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Kindergarten

Casey Carter

82I grew up in Garden City, Kansas with an older sister and a younger brother. My parents both worked in Special Education and retired last year. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was very young.

I moved to Emporia to go to Emporia State University. I was offered a job at Timmerman and it has been my teaching home for the last 5 years.

This is my fifth year as a kindergarten teacher after one year as a first grade teacher. Growing students excitement for learning is my passion and I love seeing students progress throughout the year.

My husband is also a teacher at Topeka West High School. We live in Emporia with our two dogs, Buzz and Oscar. Buzz is a 7 year old beagle and the quirkiest dog I’ve ever met. Oscar is a 6 year old puggle who is wild and crazy!

 

Ashleigh Darnell

119Hello! I grew up in Liberal, KS and journeyed to the lovely town of Emporia to attend the Teacher’s College at Emporia State. I graduated from ESU with a BSE degree and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I was fortunate to complete my student teaching at Timmerman and began teaching here as an instructional strategist, providing small group instruction in reading and math to K-4 students. This is my sixth year teaching, fourth year in kindergarten.  I enjoy learning best practices and strategies to help make learning meaningful and fun! One of my favorite things about kindergarten is teaching literacy and helping your child grow as a reader! #EmporiaProud

Rhonda Zornes

535This is my 22nd year teaching Kindergarten. I am currently working on my masters for a Reading Specialist.

My husband and I will celebrate our 31st Anniversary in September. Last summer we went to Alaska. My husband works at Sauder’s. We have two daughters. Carrie who is 26, is married and lives in North Dakota. Katelyn works for St. Francis in Topeka.

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially outdoor events. This past summer we spent a lot of time camping and boating at Melvern.

It is truly amazing the amount of growth that my students make from August to May.

First Grade

Jenna Adkins

5This is my first year teaching  and I couldn’t be more excited about teaching at Timmerman. I graduated from Emporia High School and also Emporia State University. Last December I graduated with my Second Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. I student taught in Olathe in Kindergarten and then at  Timmerman last fall in second grade. I received my first bachelors Degree from Emporia State in Sociology. I spent 5 ½ years working as a Children’s Case manager at a Mental Health Center in Lawrence before going back to school to pursue Elementary Education. I completed the Emporia State Teaching  program through Johnson County in Kansas City. While going back to school I taught Pre-K at a La Petitie in the Kansas City area. I know I made the right decision to go back to school because I loved being in the classroom with the kids! I am really enjoying my time back in Emporia and being close to family!

Jennifer Hendrickson

213I grew up in Topeka, KS and I have two older sisters Julie and Jessica.  I moved to Emporia for college and I graduated from Emporia State in 2013.  After college I moved back to Topeka and taught at Meadows Elementary for two years, and while at Meadows I taught 4th and 1st Grade.  

I moved back to Emporia the summer of 2015 and had my first year at Timmerman last year.  Last year I taught Kindergarten and this year I  am teaching 1st grade.  I am so excited to be teaching 1st Grade because I love seeing how all the students have grown since working with them in Kindergarten.

On August 2, 2016 my boyfriend Dave and I welcomed our precious little girl Margaery into the world.  I have loved being able to spend the last couple months at home with her and watching how much she has grown.  I enjoy being a new mom, spending time with my family, fishing, and cooking.

I am looking forward to having another amazing year here at Timmerman!

Angelica Mays

303Hello! My name is Angelica Mays and I am a first grade teacher at Timmerman Elementary. This is my first year teaching and I am very excited to begin my journey here at Timmerman Elementary.

I graduated from Osawatomie High school in 2010, then moved to Emporia where I attended Emporia State University. In my last year at ESU, I student taught 3rd grade at Riverside Elementary here in Emporia, and kindergarten at Olpe Elementary in Olpe. After completing my student teaching, I graduated from ESU in 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Education.

I am a very family oriented person. I do not have any children of my own, however, I do have a 9 year old niece, Haven, who is my world. A few things I enjoy are spending time with my family, cooking, swimming, watching movies, attending local sporting events, and participating in outdoor activities.

