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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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Mr. Burke

I received my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Education in 2000 and my Master's Degree in Special Education in 2008, both in the state of Massachusetts where I grew up. I have taught at Westchester Intermediate School for the past ten years since I moved to Indiana.  For the first seven years of that time, I was a special education teacher (for PCES) and taught both direct and co-taught 5th/6th grade Language Arts, as well as Math classes. I added a MS Math license back in 2019 when I switched over to teaching general education. I am the Student Assistance Team Chair at WIS and one of the B.I.O.N.I.C (Believe It Or Not I Care) club leaders. I also coach Run Club in the spring. I currently teach both co-taught and general education 5th grade Language Arts.

I enjoy running, reading, hiking, knitting, and spending time with my family. The newest addition to my family includes 4 hilarious pet chickens.

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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. Previously I 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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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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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. Karagiannakis

I have a Bachelor's degree  in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Curriculum Development and Design.  My alma maters are Indiana University and Indiana Wesleyan University.  Throughout my career I have had the privilege to teach a variety of levels, including grades 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. I also served as a Media Technology Specialist.  This is my seventeenth year in Duneland and my twentieth year teaching.  Most of my Duneland career was spent at Liberty Elementary.  Currently I am a 5th grade ELA teacher at WIS.  

I enjoy reading, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.

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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. 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 across 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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Ms. Sutton

I have been teaching for fifteen years at Westchester.  I have taught 6th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. I have coached softball and intramural basketball. I currently work with Mrs. Schmiegel as our student council sponsor.

I enjoy hanging out with my kids at Indiana Beach and going camping in my free time.

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