Mrs. Carmela Axelson received her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Spanish and Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her classes at ISU she has also studied in both Spain and Mexico. She currently teaches Spanish II, III, IV. She likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors and loves to run, rollerblade, dance, and play tennis. When she decides to sit down she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa
"No pasa nada" (no worries)
Mr. Jason Bachman attended Illinois Central College where he received his Associate's degree, and then earned his Bachelor's degree in Ag Education from Illinois State University. In 2004, he received his M.S. in Counseling at Bradley University and a second M.S. in Educational Leadership. Mr. Bachman is a School Counselor and Head Football Coach at EHS. In his free time he enjoys team roping and spending time with his wife and three boys.
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Mrs. Caitlynn Bane graduated with her B.S. in Special Education from Eureka College and is currently in her fourth year here at EHS. Her and her husband, Jake, reside here in Eureka with their two daughters, Logan (4), and Dawsyn (2). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and watching the Cubs!
Mrs. Deborah Bertschi earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Education with a minor in History Education from Illinois State University. She has a Master's in History from ISU as well. She currently teaches Global Cultures (Community: People and their culture), Early Western Civilization, and American Cultural Studies. EWC and ACS are dual credit courses. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, and attending the activities of her children.
I am an American, but the world is my home.
Ms. Erin Blucker grew up in Kewanee, IL and attended Olivet Nazarene University, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology. Following this, she attended Bradley University and received her Master's Degree in Human Development Counseling and School Counseling. She joined the EHS team in 2019. In her free time, Ms. Blucker enjoys spending time with family and friends (especially her nieces and nephews), reading, going to concerts, and talking about Gilmore Girls with others who love it.
“Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” ~Mumford & Sons
Mrs. Janelle Brace grew up in Tuscola, IL. She received her associate's degree from Parkland Community College and then received her bachelor's degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University. Go Panthers! She is married to Ben and they have two daughters, Bryleigh and Bentley. She is passionate about helping St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, online shopping, and the color pink.
~Work Hard and Be Nice to People~
Mr. Brett Charlton graduated with his Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University and received his Master's degree from Olivet University. He teaches Health & Wellness and Boys PE. He also
coaches track & field and cross country. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, running, and spending time with his family.
Mrs. Ferguson is the business and technology teacher at the high school. She has an MBA from Illinois State University and is working on her Master's in Accounting through Liberty University online. Mrs. Ferguson also works at Heartland Community College in their business and technology lab and teaches an open-learning online Career and Success Strategies course and Lincoln College in their business department. Working at the colleges connects her with the skills that upper-level education is looking for. Her favorite things to do in her free-time are work on improving her home, reading crime and mystery novels, spending time with her husband Ryan and son Cooper, and traveling. She has been to many states and a number of different countries with the EHS travel club.
“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” —Mia Hamm
While earning her Bachelor of Arts from Eureka College, Mrs. Jami Geirnaeirt played college basketball and softball and is a Hall of Fame Member. She has a Master's degree from Illinois State University and teaches Physical Education, Health and Wellness, and Behind the Wheel driving. She enjoys spending time with her son Dane, her husband Kyle, family, friends, nieces, nephews, and Godchildren. She also enjoys sports such as biking, boating, golfing, softball, basketball, and likes to shop and relax at home. Her favorite teams besides EHS sports are the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
We will be remembered by the tracks we leave behind.
William Glass has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University and a Master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University along with many graduate hours in Educational Technology. He teaches Geometry and Computer Programming. In addition, he co-sponsors the Junior Class. In his free time he enjoys computers and video games, cooking, exercise, and spending time with family.
Try it. You might like it.
Mr. Jason Greene has a B.A. in Physical Education from Eureka College and a Master of Education from Olivet Nazarene University. In addition to his duties as athletic director, he teaches Driver's Education. In his spare time he enjoys golf, basketball, and spending time with his wife Gina and their 3 children, Keaton, Morgan and McKenzie.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Mr. Tom Hantak received his Bachelor of Sciences in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (SIUE) in May of 2016 and has taught at EHS since then (Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Physical Science). He hopes to eventually go back to school to receive a Masters degree at some point in the future. Mr. Hantak is originally from the St. Louis, MO area, but lived in Germantown Hills, IL for most of his childhood and graduated from Metamora High School in 2012. From his time in the district, Mr. Hantak has gotten involved in FCA, Eureka Live, Fresh-soph baseball, Fight for Life, Sophomore Class Sponsor, CEGEA Trivia Night, and his church's youth group. In addition, his hobbies include sports (playing and watching), road trips, volunteering, youth ministry, and learning new things.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” -C.S. LEwis
Mrs. Deanna Horton grew up in Washington, IL and currently resides in East Peoria. Mrs. Horton attended Illinois Central College, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University, and received her Master’s degree in Special Education in 2010. She worked as a Social Worker for a year before changing her career path to Education. Before coming to Eureka, she taught Life Skills Special Education for two years at Fieldcrest High School. Her and her husband, Gerry, have two daughters, Sophia and Brooklyn. She loves to spend time with her family and their dog, Chloe. She also loves to travel, shop, and cheer on the Chicago Cubs!
