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Phone: (309) 827-0086 ext. 1818


Degrees and Certifications:

Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement

Mrs. Jen Stroyan and Ms. Ellie Schimmel

Mrs. Stroyan: 

Teaches: Social Studies and ELA

Family: My husband, Pete, and I have been married for 14 years, and we have two children. Aiden is a 7th grader and Piper is a 4th grader. We also share our home with our dog, Scout, and my son's bearded dragon and frog. 

Background: I was raised on a small farm south of Bloomington where I learned to love the stillness of nature and caring for my dog, cats, goats, and pig (yep - just one pig!). I graduated with a degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003, and I have taught middle school students ever since!

Hobbies: I LOVE cooking and baking, practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with my family.

Favorite Books: Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen, Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan, and I could go on and on...

Ms. Schimmel: 

Hi everyone! I am Mrs. Stroyan's student teacher for the school year! I am a student at Illinois State University with a major in Middle Level Education. I've always known I've wanted to be a teacher, and I am one step closer to making my dream a reality!

I am originally from Moline, IL, where my family still lives. I am the oldest of three sisters, and we are all still very close. I love being able to go home and hang out with them in my free time. 

Outside of school I love reading Young Adult books, journaling, travelling, and hanging out with friends. 

Let me know if you ever need any book or show recommendations :-)