I am looking forward to seeing what Timmerman Elementary has is store for me this year. I am proud to call myself a Bulldog. I can already tell that it’s going to be an amazing first year!

Amy Perry

365I am currently in my 25th year of teaching. I taught 5 years at Head Start here in Emporia, 15 years of Kindergarten and I am currently in my fifth year of First grade. I received my bachelors and masters  degree from Emporia State.

I am married to a wonderful man named Stan. We have two children Brooke and Hayden. Brooke is a Senior at Kansas State University and Hayden is a Sophomore at Hutchinson Community College. He is playing football there for them. They keep me very busy when I am not at school. I enjoy going and watching them participate in all the sports and activities they are in. I am a huge K-State fan. I like to exercise and spend time with my family and friends.

Second Grade

Stephanie Bosiljevac

55Hi! I love teaching and this is my 14th year! I strive to make learning fun and to create an environment where students feel loved, welcome, and safe. We are like one big school family! We love having one to one technology and love doing hands on projects! Our class motto is “Work Hard, Play Hard”!

I am married to Tyler Bosiljevac who teaches Social Science at the High School. I have 3 children who are my world. Kaden is in 3rd grade this year, Karli is in 1st grade, and Addi is 2 years old. We love doing anything we can as a family!

LET’S HAVE A GREAT YEAR!!!

Jessica Milleson

321Hi I’m Jessica Milleson and I am excited and proud to be your student’s 2nd grade teacher.  

I am originally from Salina, Kansas and went to Kansas State University right out of high school.  After graduation, I moved to Wichita, where I worked in retail and banking management.  I then decided to pursue a career in teaching. I received my teaching endorsement through Southwestern College and taught for Wichita Public Schools for 2 years. I have been teaching at Timmerman for the past 3 years all in 2nd grade!

My husband, Corby and I have been married for 18 years and have two fabulous children, our daughter Taylor and our son Cale. Corby is a P.E. and business teacher at EHS. He is also the head football coach at the high school. In my free time, I love to read books and watch sports, especially K-State and EHS football! Go Spartans!!! Go Cats!!!

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: jessica.milleson@usd253.net

Chelsea Wiltz

0692Hi! My name is Chelsea Wiltz. I am so lucky to have your child in my class, and I look forward to each new day! I am a lifelong learner, and I will provide your child a safe environment where they can have fun and become a lifelong learner as well.

My teaching experience started at Walnut Elementary in January 2006 right after graduating from Emporia State University in December 2005. While there I taught 4th, 1st and 2nd grade. I had the privilege of “looping” and it was a great experience full of benefits for the children and myself. When I had my son in 2009 I took time off from teaching. When he was ready for Kindergarten I headed back to the classroom. This time I am teaching at Timmerman! I had one year of experience at 3rd grade and am in my second year at 2nd grade. Second grade is a great place to be!

When I’m not at school, I love spending time outdoors or watching movies with my family. My husband, Corey, is a principal at Americus Elementary/Junior High. My son and step-daughter, Cole and Bailey, are in 2nd grade this year too! My step-daughter, Brooklyn, is a 7th grader who loves volleyball and basketball. Spending quality time with all of them is my favorite thing to do!!

Third Grade

Holli Hoelting

223Hello! My name is Holli Hoelting and I have been a third grade teacher at Timmerman Elementary for the past seven years. This is my eighth year of teaching. I love my career as a teacher. Each day brings upon new challenges and inspirations. Having the opportunity to enrich the lives of children is truly remarkable and a blessing.        

I currently live in the same small town/community that I was raised in, Olpe, Kansas. I am married to my husband, Jason Hoelting, and we have two children. Our daughter Maddy is a freshman at Kansas State University and our son Gavin is an eighth grader at Olpe Middle School. We spend a lot of our time at sporting events, which we love. We also enjoy traveling and visiting/hiking the National Parks. I also love movies, reading, and being outdoors.   

Creating a safe, positive, enriched classroom environment is very important to me. I want students to feel accepted and validated as a member of our classroom community. We will accomplish great things together.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Deanne Kelly

253I was born and raised here in Emporia. I went to Mary Herbert Elementary School, Kindergarten through fifth grade. I graduated from Emporia State University and have a BS in Elementary Education and an endorsement in ESL. This is my 17th year of teaching. I have taught ESL, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade. I am married to a wonderful husband Tobey, we’ve been married for 17 years.  I also have two sons who are 13 and 9. They keep me VERY busy and I enjoy every minute of it!

