Pam Addams - Custodian
Elizabeth Antonacci - Social Worker
Hello! My name is Elizabeth Antonacci and this is my second year as the Social Worker at Grundy School. This is my sixth year as a School Social Worker. I previously worked in the Decatur, IL school district with students in preschool-8th grade. I attended Illinois State University for my Bachelors degree in Social Work and the University of Illinois for my Masters degree in School Social Work.
I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful district. I look forward to working with all of the students, parents, and staff in the Morton community.
Dawn Berg - Kindergarten Aide
I am Mrs. Berg and I have been working in Kindergarten for 3 years. I love watching students grow! I am the proud parent of 2 Grundy Gators and I have one daughter that attends the Junior High. I have been married to my husband, Aaron, for 15 years. In my free time we like to travel, hike, ski, attend sporting events...all kinds of fun! Thank you for letting me be a part of your childrens educational experience!
Amanda Derrick - RTI Aide
This will be my 8th year as a RTI reading aide at Grundy. My wonderful husband and daughter were both Grundy Gators. I enjoy my job and love seeing the students learn and grow every year. GO GATORS!
Candice Harvey - Intermediate Resource Teacher
This is my 10th year working as the intermediate resource teacher at Grundy School. I feel very blessed to have been hired into Morton schools right after receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education LBS1 from Illinois State University in 2006. I am grew up in Lockport, a southwest suburb of Chicago, but have lived in Bloomington since 2001. Outside of school, I love spending time with friends, family, and my French Bulldog, Harvey.
In 2011, I graduated from Illinois State University with my Masters Degree in Special Education. That same year, I also became the first special education teacher in the school district to become a National Board Certified Teacher. I have a strong belief that good teachers become great teachers through continuing their education and becoming lifelong learners. I actively seek out conferences to attend, professional literature to read, and other avenues to improve my teaching methods.
I have wanted to be a special education teacher since I was young. I have a cousin, Brian, who has autism. Even as a child, I remember playing with Brian and understanding that even though he may learn and communicate differently that he could still learn and communicate. I continued to reach for opportunities to gain experiences working with students with special needs by volunteering in the vocational program while in high school. I went into my freshman year at ISU knowing exactly what I wanted to do. After all these years, I know that being a special educator is my calling.
In my resource room, successes are measured in inches rather than feet. All achievements- big and small- are celebrated. I focus on the learning differences rather the disability. I have a commitment to teach to the whole child so they thrive cognitively, socially, emotionally, and civically.
Emily Hauter - RTI Aide
I have been working at Grundy since 2009 as an RTI reading aide and I love my job! My husband and I have three kids, live in Morton and attend Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Leslie Householter - Second grade Aide
This is my 13th year working as an aide at Grundy. I love watching the children grow from grade to grade, and from semester to semester as they learn. I love putting my Elementary Ed. Bachelors degree from ISU to work.
I am married to Bob, 32 years at Pumpkin Festival time, and have 3 children. All were Grundy Gators at one time. Laurel, 27, Greg, 24, and Erika, 21. My husband works at Grimm Chevrolet, and keeps our fleet of cars running.
When I have a moment I enjoy reading, gardening and cheering for my beloved CUBS!!
Holly Manthey - Intermediate Resource Aide
My name is Holly Manthey, and I am thrilled to be here for my second year at Grundy. I am originally from the Peoria area, but graduated with my Bachelor's degree in education from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. I have two boys here at Grundy, and we, along with my husband and our dog Lily, have lived here in Morton for just over a year now. We are so excited to be a part of the Grundy family!
Michelle Paulson - Intermediate Resource Aide
Staci Petersen - Intermediate Resource Aide
My name is Staci Petersen. This is my fourth year working at Grundy as a Resource Aide. I love working with the children and seeing the glimmer of excitement they get when they understand a new concept. I live in Morton with my husband Brad and our daughter Emily who attends MJHS. In my free time I enjoy volunteering at church, shopping, playing board games, and doing jigsaw puzzles.
Pam Riddle - 1-on-1 Aide
Dwight Schuck - Head Custodian
Lori Simpson - Primary Resource Aide
This is my 15th year working in the district. I attended the University of Illinois where I earned both a Secondary Education Degree in Social Sciences/Communications, as well as, an Elementary Teaching Degree. Over the past 15 years, I have been a trust aide, instructional aide, resource aide, and 1st grade teacher. I have been married for 26 years and have 4 children, two who are married and one wonderful granddaughter! We are a foster family and enjoy volunteering as a family at various community locations. Grundy is a wonderful place to work and I enjoy helping provide an outstanding education to all of the children who come through the doors! Go Gators!
Leanne Sommer - First grade Aide
My husband Matt and I were blessed to move from Peoria (where we were both born and raised) to Morton two years ago. We have found Morton to be a friendly, clean, family-oriented community and we love it here! We have been married over thirty years, have a daughter Megan, and two grandchildren, Abby and Nathan.
I have worked off and on in the education field and find working at Grundy in first grade to be a real joy. I look forward to coming to school every day.
My hobbies include reading and cooking. Matt and I also enjoy taking day trips on the weekends.
Anita Stidman - RTI Aide
My name is Anita Stidman and I am the reading RTI aide for Kindergarten and First Grades, providing assessment, small group, and one-on-one instruction. I received my Bacherlor's Degree in Elementary Education from Bradley University in 1994. I taught Kindergarten at Peoria Christian School for 5 years before becoming a stay at home Mom. I came to Grundy in 2010 and became the reading aide in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and our two children, Luke and Alison, who are former Grundy Gators. My mission for students is that they will develop a love for reading that will last a life time.
Holly Toraason - Primary Resource Teacher
Welcome to Resource!
The Primary Resource is a special education program for K-4th grade. The program offers direct instruction and collaboration instruction at the student’s individual learning need. Instruction may be given at an individual level, as a small group, or within the general education classroom.
I began my teaching career in 2000. I have taught in the Morton schools since 2004. I earned my bachelor's degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from SIUC. I also earned my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
It is my mission for my students to become lifelong learners and use the tools to be the best they can be!
Carol Vance - Third grade Aide
This is my fourth year at Grundy Elementary School, and I am so happy to be a part of this great school. In 1986 I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English Education from Millikin University. After teaching junior high school English for eight years, I left to stay home with our first child. He graduated from Bradley University in May 2017 and is serving with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) on the campuses of ICC and Bradley. Our daughter is a student at ISU, majoring in Special Education. My husband works at Caterpillar, and we reside in rural Groveland. I enjoy reading, taking care of my family, and serving in my church.
Kelly Webb - Speech and Language Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology Services encompass such activities as:
* Screening, diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech and language impairments;
* Identification of children with speech and/or language impairments;
* Referral and follow-up for medical or other professional attention necessary for the habilitation of speech and language impairments;
* Planning and developing interventions and programs for children or youth with speech and language impairments;
* Counseling and guidance of parents, children, and teachers regarding speech and language impairments.
Mrs. Webb began her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2012. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University. This is her fifth year as Grundy Elementary's Speech-Language Pathologist. Prior to working in Morton, she worked in Peoria, providing speech therapy services to students in grades 2-8. She lives in East Peoria with her husband and has one young daughter, Ella. In her spare time, Mrs. Webb loves to read and spend time her family. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children and families in Morton!
Jennifer Wilson - Primary Resource Aide
This is my 4th year at Grundy Elementary working in the Resource Room. I am the mother of 3 wonderful children. I am lucky enough to have one student in high school, junior high and here at Grundy. My husband, Kevin, works for the Village of Morton. I love being a Grundy Gator!