Contact information listed for each teacher. Feel free to contact us by email or by phone through the office.
The teachers for 6 Black have Team Planning Time on Wednesdays from 10:50-11:35. This is a great time to call or meet with the teachers as a group. Please contact the advisory teacher or office to arrange a meeting during this time if needed. 651-8800
Meet the Teachers
Mrs. Carlson has been obsessed with reading and writing since she was a child. Her mother would not make her do chores if she would read to her younger siblings. Quite the deal for her! She lives in Edwardsville with her husband, John and her black Lab, Lucy (the sweetest and most intelligent dog on the planet). Her favorite activities are spending time with her children Megan and Sean, reading, writing, and walking Lucy on the trails in Edwardsville.
Mrs. Robin Carlson English Language Arts Team 6B firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Dena Geiger loves to design and build most anything, so teaching math is a natural fit. She and her husband, Jake, farm between Alhambra and Grantfork. Besides raising crops and hogs, they have raised three daughters – Sadie, a crop consultant with CPS, Claire, an ag teacher and FFA advisor at Nokomis High School, and Olivia, who is currently a civil engineering master’s student at U of I. Mrs. Geiger enjoys sewing, woodworking, gardening, and cooking, along with leading the Grant Prairie 4-H Club and volunteering at the Madison County Fair.
Mrs. Dena Geiger Math Team 6B email@example.com
Mrs. Karen Nave grew up on a dairy farm near Trenton. This upbringing led to a love of science and the outdoors. She and her husband, Bob, have two children, Jessica and Troy. Extra time is spent at soccer games, zumba, with her horses, and working on landscaping.
Mrs. Karen Nave Science Team 6B firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Taylor is an avid traveler; during her time off she enjoys seeing the world. Her favorite destinations have been Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, and Hawaii. She enjoys learning about the culture and history of each place she visits and bringing that new information into the classroom. When Mrs. Taylor is not traveling, she is spending her time with her husband Evan and their two dogs (Milo and Lucy), reading, or working with technology. Mrs. Taylor taught junior high for 4 years before coming to Highland Middle School. She has also worked at McKendree University and Greenville University in instructional design and technology. She is excited to bring her passion for history and technology to Highland Middle School.
Education: BS in Business Administration from SIUE, MA in Teaching, with a LBS1 endorsement from Greenville College.
Ms. Ponce has worked for Highland Community Schools for 15 years as a substitute teacher, Program Assistant, and a Special Education Teacher at Alhambra Primary. She grew up in Highland and has three grown children Brenden, Mitchell, and Amanda. Ms. Ponce enjoys spending time with her kids and watching her daughter play college basketball at Maryville University. In her free time she likes making and canning salsa and jams.
Ms. Lana Ponce Special Education Team 6B email@example.com
Ms. King has many years of teaching experience with students at the kindergarten through post secondary level in the states of Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Illinois. She has been working with students who learn differently for the last 8 years. She has two daughters, Danica is an emergency room nurse at Christian Hospital in St Louis and Hattie is studying Fashion Design while living and working in Los Angeles. Although she has moved around the country for the last 30 years, she is so happy to be back home, in Southern Illinois, among family and life-long friends. In her free time she enjoys camping with her boyfriend, Buddy, spending time with her family and friends, and traveling to new places.
Ms. Shelly King Special Education Team 6B firstname.lastname@example.org
B.A., Special Education Major, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2002 M.Ed., Elementary education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2009 I began my teaching career at Highland Middle School in 2002. I have taught special education since 2003. My husband’s name is Chris and he works at Cooper B-Line in Troy. We have three children: Trent, Madelyn, and Brayden. Outside of school I enjoy exercising, shopping, reading, and spending time with my family.
Mrs. Amanda Holcmann Special Education Team 6B email@example.com