Kala Olivier

347Welcome to our classroom family! My name is Kala Olivier and I am so delighted to be your child’s classroom teacher this year.

This will be my ninth year of teaching. I have enjoyed three years in third grade here at Timmerman and previously taught 5th grade in Gardner for six years. I graduated college from Emporia State University in 2007 where I earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education. I graduated with my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Baker University in 2011.

My husband and I love being a part of the Emporia community since this is where we went to college and met. We have two young boys, Cole and Cade, who keep us very busy! The other two “children” we have are our spoiled dogs, Bentley and Harlee. In my free time I love being with my family and friends, playing outside with the kids, scrapbooking, and watching movies.

Throughout the year I will be sure to keep you updated on your student’s success through emails, phone calls, and the daily communication folder. I  look forward to working with your child. We have a fantastic year full of fun and learning ahead! With all of us working together, this year will be terrific!

Fourth Grade

Trenna Hanlin

204I graduated in 1999 from Emporia State University with my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and an Area of Concentration in Early Childhood Education and a Provisional in Early Childhood Special Education.  I also have the endorsement of English as a Second Language through Kansas State University.

This is my fourth year as a 4th grade teacher at Timmerman Elementary.  When I became a Bulldog in 2008, I was an English for Second Language Learners Teacher.  Prior to my position at Timmerman Elementary, I taught Toddlers (one year to two-and-a-half years old) at The Center for Early Childhood Education on the ESU Campus for two years.  I taught one year of 3rd Grade and one year of 6th Grade at Neosho Rapids Elementary, also having taught three years at Burlingame Elementary in a 2nd Grade classroom.

My husband Kevin and I have two sons, Garland and Grayson.  Both boys keep us busy.  We are very active in 4-H.  

You can contact me at this email address: trenna.hanlin@usd253.net

Caressa Quarles

380I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ks. I graduated from Ottawa in 2006 and worked at Lincoln Elementary School from 2007 to 2010 before deciding to become a teacher myself. I graduated from Emporia State University in 2013 and began teaching that fall at Eugene Field Elementary School. This is my fourth year teaching overall, my second year at Timmerman Elementary School. I have taught second, fourth, fifth and now fourth grade again. I have learned so much from teaching each of these grade levels and am thankful to have had the opportunity.

My husband and I have been married a little over two years and just moved to a new home. We own two dogs, a Husky and a German Shepherd, and two cats. They keep us fairly busy.

Our class is filled with fun activities that utilize technology. We are constantly learning from each other every day and finding new ways to teach each other as well. I look forward to working with your child this year and helping them succeed on this journey of life.

Marcy Shirk

446I was raised in Wellsville, KS where I attended school in the same building from Kindergarten to my senior year.  I met my husband, Miles, at school and he is my high school sweetheart.  We both attended ESU after high school.

While getting my degree in Elementary Education I began working here at Timmerman in 2008.  I first started out doing PM Academy (Rec Xtra) and then began as a para in the intensive skills classroom.  I loved being a para!  I was fortunate enough to work at Timmerman until I began student teaching in 2011 where I interned at Logan Avenue (Kindergarten) and came back to Timmerman (3rd grade).

I started teaching at Timmerman in 2012.  I taught 5th grade for three years. Last year I stayed home with my two sons, Linus (3) and Charlie (1).  I am so glad to be back at Timmerman teaching 4th grade. It feels like home.

Fifth Grade

Cindy Kraft

263Hello!  This is Mrs. Kraft and this is my twentieth year in teaching.  Where has that time gone?  I began my teaching career in 2nd grade, but have also been a strategist, a literacy coach and a Reading Recovery teacher.  I received my masters degree with a reading specialist certificate.

My family consists of my husband, Mike, my daughter, Chandry and her husband, Brandon, my first granddaughter, Chesney, and my son, Heath.  I love to be outside, planting flowers, being with my animals, and reading!  We are a busy family!

