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Last updated: 11/09/2017
Sharon Adams's Profile
Sharon Adams's Blog
 
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Music
Hello! My name is Sharon Adams, and I'm the elementary music teacher at West Central. I'm a mother to 5 wonderful children, an avid musician outside of school, and I love working with kids. I teach general music and also direct the elementary school choir.  
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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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
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!  
Last updated: 12/11/2017
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.  
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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Library/Media Director
Hi, I'm Alicia Cotner. This is my 4th year here at West Central.In the past I've taught 1st grade for 2 years and 4th grade for 8 years. I really enjoy my time in the library now. I've been married to my husband, Josh, for 7 years. We have a 4 year old daughter, Caroline. She is such a joy to watch grow and learn.  
 
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Kindergarten
I have been teaching at West Central since 1987. I received my Bachelor's Degree at Indiana State University and my Masters Degree at Purdue University. I live in Brookston with my husband Billy. I have two children, Ian and Emma (husband Tyler). I taught the Transition Room for 11 years and now am teaching Kindergarten. It is a fun age to teach!  
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.  
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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Instructional Assistant
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
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.  
 
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Speech (part-time)
 
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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!  
 
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Special Needs/Title I Teacher
Hello! I have taught at West Central Elementary since 2007. Most of my day is spent providing support in class for special education students. My three children, my husband and I are happily settled in the Francesville area.  
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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Instructional Assistant
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Dianna Maxwell's Profile
 
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Kindergarten
My husband and I have resided in rural Francesville since 1979. We have two adult daughters and enjoy being grandparents to two grandsons. After my daughters were in elementary school full time, I enrolled at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and graduated Summa Cum laude in 1993 with a BS. Ed. Degree. I was the 2006 West Central Teacher of the Year and one of ten finalists for the 2006 Indiana Teacher of the Year. My favorite activities are family times, reading nonfiction books and tending to my perennial flower garden. Every day I challenge myself to complete the crossword puzzle in the Lafayette Journal and Courier newspaper.  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Jennifer Mellon's Profile
Jennifer Mellon's Blog
 
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Speech (part-time)
Hi, my name is Jennifer Mellon. I am currently working 2 days a week as a Speech-Language Pathologist in elementary, middle, and high school settings. I live in Francesville with my husband and 3 children.  
 
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School Nurse
Hello, I am Arlene Metzger- I really enjoy my job as being the School Nurse for grades K-12. I married my high school sweetheart, Dave. We have had 5 children (2 little girls in heaven). Our children are WC graduates as well. We love spending time with 10 grandchildren.  
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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PE
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Courtney Rausch's Profile
Courtney Rausch's Blog
 
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Special Needs
Hi! I am Mrs. Rausch and currently am teaching Special Education. I am a West Central High School graduate. I attended college at Indiana Wesleyan and later earned my Masters at Walden University. I have 11 years of teaching experience. I have taught 2 years at Mississinewa and 5 years at MSD of Wabash County. While at MSD I was the girls varsity basketball coach at Northfield Jr- Sr High School for four years. At West Central, I am a co-sponsor for the elementary Student Council and coaching 7th grade volleyball. I am married to Matt. He is a farmer and has a trucking company. We enjoy playing sand volleyball, Purdue basketball games, and time with our families. I have two wonderful parents who raised me on a farm. I also have three sisters, Ashley, Kayley, and Riley, and three nephews and five nieces. Spending time with friends, enjoying the outdoors, gardening, and cooking are all activities I enjoy when away from school.  
 
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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!  
 
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Cafeteria Manager
 
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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.  
 
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Head Custodian
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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Computer/Instructional Assistant
 
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Office Staff
Hi! I am Lori Skalon, I graduated from West Central and I have worked at West Central since 1990. I have been an aide, lunch clerk and for the last 20 years I have been the Attendance Secretary. My husband Dewayne and I have 2 kids, Thomas and Kylie, a daughter in law Amber and 3 grandkids Reagan, Huxley and Finn.  
 
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ELL/Instructional Assistant
 
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3rd Grade
I've been a classroom teacher at West Central since 2016. I grew up in Walkerton, IN and live with my husband in Rensselaer.  
Last updated: 11/08/2017
Suzanna Wilcoxon's Profile
Suzanna Wilcoxon's Blog
 
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Instructional Assistant
 
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Pool Director
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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Office Staff
Hello! I'm Connie Wuethrich. I live in Francesvile with my husband Kevin. I graduated from West Central. Our 3 daughters (Kara, Kristy, and Kaitlyn) also graduated from here. And now I get to see some of my grandchildren go to West Central. I love working with all the parents and children here. I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to work here at West Central Elementary!  
Last updated: 11/08/2017
Lorie Zellers's Profile
 
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4th Grade
I love teaching! 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 and have two boys, Greg and Shawn. I also have a cat. I love being on the computer, reading magazines, and gardening.  
 
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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.'  
Last updated: 08/17/2017
Dan Zylstra's Profile
Dan Zylstra's Blog
 
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Principal
I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Prior to becoming the principal at West Central, I taught music in the Hammond Public School system. To prepare for my role as a teacher and administrator, I received my B.A. in Music Education from Dordt College, an M.Ed from the University of Illinois in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.S. from Indiana University. I love being a part of the West Central community. I'm not just proud to work here, but I'm also proud to live in Francesville with my wife and kids. In my spare time I play the piano, guitar, and read incessantly.