Junior High Boys’ Basketball Parent Meeting:
There will be an informational meeting for all boys in 7th and 8th grade interested in playing basketball this season. The meeting will be held in the Astoria Cafeteria on Thursday, October 5th at 6 pm. If your son plans on playing but you cannot make it to the meeting please contact Coach Nicks or Coach Cantu. The Remind group code is @sfjrhi
US History I (1492-1865)
US History II (1865-Present)
History Through Film
"I have been a teacher since 2019 at Astoria Junior High and I graduated from Western Illinois University in the same year. I have a passion for teaching history. I look at history as one big never-ending story with Action, Drama, Romance, Battles, and all the other fun things that make up a great story.
My favorite topics to teach are the American Civil War, World War 2, and Ancient Greece. "
Classes Teaching: 6-8 Science and 6th Grade Reading & Language
"After teaching 2nd grade here in Astoria for a decade, I got the chance of a lifetime! I get to teach SCIENCE for the better part of my day! I will still get to teach my STEAM Lab students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and have room for the projects we will be working on. This new adventure I hope will be as exciting for my students as it is for me! As a newly minted empty nester, I am more apt to call these students my own!"
6th Grade English and Reading
7th Grade English & Reading
8th Grade English, Reading, and Math
"I have been a special education teacher for 7 years - 5 of which has been in Astoria Junior High. I currently have my bachelors from SIU Carbondale in Special Education as well as my masters degree from ISU in Special Education. I also have a certificate in Curriculum Adaptation. I chose to become a teacher to make an impact in students' lives and show them that they are capable of so much more than they even know!"
7th Grade Math, 8th Grade Math, 7th Grade Language Arts, 8th Grade Language Arts
"I am originally from Minnesota where I earned my Bachelors in Psychology and Head Coaching Certification from the University of Minnesota. I worked in a couple of housing non-profits and volunteered for ministries, but for the most part I was a stay at home mom to my 5 kids. In 2019 I ventured back into the workforce and started teaching Drug and Alcohol Prevention classes to area Jr High students. I quickly fell in love with being in the classroom and wanted to be able to be in a school investing in students full time. I was able to get my teaching certification in Special Education from Blackburn College in 2021. I worked in Rushville for 2 years as an Elementary Special Education teacher. I am excited to be back working with Jr. High students. I love all things Psychology and Mental/Emotional Health so I am really excited about our SEL curriculum in Astoria."
6th Grade Math & 8th Grade Language Arts
"This is my 12th year teaching in Astoria. I began teaching at Astoria in 2012. I taught special education in the elementary for nine years before becoming the special education director in 2020. I currently teach 6th-grade math and 8th-grade language arts. I received my bachelor's degree and K-9 certificate in 2011 from Greenville University. I decided quickly that special education was my passion and returned to Greenville University with my master's degree in special education. In 2020, I attended National Louis University and earned my certification as a special education director. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach in a small school that allows me to explore my passions as both a special education director and a teacher."
"My name is Christy Quigley, I attended Spoon River College and Western Illinois University for my degree in Art Education. I am currently in my 6th year of teaching where I have tried to become a teacher who is a safe place for kids to explore creativity and enjoy being themselves! I look forward to exploring the world of art with everyone and seeing each of your kids' unique creativity flourish!"
K -8th Music
"I'm Shaina Thiner and I am so grateful to be able to teach in the district where I live with my husband and family. I graduated from Hannibal LaGrange College in 2009. I began teaching that fall as a tutor for a family living and working as missionaries in Haiti. I tutored their three kids and worked for the mission for six years before moving back to the U.S. and working in several different para- positions in the Macomb schools. I began teaching elementary music at VIT last year and loved it, so I am excited that I now get to do that in my hometown as well! Music is so dear to me and I look forward to helping each of the kids find joy in it in their own ways."
Classes Teaching: 6-8 PE and 7th Grade Health
"Greetings! My name is Mandy Friedrich and I am currently in my twenty-third year of teaching. I have a Bachelor's from MacMurray College in Physical Education, and a Masters' from Walden University. I am married, have one son, and reside in Havana. I spent 15 years teaching middle school health in Jacksonville, IL at Turner Junior High, which later became Jacksonville Middle School. I love the atmosphere of Astoria and really enjoy the small school experience."
"Hi! Mrs. Wesley here! This is my 16th year of teaching, and my 4th year at Astoria. I, myself, graduated from AHS in 1990.
I went on to graduate from SRC with my AA, and then onto SIU-C to graduate with a bachelor's in psychology in 1994. I went on to get a master's in educational psychology in 1998. I proceeded to begin working as a substitute teacher, and decided to go back to Illinois State University to get my teaching certificate and a master's in Special Education in 2002.
I have taught in Chicago, the south suburbs, and in Beardstown. I also spent 5 years working as a behavior specialist with adults with developmental disabilities. All of these adventures have conspired to bring me full circle, back to the place I started from, except now I get to go into the teachers' lounge!
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, read books, and drink coffee. I have a 6 year old daughter who goes to school here and is in first grade. My parents live just outside Summum, and it's great to have family so close by! I look forward to many years with my Astoria teaching family!"
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