I’m Callie Avon, and I’m a teacher at Hillis Elementary! My husband and I have a daughter named Leah and a son named Oliver. I enjoy riding my bike, spending time with my family and teaching! I have high expectations for all of my students. I look forward to building relationships with my students and watching them grow throughout the year.
Colleges Attended: Kansas Wesleyan University, Baker University
Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree
Years of Experience: 7
Years at Hillis: 3
Original Hometown: Salina, Kansas
High School Attended: Salina Central
My name is Sue Gilbert. I use Cooperative Learning in my classroom. I believe students learn not just from me, but from each other.
Colleges Attended: Indiana University and St. Thomas University
Highest Degree Earned: Master Degree
Years of Experience: 26
Years at Hillis: 11
Original Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
High School Attended: Northrop High School- “Go Bruins!”
Biography: Hello! My name is Jan (pronounced “yawn” like when you’re tired), and I started at Hillis helping 4th grade in April, but will be officially starting 2nd grade this school year. I cannot explain how excited I am to have my own class. The biggest aspects of my life are my family, friends, and soccer. If I am not experiencing all three of those at once, at least one is present. I also enjoy riding my bike around the various trails in Iowa, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.
Colleges Attended: University of Iowa (bachelors), Drake (masters)
Highest Degree Earned: Masters
Endorsements: Reading & ELL
Years of Experience: First one!
Years at Hillis: 3 months
Original Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina
High School Attended: Roosevelt