“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.” --Robert M. Hensel
Mrs. Kathleen Irvin (English I, Theatre Arts, and Speech) grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She graduated magna cum laude with degrees in English, theatre arts, and secondary education. Early job opportunities included a 16-year stint teaching language arts, social studies, and theatre arts at Bloomington Junior High School. While in Bloomington, she directed 20 full-scale musical productions and organized an annual Fine Arts Week with the professionals from the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She continues to share her passion for theatre at EHS and has directed shows here for the last 5 years (THE ODD COUPLE, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, THIS IS A TEST, HARD CANDY, and CINDERELLA). In addition to her time directing, Mrs. Irvin has extensive experience onstage, acting in over 1,000 professional performances. She even met the love of her life onstage! Mrs. Irvin also enjoys co-sponsoring Key Club (join us for Santa’s Workshop!). In her spare time, she is often singing, grant-writing, crafting, or shopping. She feels blessed to reside in rural Congerville with husband Jim, son Joshua (EHS 2019), and dog Jackson.
“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” - Henry Van Dyke
Mrs. MacKenzie Kelley graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in physics teaching education. She teaches Physics,Physical Science, and Biology. Ms. Kelley is a co-sponsor of KEY club & science club; she also helps with the musical. In addition, Mrs. Kelley is pursuing a masters degree in Chemistry education.
When she is not teaching, MacKenzie enjoys running, reading, & spending time with family. She lives with her husband Eric, who is a real life chemist & beloved their mutt Khalee Jo.
Mr. Adam Lloyd received his Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Mr Lloyd is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education and Economics. Mr Lloyd teaches agriculture at EHS and serves as FFA advisor. Mr. Lloyd in his spare time enjoys reading, helping out on the family farm and spending time with his family.
"To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to change often."-Winston Churchill
Mrs. Courtney Lowe graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in English and concentrations in professional and creative writing. She studied abroad at Harlaxton Manor in Grantham England and finished her teaching certification at National Louis University in downtown Chicago. At EHS, she teaches sophomore World Literature and Journalism. She is the head Speech Team coach, yearbook adviser and has her Journalism Education Association Certification. She lives in Germantown Hills with her husband Patrick, dog-child Rooney, and human child Ramona, and when she isn't at the high school, she enjoys seeing live music and hanging out with her family--parents Bob and Connie, sister Alison and brother-in-law Gary, and her niece and nephew Georgia and Gary III. Courtney also is a huge movie buff. Her movie trivia knowledge is extensive, and before becoming a teacher, she worked at the Chicago International Film Festival. She loves taking road trips in her Prius especially to Montana and Idaho for outdoor adventures and to visit family and friends, but the people in the Midwest are the best. The EHS students, staff, and community make it so she has the best teaching gig ever!
Ms. Mindy Mahannah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois State University, Master of Science degree in English Studies from ISU, and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Memphis. She currently teaches English IV, Speech, English 110, and English 111.
She and her husband, Jay, have four kids: Aurora, Phoenix, Katja Sage, and Orion. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, canoeing, and hiking.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Mr. Joe Miller graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN in 2005 with a B.A. in History with a secondary licensure to teach. Mr. Miller completed his Master's Degree in the area of Psychology in the fall of 2010. Following graduation from FHU, Mr. Miller taught one year of private school at White House Christian Academy, moved back to Illinois, and taught one semester of U.S. History at Canton High School. Mr. Miller currently teaches Global Cultures, Psychology, and Sociology. In his spare time, Mr. Miller enjoys coaching baseball and basketball, exercising, reading, and spending time with his wife (Andrea) and his two sons (Preston and Duke).
"I live by my own rules (reviewed, revised, and approved by my wife).. but still my own." - Si Robertson
Michelle Monk attended Illinois Central College and transferred to Illinois State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. She began her teaching career in 1998 at Hall High School in Spring Valley and in 2000 she transferred to Tremont High School where she served as Biology teacher, Student Council Advisor and wore many other hats in the 12 years that she served that district. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from St. Xavier University in 2004 and continues to take courses when time allows. Michelle is currently teaching Biology One and Anatomy and Physiology and also serves as the co-sponsor for Student Council and Science Club Sponsor. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and attending activities of her children.
"Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin." Grace Hansen
Mrs. Olivia Morris received her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Eastern Illinois University. Previous to Eureka High School, she taught at Fisher High School for two years. She is excited to be back in Eureka teaching in the math department. In her spare time, Olivia enjoys running, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her family!
“Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in everyday!” –Author Unknown
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University, Mr. Matt O'Hanlon earned Master's degrees from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. He teaches Physical Science, ICC BIO 115, ICC AGRI 204, ICC AGRI 205, and ICC AGRI 110. He also coaches the agronomy team and is an assistant cross country coach. His hobbies include fishing, shark wrestling, and spending time with his wife, Wendy, and son, Rory.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Mr. Jerry Prina graduated from Western Illinois University with his Bachelor's Degree in History Education in the winter of 2008. He played baseball at Danville Area Community College and transferred to Western to finish his playing career with the Leathernecks. He received his Master’s Degree in General Administration in 2012 from American College of Education. He and his wife Bethany reside in Goodfield and have three children; Brylie, Brielle, and Patrick. Mr. Prina teaches Government and Civics to sophomores at EHS and coaches the Varsity Girls Basketball Team.