Fifth grade is new to me this year. My fifth graders are the “Shine” classroom. Our motto is: “Kraft’s KidsKeep Positive, Invest in hard work, Dig into learning, and Shine!”  It is a joy to work with your children each and every day!  I take their learning seriously and challenge them to have a “Growth Mindset.”  

I appreciate your support, and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  I look forward to working with your child this year!

Shirley McCloud

304Hello, my name is Shirley McCloud.  I currently teach fifth grade math, social studies and science at Timmerman Elementary School.  I started my teaching career at Walnut Elementary School teaching fourth grade and then moved to Lowther South Intermediate School to teach fifth grade until the closing of the building. All twenty-seven years of my teaching career has been with USD 253.

I enjoy spending time with my friends, reading and playing games.  My favorite thing is to spend time with my daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.

Shelley Sparks

464Hello, I am excited to working with 5th graders at Timmerman Elementary, teaching Literacy. It is going to be a great year!

As many of you might have already known, I previously taught a Lowther South Intermediate School before the closing of that building. While there, I taught both 5th grade Special Education and 5th grade General Education classes.

I am married to my husband Tim and we have one daughter who is a Junior at EHS.

Please feel free for me to contact me via email at: shelley.sparks@usd253.net for anything.

Social Contract:

Today I will do my best, to be my best.

I will listen.

I will follow direction.

I will be honest.

I will respect the rights of others,

I can learn, I will learn.

“We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors…..but they all exist very nicely in the same box.”

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Hayden Taylor

485Hello! My name is Hayden Taylor and I am a fifth grade teacher at Timmerman Elementary. I graduated from Emporia State University in December of 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in the Spanish language. I student taught in a kindergarten classroom here at Timmerman, as well as a third grade classroom in the Olathe School District. I am happy to be back at Timmerman for my first year of teaching in a grade level where I feel most at home.

I grew up in Paola, Kansas with my semi-large family of six. Trey, Delaney, and Landon, my three younger siblings, are my world. My boxer, Juno, is of utmost importance as well! My hobbies include baking, listening to music, and reading.

#TeamTaylor

Special Education

Angela Combes

100I grew up in Emporia, the older sister to two younger brothers.  Through the years I have journeyed through the Emporia education system.  From Mary Herbert Elementary all the way to Emporia High School and then decided to continue on to Emporia State University where I graduated with a bachelor of science in elementary education and a masters in early childhood special education.  I have also received an endorsement in ELA, English Language Acquisition.  

I started my teaching career in 2006 at Timmerman teaching in the four-year-old at-risk program.  In 2007 the preschool programs were all moved to Maynard where I stayed for five years.  In 2012 I transferred back to Timmerman and have been teaching K-3rd special education.

I have many talents but my most important talent is being a mother of three AMAZING children, Grayson-7 Maddox-4 Braylee-2.  Family is very important to me and I am blessed to have so much family in the area.  From weekly family dinners to fun runs with close and extended family, there is never a dull moment in our lives.

Jennifer Esslinger

156I was born in Emporia, and grew up on a farm in Americus. Emporia was my “big city”! I attended Americus Elementary K-8 and then Northern Heights – GO Wildcats!! I went to ESU and received my bachelors in Elementary Education/Adaptive Special Education in 2005, and my Masters in Adaptive Special Education in 2010. I have a beautiful daughter, Morgan, who is 25. I have taught in the Emporia School District for 11 years. Last year was my first year at Timmerman in the Intensive Skills program, and it is the BEST! The students and families are amazing and this staff is like family. I am so very thankful to be here!

Megan Glenn

189I am Kansas born and raised – I was born in Manhattan, KS and grew up in Shawnee Mission, Kansas (Overland Park and Roeland Park), the oldest of three and the only girl. I went back to Manhattan for my undergraduate at Kansas State University, getting my B.S. in Biology and B.S. in Science Secondary Education. I taught everything under the sun while living in Nacogdoches and Crockett, Texas after college (geography lesson: this is in Deep East Texas – think of the show Swamp People). I earned my M.S. degree online in Special Education Gifted from Emporia State after moving back to Kansas and living in Parsons – a town in southeast Kansas. Little did I know that three years after graduating I would be packing up and moving with my family to Emporia. I have lived here since December 2011 and worked in Emporia School District since January 2012 as a gifted facilitator.

