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Last updated: 08/17/2017
Deb Evans's Profile
Deb Evans's Blog
 
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1st Grade
  I was born and raised in Greenfield, Indiana, but have called Francesville my home since 1976. I graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. I live in rural Francesville with my husband Rob, retired West Central teacher/technology director. We have four children: Kyle (wife Melissa), Ryan, Scott, and Sara.  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Kellis Gutwein's Profile
 
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1st Grade
  Welcome to 1B! I'm Kellis Gutwein. I graduated from Saint Joseph's College and Purdue University. I have a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. I have taught at West Central Elementary since 2006 in many different positions (1st, Kindergarten, 4th, and Title I). My husband, Fred, and I have three children. Gretchen and Elliott currently attend West Central and Waylon is a future Trojan in Training. I am a West Central Alumni and a proud Trojan!  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Leanna Nielsen's Profile
Leanna Nielsen's Blog
 
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1st Grade
  Hello! I'm Leanna Nielsen. I graduated from Purdue North Central and majored in Early Childhood Education. This is my third year as a first grade teacher at West Central Elementary and I really enjoy it. I am married to Wyatt and we have a one year old daughter named Hattie who is always getting into something! :)  
 
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2nd Grade
  I came to West Central in 1978 and have taught both first and second grades. I live on a farm near Idaville and have come to enjoy the long drive. In October or November of 2017, my husband and I will have a granddaughter.  
 
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2nd Grade
  Hello! My name is Mrs. Laurel Linback. Most people call me Laurie. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Manchester College and my Master's Degree from Indiana University Kokomo. I have been a teacher here at West Central Elementary for the past 33 years. I began by teaching 3rd grade for 18 years. Then I moved to Kindergarten and taught there for 7 years. Now, I am in my 8th year as a 2nd grade teacher. I love teaching and I love teaching at WEST CENTRAL! My husband Don and I have been married for 33 years. We have 2 daughters and a son. Our oldest daughter, Lauren (29), is married to Justin Kline and they have a 2 year old son, Brooks. Our middle child, Jenna (25) is married to Dustin Hileman. Kalen, our youngest, is 23 and is a Marine. At this time, he is stationed in Iwakuni, Japan. We hope he will be back home with us a year from now. We are extremely proud of our children!  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Michelle Biggs's Profile
 
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3rd Grade
  Hi! My name is Michelle Biggs. I am a 3rd grade teacher at West Central Elementary. I have been teaching for over 30 years! My family includes my husband, Mike and my son, Tyler. Hopefully, I will have the pleasure of teaching your son or daughter someday. : ) Oops, I almost forgot the most important member of the family.... my dog Jo Jo! She is a big sweetie!  
 
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3rd Grade
  Hello! I'm Terri Ray. I began my teaching career in 1983, after I graduated from Purdue University. When I first started at West Central, I was a Title One teacher. When a position became available, I taught 4th grade. A few years later, I moved to third grade and I've been there ever since! I love third grade!! :) I live in Monticello. My family lives near me, and we enjoy spending time together. I frequently visit my sister's home in the summer to go swimming!! I'm the proud aunt of two nephews, Nick and Tanner!  
Haley Tapper
 
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3rd Grade
Last updated: 10/18/2017
Jennifer Byrne's Profile
 
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4th Grade
  I came to West Central in 2012 and started in the Title I department as an instructional aide. I spent 2 years in Title before moving to the 4th grade for 2014-2015 school year. I have completed my Masters degree in Special Education from Western Governors University. I am currently working towards my Doctoral Degree at North Central University.I have 5 children ranging in age from 21 to 15. I live on a small hobby farm in North Judson and I am very involved in Starke County 4H. I absolutely love being a part of the West Central Community.  
Jill Rohrer
 
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4th Grade
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Joy Schlatter's Profile
 
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4th Grade
  Welcome to fourth grade. I am thoroughly excited to be teaching your child. My name is Joy Schlatter. I am the daughter-in-law to Jodie Schlatter. I married her son Joey. Johnson Bible College was my school of choice. I graduated cum laude with a masters degree in elementary education. I now have 3 children: a boy, Timothy and 2 girls, Kayla and Leah.  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Lorie Zellers's Profile
 
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4th Grade
  I love teaching 5th grade! I have been at West Central for almost 30 years. I attended Ancilla College and Indiana University for my Bachelor's degree. I received my Master's degree from Purdue University. I live in Winamac with my husband Brad and my two boys, Greg and Shawn. I also have two dogs, Jake and Buster. I love being on the computer, reading magazines, and gardening.  
 
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5th Grade
  My name is Marilyn Bernal. I graduated from West Central in 1985 and continued my educational path by graduating from Ball State University in 1989. I moved to Texas and taught 1st grade at San Antonio for 8 years. During that time, I received a Masters degree and Endorsement in Gifted Education. I moved back to Indiana in 1998 and began teaching 2nd grade at West Central in the fall of 1999 for 1 year, and then switched to 5th grade where I have been for 16 years. My husband, Jonn, and I live in Francesville with our daughter, Sara, and son, Jonn.  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Jessica Williams's Profile
Jessica Williams's Blog
 
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5th Grade
  I joined the West Central School Corporation in 2012. I spent 2 years in Title 1 and moved to 5th grade in 2014. The 2017-2018 school year will be my 4th year teaching 5th grade. I am a 2010 graduate of Ball State University and have enjoyed working with kids of all ages since high school. I live in Monticello with my husband and 3 boys I enjoy scrap booking, bowling, and traveling.  
 
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Art
  'Hi, I'm Lisa Zeyen. I am the Visual Arts teacher here at West Central Elementary. I currently work with students in kindergarten through 6th grade. I have been working here since 2012. Creating art has always been a passion of mine, and I love seeing my student explore their creative side! I have 2 daughters, Sara and Claire. I live with my husband, Jon Simmermaker, in Winamac.'  
Cathy Risner
 
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Cafeteria Manager
Jill Shannon
 
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Computer/Instructional Assistant
Sally Smidler
 
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ELL/Instructional Assistant
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Lindsay Hopkins's Profile
 
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Guidance Counselor
  Hello! I am West Central Elementary's school counselor. I have had the privilege of working at West Central since 2010. In previous years, I have worked in Title 1, and have taught 3rd and 2nd grade. I'm originally from Laporte, Indiana, but my husband and his family are from around this area, so I have lived here for the last nine years. I love it! I have had opportunities to go work at other schools, but I always tell people that I love where I work. It is the best school with the best staff. I have three children, and one is already attending West Central. He is in kindergarten this year. My other two are still in diapers, but one day they will hopefully be a West Central Trojan as well.  
Ron Schultz
 
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Head Custodian
Paige Anliker
 
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Instructional Assistant
Allison Carnahan
 
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Instructional Assistant
Sheryl Fritz
 
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Instructional Assistant
Doreen Gudeman
 
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Instructional Assistant
Lisa Marlatt
 
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Instructional Assistant