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Mrs. Buhring

I have been teaching at Westchester Intermediate for fifteen years.  I attended Indiana University where I got my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.  I also received my Master's Degree from Indiana Wesleyan.  Throughout my time at WIS, I have taught Math, Science, and Social Studies.  I currently teach 5th grade Math and Science.

I love spending time with my family.

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Mrs. Calvert

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and my Master’s degree in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. I previously taught at Clinton Central Elementary in Michigantown, Indiana, and Frank H. Hammond Elementary and James B. Eads Elementary in Munster, Indiana. I have been teaching at Westchester Intermediate School since 2002.  I also sponsor the Spell Bowl team.  

 I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, playing cards and board games. 

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Mr. Jason Conway

Education has always been and continues to be important to Mr. Conway and his family.  His parents were both educators, and he feels that part of who he is today is a direct result of having grown up in that environment.   Mr. Conway appreciates all the work that the students, parents, and teachers put into our children's education, and he always looks forward to working with our Westchester families.

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Mrs. Darnell

I graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. With this degree I can teach Historical Perspectives, Psychology, and Government and Citizenship. During the 2012-13 school year, I earned my Elementary Generalist certification through Marian University, giving me the ability to also teach grades K-6.  Prior to beginning my teaching career, I was an aide for five years at both Brummitt Elementary and Westchester Intermediate. I began teaching 5th grade at Westchester Intermediate in 2014. I currently teach English Language Arts. 

I have been married to my husband (Roy) since 2006. We have two boys, Myles (13) and Cooper (9). During my spare time, I enjoy visiting the beach and many of the nearby parks, as well as hiking, camping, and traveling. 

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Mr. Folliard

I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Saint Xavier University in 2008.  Previously, I taught grades 3-6 in Chicago. My family and I moved to Chesterton 3 years ago, and I look forward to working at Westchester Intermediate School.  I am teaching 5th Grade ELA this year.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my wife and daughter.  We like to be outdoors and enjoy Coffee Creek Preserve, the Dunes, and biking the trails.

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Mrs. Guess

 I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University in 2015. I then went on to earn my Master's degree in Math Education from Ball State University in 2021. I have spent my entire seven-year teaching career at Westchester Intermediate School. I also coach the Westchester Intermediate School Robotics teams.

 In my free time, I love reading, traveling, playing and watching sports, and spending time with my family!

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Mrs. Mitchell

I have lived in Chesterton for most of my life.  I was lucky enough to live in North Carolina for four years while my husband served in the Air Force, but we decided to move back to the area to raise our children.  I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Purdue University North Central and my Master’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan.  I have taught both fifth and sixth grade at Westchester Intermediate School.  

I currently teach fifth grade Social Studies and Language Arts. I also sponsor the WIS Spell Bowl team and work on the yearbook.  

I enjoy reading and going for walks in my free time.

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Mrs. Morrow

I am thrilled to be joining the faculty at Westchester Intermediate School as a 5th grade English Language Arts teacher. I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Evansville. I taught 4th grade at Kankakee Valley Intermediate School for 2 years, and spent 9 years as a Special Education teacher at Kankakee Valley High School.
 
Outside the classroom, I am a proud mother of two wonderful children, Braelynn and Wyatt, who both enjoy playing sports and raising pigs and sheep on our family farm. I have been married to my husband (Kyle) since 2012 and in my free time, I enjoy landscaping and coaching softball.

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Mrs. Schmiegel

Mrs. Schmiegel earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University. She served as an aide in Indianapolis prior to becoming a sixth grade instructional aide for Westchester. In 2018, she became a full-time teacher here at Westchester, where she teaches fifth grade math.

Mrs. Schmiegel was born and raised in Indianapolis, but she loves living so close to Lake Michigan. Her two children both graduated from Chesterton High School and were involved in many of the school-sponsored activities. In her spare time she enjoys reading, swimming, graphic design, and golfing with friends and family.

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Mrs. Steinbeck

After graduating from Purdue with my degree in Elementary Education, I came back to Duneland Schools where I have spent all 22 years of my career.  Having started out teaching third grade, I moved to WIS in 2001 when it transitioned to an intermediate school.  I've taught every subject in both fifth and sixth grade.  I currently teach fifth grade Science and Health.

I love to be outdoors, especially in the woods.  I tend to spend my free time running or hiking.  I never leave home without a book in my bag.

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