I am still the only female in my immediate family with two sons, Cooper (13) and Peyton (8), and a husband, J.R. (although we do currently have two female dogs). My husband is a wildlife biologist. He used to work for Kansas Wildlife and Parks but recently took a job with Westar Energy to manage the land they own around their energy centers and substations.

In my spare time, I love to do projects with my boys, play fetch with my dogs, play the handbells in my church handbell choir, ride bikes with my family, play the flute, and read. I also am a part-time consultant with Usborne Books & More; I love to read and share my love of books with others!

Annette Kessler

256I moved to Emporia 27 years ago. My husband Basil and I have 3 children; Ean (27), Jordan (25), and Chelsey (23).  We also have a Granddaughter Brooklyn who is 7 months old and keeps us all in smiles and waiting to see her next accomplishment.  Our family loves Emporia and all the wonderful opportunities available to us to enjoy and spend time with family and friends.

Credentials: Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) from Wichita State University, member of Kansas Speech/Language/Hearing Association and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, CCC-SLP, licensed by the State of Kansas through KDHE.

Jessica Knuth

261I was born and raised outside a small town in Nebraska (Go Huskers!!).  Our family of 5 lived outside of Scribner, where I was lucky enough to grown up near lots of aunts, uncles and cousins!  After high school I attended Highland Community College on a track scholarship for throwing events.  After Highland, I decided to further pursue my teaching degree (elementary and special education) at Emporia State University, where I graduated in May 2004.  This year is lucky number 13 and all have been spent teaching in some form of special education (resource, life skills and intensive skills).

My husband and I have been married for almost 10 years and we have two amazing kiddos (ages 8 and 7) who constantly keep us busy with all of their activities.  We live outside of Emporia and have 2 dogs (one for shed hunting and the other for waterfowl hunting), 3 crazy cats, and too many chickens!  We love to go on ranger rides, play games and just hang out at home.

Special Areas

Angela Podrebarac – Physical Education

My name is Angela Podrebarac. I have lived in Emporia for my entire life.  I graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Elementary Education K-9 and a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation K-12. I have also completed an endorsement in English as a Second Language and a masters in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University.

I am married to a wonderful husband and we have two beautiful daughters named Ella, 13 years old and Ava 8 years old. We also have a handsome son named Broden, 10 years. I truly cherish the time I spend with my family.

Amanda Hendry – Physical Education

Hi! I am originally from from Wichita, Kansas and I moved to Emporia in 1994 to attend Emporia State University.  I started teaching in 2001 as a 7th Grade Health teacher at Emporia Middle School.  After teaching Health for 9 years, I became a Reading Strategist for one year. In 2011, I was moved to teach Physical Education. I teach at Timmerman in the mornings and Village in the afternoon. I also help teach flex groups and I fill in wherever else as needed! I absolutely love teaching at both schools and I feel so blessed to be able to be doing a job that I love!!

My hobbies include reading, jogging, looking at Pinterest and wishing I could pull off some of that stuff, and spending time with my family. My husband’s name is Jason and we have 2 children. Eli is 11 and Emily is 5.

Christine Simons – Music

I grew up in Hays, KS in a large family of 8 and then moved to Osborne, KS when I was in 8th grade. I graduated from Osborne High School in 1984. I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a B.A. in Music Education in 1988 and later a Masters Degree in Music Education from Emporia State University. This is my 29th year of teaching. I taught band for 3 years in Sylvan Grove, 2 years in Hoisington, and 7 years in Burlington before becoming the orchestra teacher and then band director at Emporia High School. Because of a demanding schedule and a growing family, I chose to accept an elementary music position in the district and have taught for 10 fun fulfilling years.  I enjoy working with the elementary students and still get to teach some instrumental music with orchestra every morning and recordrer ensemble.  

