Meet Our New Teachers!
Franklin Teachers who joined our staff in 2013
I grew up in Eureka, IL and graduated from Eureka High School in 2007. After high school, I attended Illinois State University and graduated with my degree in Biological Sciences with a teacher certification endorsement in
2011. I taught Physical Science and Biology at Canton High School for 2 years. I was also the assistant boys and girls soccer coach at Canton for 2 seasons. Currently, I live in Springfield. I enjoy spending time with
friends and family, reading, cooking, and staying active by playing soccer and tennis. I have one older brother, who is a computer programmer and lives in Chicago. Originally, I wanted to become a teacher in order to get a new
generation excited about science and help them become life-long learners. I stayed with the profession because I truly enjoy every minute of it. There’s never a dull day!
Hi there! My name is Katy Stice. I am a speech-language pathologist. I live in Waverly, IL with my fiance Ryan Whalen and our three pups! I am a 2011 and 2013 graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville-School of Education; where I received both my Bachelor's and my Master's in Speech-Language Pathology. I chose to become a speech pathologist in the school district because I love spending time with children! My job allows me to choose fun games and activities to play with students while incorporating important skills to improve speech and language. I also happen to be the school librarian. This job allows me to share my love of reading with all of our students. My hope is that through reading and learning about the library, our students will also enjoy the adventures they can find inside a great book! Outside of school, I am working on becoming an Illinois Early Intervention certified speech-language pathologist. This will help me work with other children in our community who are preparing for school in the next couple of years. When I am taking a break from my career, I enjoy spending time with my family, spending time outside, and planning my upcoming wedding! Working in Franklin was an easy choice for me. It is my new home. I grew up in Roodhouse, IL and graduated from North Greene High School in 2007. When I moved to Waverly in 2011, I began working as a substitute teacher in the district. The students and stafff have always been welcoming to me and I know that the teachers in our district have true passion for teaching and helping each student excel to their greatest potential. I am thankful to work with the students, staff, and administrators here at Franklin CUSD #1. It is truly a great place to be!
Teaching has always been a passion of mine. When I was younger, I would take extra worksheets out of my teachers recycle bin and stuff them in my backpack; just so I could play "teacher". I would invite my friends over and present a lesson in my garage. My favorite gifts were from the teacher store: world globe, stickers, pointer, and an easel. It is still hard to believe that my made-up class has now become a realistic, every day ordeal. And with that, I wouldn't change a thing! I graduated from Benedictine University of Springfield in December 2010. At Benedictine I served as the President of the Education Forum and helped organize workshops for people in the field of education and also planned benefits for educational charities. I observed several practicums in rural, urban, parochial, public, and private schools. During my observations, I gained experience with all grade levels, kindergarten through eighth grade. Since graduation, I have gained experience in all levels from pre-k through twelfth grade as a substitute teacher. I look at every level as a new and exciting challenge. Throughout the last few years I have established junior high RTI curriculum and also an elementary computer curriculum.This year is a whole new ball game. I am starting my first year with the Franklin Flashes staff, students, and families. I am excited to be the second kindergarten teacher in the district! I live in Franklin and really enjoy being a part of the community. When I’m not in the classroom, you can usually find me hanging out with my husband, Paul, and son, Elliott. We have one huge, fun, loving dog named Gauge. In my spare time I enjoy photography, hunting, crafting and make-up artistry.
I grew up in Bement, IL and graduated from high school in 2000, then graduated from Greenville College in 2008 with a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership. I began working as a substitute teacher and realized that I should have been a teacher, so I went to UIS to get my teacher certification. Now I’m here!