Elementary School: Melode Borell is a first grade teacher, received her Associates from Sauk Valley Jr. College, Bachelor’s from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters from NIU. She has been with AFC for 35 years. She enjoys reading, sports, gardening and spending time with her grandkids. Her highlight with AFC is “having former students come back to see me. Also teaching the children of former students has been interesting.”
Debbie Bay is a second grade teacher who has taught for 24 years. She taught in Ashton form 1989-1990 and in Franklin Grove from 1990 til present. She received her BS in Education from WIU in 1989. She enjoys performing with her girls in LSSI shows and Seeing Stars. She also enjoys camping, snowmobiling and watching her girls in anything they do. Her greatest highlight with AFC is seeing my former students grow to be wonderful adults-as parents, workers, everything they do. Hearing that they are doing well is a great highlight.”
Middle School: Marcy Sanford is a fifth grade teacher who received her Master of Arts in Teaching at National Louis University. This is her fifth year teaching at AFC, but she worked as a teachers aide in the district prior to that. She enjoys singing, water skiing, and traveling. Her greatest highlight at AFC is “The students and staff.”
Trista Matson is a sixth grade teacher who has an A.S. from Sauk Valley Community College, a B.S. from NIU, and a M.S. from NIU. She has been teaching at AFC for 14 years. She enjoys sports: Raiders, Packers and the White Sox. Her greatest highlight at AFC has been “dancing at AFC Idol for the kids. Combining Ashton and Franklin Center and making new friends. Seeing my own children get a great education form caring teachers.”
Kim Penick is a math teacher who received a BS at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This is her 17th year teaching in the district. She enjoys cheering, watching kids sporting events and scrapbooking whenever she finds time. Kim’s greatest highlight with AFC is “when my husband and I moved here 17 years ago we knew no one! The communites have made us feel like this is a place where we can proudly raise our kids and call home, although you will never take the “Hawkeye” out of us.”
High School: John Taylor is an art teacher who received a BFA in Illustration from NIU and a M.S. In Education from NIU. This is his first year at AFC. He enjoys drawing, cartooning, hiking and watching movies. His greatest highlight so far has been “working on projects for homecoming.”
Jan Cupp is a PE teacher and the varsity girls volleyball coach. She received an AS from Sauk Valley Community College, a BS and Masters from NIU. She has been with AFC for 26 years. She enjoys all sports, acoustic guitar and loves the ocean. Her highlight with AFC has been “Students coming back to visit or writing letters to let me know how I impacted their lives.”
Remember if you see one of these teachers say thank you for all they do.