My husband is Curtis Simons, a former EHS wrestling coach and who is now an athletic director/assistant principal at Emporia High School. We have three very involved children; Alexis, a freshman pharmacy major at KU; Mikayla, Senior; and Trey, Sophomore. They are involved with music, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, track and tennis. My personal time is spent watching my families school events or boating/camping. We attend Sacred Heart Church. I love music, being outdoors, and traveling to new places.

Jessica Snider – Music

I am originally from Quincy, IL. When I was in kindergarten I told my class that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. Fast forward to third grade and my first piano lesson, I was hooked.  I loved music and decided in fifth grade to play the (french) horn in band. I also participated in choir in junior high. I went on to be the drum major for my high school marching band. When I was looking for a college I found one, Culver-Stockton College, that let me be involved with many activities. It took me a year to decide what I wanted to teach but I decided to teach music. It was one of the best decisions of my life.  

I have been teaching music since 2005. Kansas State University’s band program was my reason for moving from Illinois. My husband and I have made Emporia our home and are raising our two daughters here.  

I enjoy seeing students and their families around town.  

I always say being a teacher is like being a rock star; the fan base is about the same!

Kristy Randel – Technology

I grew up in Louisburg, Kansas and didn’t travel too far from home to attended Emporia State University where I graduated with a bachelor of science in elementary education. I have also received an endorsement in ELA, English Language Acquisition from Kansas State University.

While in college I met my husband, Joren. Emporia was never in my life plan, but it has been a wonderful little town for Joren and I to start our lives out in. In the last five years our lives have changed tremendously. We went from a family of two with one dog we treated like a child, to having two lively loving children and a dog who is a little bitter.

This is my ninth year teaching at Timmerman Elementary. I started out teaching either first or second grade. I switched to being the technology instructor four years ago. I love that technology is ever changing and my job evolves year after year. My student come in ready to learn something new and exciting. I also get a little joy out of students thinking that I am magic by fixing a computer problem for them.

Feel free to contact me at: kristy.randel@usd253.net or follow me on Twitter @TimmermanTech

Lori Rainey – Library Media & Art

I am excited to be the Librarian and Art Teacher here at Timmerman

I have been teaching for 37 years.  I was an Art Teacher for my first 10 years of teaching and then became a Classroom Teacher for the next 27 years. My degrees are from ESU.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading, A BFA in Art, a Reading Specialist Certification and an ESL endorsement. I am currently working on a  Library Media Specialist Degree.

I am married to Larrie.  We have 3 children. Chris, Colby,(married to Amanda), and our daughter Shawna.  We have 2 grandchildren, both 2 years old.  

I want to establish a culture for learning through literature and art. I created a bright and comfortable library area to make their library experiences more memorable. There will always be student art work on display along with authors and illustrators.

My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking, photography, and art.  My favorite pastime is enjoying a cup of coffee and reading.  

Feel free to contact me at: lori.rainey@usd253.net.

Student Support

Casey Phillips, Student Support Specialist

370Hello! I am a born and raised Kansas country girl who grew up in Melvern, Kansas with my parents and 2 sisters. One of my favorite childhood memories are the yearly family vacations we took with my grandparents. I’m blessed that we still, to this day, take family vacations with my grandparents!

Once graduating from high school, I received my Bachelors in Human Services from Ottawa University and my Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!). Before joining Timmerman, I worked for TFI Family Services for 7 years. I am currently starting my 4th year as the Students Support Specialist at Timmerman. As the SSS at Timmerman I get the pleasure to work with all our wonderful children, their parents, our staff and our community stakeholders.

My husband and I have been married for 2 years and we just welcomed our first baby girl, Jolene, to the world in August 2016. Our family is blessed to live on the original Philips Farmstead in rural Hartford, KS and my husband enjoys farming and ranching for a living. I’m a huge Royals, KU men’s basketball and Chiefs fan. I also enjoy cooking and baking in my spare time. But most of all, I love just spending time with my family.

I love my job at Timmerman and I love all the people i get to work with. I am looking forward to helping you and your family in any way that I can.

Amanda Arndt, Instructional Coach

I’ve had the opportunity to work all thirteen years of my teaching career at Timmerman Elementary. I graduated from Emporia State University with a concentration in health as well as my ESL endorsement. I began my teaching career as an ESL teacher and then moved on to the general education classroom teaching 1st and 2nd.  

