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Last updated: 06/14/2017
Deb Evans's Profile
Deb Evans's Blog
219-567-9741 ext.1052
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, Ryan, Scott, and Sara.  
Last updated: 02/07/2017
Kellis Gutwein's Profile
219-567-9741 ext. 1012
1st Grade
  Hi! I'm Kellis Gutwein. I currently teaching first grade at West Central Elementary. I recently obtained my Master's Degree from Purdue University. I have taught at West Central since 2006 in many different positions (1st, Kindergarten, 4th, and Title I). I live in Francesville with my husband and two children.  
Last updated: 02/07/2017
Leanna Nielsen's Profile
Leanna Nielsen's Blog
219-567-9741 ext. 1013
1st Grade
  Hello! I'm Leanna Nielsen. This is my first year as a first grade teacher at West Central Elementary. Last year I taught Title 1, and met many wonderful children. I am married, and live in Medaryville.  
219-567-9741 ext.1023
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.  
219-567-9741 ext. 1040
2nd Grade
  Hello! My name is Mrs. Laurel Linback. Most people call me Laurie. I have been a teacher here at West Central Elementary for the past 32 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 7th year as a 2nd grade teacher. I love teaching and I love teaching at WEST CENTRAL! I have been married for 31 years to Don Linback. We have 2 daughters and a son. Our oldest daughter, Lauren (27), is married to Justin Kline and they are expecting their first child any day. Our middle child, Jenna (23), just got engaged to Dustin Hileman and will be married in September of 2016. Kalen, our youngest, is 21 and will be leaving for the Marines in October. We are extremely proud of our children!  
Last updated: 02/07/2017
Michelle Biggs's Profile
219-567-9741 ext. 1032
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!  
Haley Givens
219-567-9741 ext.1011
3rd Grade
219-567-9741 ext.1033
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!  
Last updated: 05/02/2017
Jennifer Byrne's Profile
219-567-9741 ext.1044
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 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.  
Last updated: 02/07/2017
Joy Schlatter's Profile
219-567-9741 ext. 1051
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 have 2 children: a boy, Timothy and a girl, Kayla.  
Last updated: 05/19/2017
Lorie Zellers's Profile
219-567-9741 ext. 1026
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.  
219-567-9741 ext.1063
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 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 15 years. My husband, Jonn, and I live in Francesville with our daughter, Sara, and son, Jonn.  
Last updated: 02/07/2017
Jessica Williams's Profile
Jessica Williams's Blog
219-567-9741 ext. 1061
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. 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 kids and enjoy scrap booking and bowling.  
219-567-9741 ext. 1016
  'Hi, I'm Lisa Zeyen. I am the Visual Arts teacher here at West Central Elementary, where I have been working since 2012. I also spend part of my day assisting students with special needs in Mrs. Rauch's classroom. After many years of being an artist and teaching private art lesson, I finally completed my teaching degree when I was 48 years old! I love seeing my students enjoying the act of creating and learning about art. I have 2 daughters, Sara and Claire. I live with my husband, Jon Simmermaker, in Winamac.'  
Cathy Risner
219-567-9741 ext.1038
Cafeteria Manager
Jill Shannon
219-567-9741 ext. 1053
Computer/Instructional Assistant
Sally Smidler
219-567-9741 ext.1041
ELL/Instructional Assistant
Last updated: 05/19/2017
Lindsay Hopkins's Profile
219-567-9741 ext. 1034
Guidance Counselor
  My name is Lindsay Hopkins. I started here at West Central in August 2010. I have been a Title 1 Instructional Assistant, a 3rd grade teacher, and this year I am teaching 2nd grade! I love working at West Central!  
Ron Schultz
219-567-9741 ext. 1087
Head Custodian
Paige Anliker
Instructional Assistant
Allison Carnahan
219-567-9741 ext. 1064
Instructional Assistant
Sheryl Fritz
Instructional Assistant
Doreen Gudeman
Instructional Assistant
Lisa Marlatt
Instructional Assistant
Jennepher Marrs
219-567-9741 ext. 1042
Instructional Assistant

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