"Everything you do, do with all your Heart."
Mr. Kenny Robertson graduated from Eastern Illinois University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Career and Technical Education and a Minor in Safety and Drivers Ed. Mr. Robertson Teaches Electricity and Electronics, Technology & Design, Drafting, Manufacturing, and Construction Trades. He and His wife, Atlee, live just north of Germantown Hills and have an eight year old son and a 3 month old daughter.
Mr. Eric Seim teaches Weights and Conditioning and Health and Wellness. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Illinois State University. He and his wife, Maggie, live in the country outside Eureka with their 3 girls Tinley, Madison and Emersyn. He also coaches football, softball, and bass fishing at the high school. In his free time he enjoys bass fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Todd Stalter earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Illinois State University. He teaches Grades K-6 General Music, ICC MUS 150 "What to Listen for in Music," is Director of Bands at Eureka High School, and serves as Chair of the Fine Arts Committee for District 140. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the National Association for Music Education, and the Illinois Music Educators Association. Mr. Stalter's compositions for Band are published by Alfred Publishing Co., some of which are included as significant repertoire in the educational reference series "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band." He has appeared as a conductor with numerous District, Honor, and All-State Bands, and has presented sessions at the Illinois Music Education Conference for both composition students and professional music educators. In April 2018, he was Composer-in-Residence at the Illinois State University Concert Band Festival. Mr. Stalter maintains an active schedule as a festival adjudicator for IHSA, IESA, and IGSMA, and is an ILMEA All-State trumpet adjudicator. He lives in Eureka with his wife, Angie, who is Director of Orchestras at Parkside Junior High School in Normal, IL.
Mr. John Stromberger came to EHS in 1994. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in math education from the University of Illinois and a Master's Degree in education from Illinois State University. He currently teaches Algebra/Trigonometry and Algebra II. He is also the varsity softball coach. He enjoys music, genealogy, sports, and bird watching. His wife Connie is a math teacher at Limestone, and they have three daughters, Kaci, Lisa, and Tara, and one son, Jack.
Mr. Dave Tapp attended Illinois Central College, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University, and a Master of Arts degree from St. Xavier University. He obtained his Library Science endorsement from Illinois State University. Mr. Tapp teaches Speech and English 3. He and his wife (EHS alum) have three children and one son-in-law. His pursuits include long distance running, road biking, and extended outdoor expeditions.
The start of every accomplishment is the decision to try.
Laughter is the best medicine. Keep them laughing and you can heal the world.
Ms. Kate Toering grew up in Chenoa, Illinois. She graduated from Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA) in 2003, double-majoring in K-12 Spanish and Elementary Education. During her studies, Kate spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain and HIGHLY encourages all students to study abroad for at least a semester! She has also taken Spanish students on trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Prior to teaching Spanish I & IV at Eureka, Kate taught High School Spanish at South O’Brien High School (Paullina, IA) for 12 years and at multiple Unit 5 Schools (Normal, IL) for 1 year. In her spare time during the school year, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, baking, and exercising. And during the summer she loves to travel internationally, tend to her garden, read a plethora of books (John Grisham, David Baldacci, and Francine Rivers are her favorite authors!), and bask in the sun.
"Encourage one another and build each other up." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Mrs. Barb Wertz received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University and her Masters in Education Administration from Western Illinois University. She attended Aurora University in the Educational Technology program. She lives in Eureka with her husband Nathan (EHS 1995), daughter Samantha Morse (EHS 2017), daughter Miranda and son Brody. She is a retired (27+ years in the IL Army Natl. Guard) Master Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard. In her free time she enjoys golfing, floating in her pool, reading, going on walks and entertaining.
“Do something everyday that you enjoy.”
Mr. Christopher Wells has earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL – the home of the Chicago Bears. He has 22 years of coaching experience in football and 9 years of experience in baseball, some of which he spent as head coach for each sport. Mr. Wells has volunteered his time with various other activities and sports at both Eureka High School and Eureka Middle School. He brings to the Art Department at Eureka a background of Graphics Design, Photography, Animation and Illustration, and has added computer-based art to his resume as well. He enjoys traveling with students and has created a Travel Club at Eureka High School, offering a chance for students to “see the world”. His travels have led him to Italy, France, Greece, Wales, Ireland, England, Germany, Monaco, Turkey.
Mrs. Kim Willi teaches Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Concepts of Math, and Statistics. She graduated from Concordia University with a degree in secondary education with a major in math and has a Master's in Mathematics from Illinois State University. She lives in Eureka with her husband Scott and her daughter Riley. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, biking, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~ Mother Teresa
Mr. Ben Wyland received both of his Bachelors from Illinois State University. His degrees are in Music Education and Flute Performance. Mr. Wyland teaches 5th & 6th grade general music at Eureka middle school, 5th through 8th grade band, and is the assistant director of Eureka high school marching band. Along with teaching Mr. Wyland is also a member of the 566th Air Force band in Peoria, Illinois.