The majority of my day is spent collaborating with teachers and working to meet the needs of all of our students. My teaching is different now, but I’m honored to be able to work with so many different students and educators to provide the best instruction to help the students be the best they can be.

Tommie Gonsalez, School Psychologist

Instructional Strategists

Stephanie Calderwood

Hello! I am excited to be working at Timmerman as an Instructional Strategist and computer teacher for the 2nd grade classrooms this year. Many ask me, “What does a strategist do?” I can best explain it as someone who works with groups of students, focusing on the specific instructional need(s) of that group. I truly enjoy this because I get to meet so many of the students in our building and watch them grow personally and academically throughout the years!

I am a graduate of Kansas State University and I also earned my ESOL endorsement from there as well.  

My husband John and I have a 10-year-old son, Jake. We enjoy traveling, watching movies, and spending as much time together as possible.

Connie Coleman

My younger sister and I grew up on a farm in Harveyville, Kansas.  My dad was a farmer and my mom was a housewife and we had every type of farm animal there was.  I graduated from Mission Valley High School where I played volleyball and softball. I continued playing both sports many years into my adulthood.

I received my bachelors in elementary education, my masters in K-12 school counseling and ESOL endorsement all from Emporia State University.  I taught Kindergarten and was also the K-12 school counselor for 12 years at Hamilton, Kansas.  I was also the Jr. High girls’ volleyball, basketball, track and cheerleading coach for 4 years while I was at Hamilton. I’m currently in my 11th year in the Emporia school district where I’ve taught grades 1-3 the first 7 years and I’m currently in my 4th year as a K-5 strategist.

I’m on the board for the Friends of the Emporia Animal Shelter organization and I volunteer at the shelter on the weekends.I absolutely love helping animals any way I can.  I have several dogs and cats of my own at home that bring me lots of joy and keep my life interesting. I’m a big sports fan too and love to cheer on ESU, KSU, Chiefs and the Royals.

Camille Cooper

I was born and raised in Emporia. I went through the Emporia School District K through 12th grade. I went on to get my Bachelor’s degree at Emporia State University in 1997. Later, I received my ESOL endorsement from K-State University. I enjoy being an instructional strategist at Timmerman these last 10 years.  

I am married to my wonderful husband, Jeremy, for the last 16 years. We own a golf cart repair business called Cooper’s Carts downtown. We have two wonderful children ages 12 and 10. They keep us very busy with traveling basketball and gymnastics. As a family, we enjoy having barbeques with friends.

Darla Flanagin

169I was born and raised in Colby, Kansas. My mother worked for Southwestern Bell. My father worked for himself selling real estate. I have one sister that is a paraprofessional at a school in Shawnee, Kansas.  

I graduated from Colby High School in 1982. I graduated from Avila College in 1986 with a degree in elementary education.

My husband Marlin and I was married in 1986.  I taught Kindergarten in Lincoln, Nebraska while my husband completed his dental degree at the University of Nebraska. After graduation, we moved to Emporia, Kansas where I began teaching at Butcher Children’s School. Soon we began our family and was blessed with two children. Our daughter Danielle is a nurse at Lawrence Memorial and our son Nathaniel is a acoustical architect in Connecticut.

I am at Timmerman School on Wednesday’s in the library. The rest of the week I stay busy tending to animals, upkeep at our house, and work at our dental office.

Lori Tabares

481A warm welcome to all of the families attending Timmerman Elementary School this year!!!

My name is Lori S. Tabares. I am one of four strategists for our school. I have had the pleasure of teaching elementary education for 37 years!  A while ago I received my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in reading plus many classes towards a specialist degree.

My husband (now deceased) and I have three children. Staci is an integration architect at Cerner Corporation and is married to Tyler Stephenson who is attending KU Med School to become a family doctor.  My son Brian is a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and is serving overseas for the next few years. My youngest son,Tyler is also attending KU Med School to become a doctor of physical therapy.

We love to travel, attend sporting events, musicals and play with our two dogs Beau and Chico. I am happy to have had my children attend and graduate from High School in USD #253. I am very proud be a teacher in Emporia, Kansas!

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