Grundy Gators. My mission for students is that they will develop a love for reading that will last a life time.

Mr. Stone

4th Grade Teacher
Ward Grundy
Grade: 4th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

Hi all! I am thrilled to be starting my fourth year teaching, all of which have been at Grundy Elementary School in MCUSD 709. I began my career in fifth grade and then moved to sixth grade, where I served as a bubble teacher. My third year, I moved down to teach fourth grade, which is my current position. I immediately fell in love with fourth grade. I believe it is the perfect fit for me!

When I am not teaching, I enjoy working out, reading the latest and greatest book series, and spending quality time with my family and friends.

This year, it is my ultimate goal to create a classroom environment in which my students enjoy and grow their love for learning, all while we become a "family" who is here for one another, no matter the circumstances!

Ms. Suellentrop

Occupational Therapist
Ward Grundy
Subject: Occupational Therapy

Ms. Tolly

Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

I was born and raised in Morton and still live here today with my husband, Drew, and our yellow lab, Griffin. We enjoy biking, traveling, and spending time with our families. We are proud to call Morton home and love being part of the Grundy community!

Ms. Toraason

Primary Resource Teacher
Ward Grundy
Grades: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Subject: Special Education

Welcome to Resource!

The Primary Resource is a special education program for K-4th grade. The program offers direct instruction and collaboration instruction at the student’s individual learning need. Instruction may be given at an individual level, as a small group, or within the general education classroom.

I began my teaching career in 2000. I have taught in the Morton schools since 2004. I earned my bachelor's degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from SIUC. I also earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

It is my mission for my students to become lifelong learners and use the tools to be the best they can be!

Ms. Webb

Speech and Language Pathologist
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Special Education, Speech Language Pathologist

Speech-Language Pathology Services encompass such activities as:

* Screening, diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech and language impairments;

* Identification of children with speech and/or language impairments;

* Referral and follow-up for medical or other professional attention necessary for the habilitation of speech and language impairments;

* Planning and developing interventions and programs for children or youth with speech and language impairments;

* Counseling and guidance of parents, children, and teachers regarding speech and language impairments.

Mrs. Webb began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2012. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University. This is her fifth year as Grundy Elementary's Speech-Language Pathologist. Prior to working in Morton, she worked in Peoria, providing speech therapy services to students in grades 2-8. She lives in East Peoria with her husband and has one young daughter, Ella. In her spare time, Mrs. Webb loves to read and spend time her family. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children and families in Morton!

Ms. Wendling

Literacy Coach
Ward Grundy
Subject: Instructional Coach

I am so excited to join the Grundy staff this year as a Literacy Coach. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of hard work, meaningful learning, and fun! Prior to coming to Grundy I taught in the northwest suburb of Cary and in Pekin.

Before going back to school (ISU) to get my teaching degree, I was a stay at home mom for 10 years. My husband, Adam, and I have a busy family of 5 children. Our daughter, Gabbi, is a junior at SIUe where she studies Marketing. We also have two sets of twins! Drew and Emily are juniors at Tremont High School and Lucas and Cooper are 8th graders at Tremont Middle School. They are all very active in sports and youth group and keep us hopping to all of their events!

I love to read, take our dog, Sadie, on walks, and cheer on the Chicago Cubs!

Ms. Weyland

Kindergarten
Ward Grundy
Grade: Kindergarten
Subject: Elementary Teacher

I have been teaching in this school district for over 20 years. My husband and I live in Morton and have raised four boys. We love to fish, camp, read and travel. I enjoy working with children and can't imagine doing anything else.

Mr. Wheat

4th Grade
Ward Grundy
Grade: 4th Grade
Subject: Elementary Teacher

This is my 25th year of teaching fourth grade at Grundy School, and I believe I teach in one of the finest school districts in Illinois. I grew up in nearby Mackinaw, IL and graduated from Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School in 1991. I graduated from Eureka College with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1995 and received my Master's Degree in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University of Chicago in 2002. In the fall and winter, I am the public address announcer for Morton High School football and boys' basketball games. I retired from coaching boys’ tennis at MHS in 2016, having spent 15 years with the program. In my spare time, I enjoy jogging, playing tennis, reading books related to WWII and the Cold War, attending all Bradley Braves home basketball games with my father, and rooting on my beloved University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team.
In my classroom, I will set expectations that require each child to work to the best of his/her abilities. In addition, if I expect maximum effort from my students, I will put in the necessary time myself to instruct them properly and to assess them fairly. I believe preparation is a key to success. I look forward to another outstanding school year! Roll Tide, Roll!

Mr. Wiegardt

Aide
Ward Grundy
Subject: Aide

Ms. Williams

Resource Teacher
Ward Grundy
Subject: Special Education

Ms. Wilson

Primary Resource Aide
Ward Grundy
Subjects: Aide, Special Education

This is my 4th year at Grundy Elementary working in the Resource Room. I am the mother of 3 wonderful children. I am lucky enough to have one student in high school, junior high and here at Grundy. My husband, Kevin, works for the Village of Morton. I love being a Grundy Gator!