New CHS Press staff

Pictured left to right: Mrs. Jess Howell, Mr. Daniel Thompson, Mr. Ben Oakley, Mrs. Chelsie Doughty. Not pictured: Mr. John Wengerski.

A new school year is exciting for students and teachers, and this year there are new teachers for a variety of classes at Charleston High School. The teachers all have unique stories and are excited for the current school year. Ben Oakley, Chelsie Doughty, Jess Howell, Daniel Thompson, and John Wengerski are some of the new staff at CHS.

Band is an important group to CHS, and Mr. Wengerski replaces Mrs. Cruit. He attended EIU from 2015 to 2019 and earned a Bachelor’s in Music with a teacher certification. Mr. Wengerski is dedicated to conducting and score study due to his experience in high school band.

Mr. Thompson is teaching current world issues in the Social Studies department. His class focuses on recent global events along with an emphasis on group discussions.

The Agriculture department is now headed up by Mr. Oakley, who teaches many classes such as horticulture. After graduating from CHS, he attended Lake Land College for two years, then transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Mrs. Howell has an Illinois special education certification and attended EIU to complete all of her education. At CHS, she teaches business, math, consumer math, pre-algebra, social skills, and life skills. She loves her profession because her students are optimistic and inspire her. Ms. Howell is fascinated by nature and enjoys how intricate it is.

The science rooms at CHS are being renovated, which will help the entire science department, including new teacher Mrs. Doughty, who has taught at CHS since 2011. She’s now teaching three courses at CHS: biology one, honors biology, and anatomy and physiology. She received her degree from EIU in secondary education with biology with a minor in chemistry.

The 2019-2020 school year will be wonderful with new staff, who will improve the school atmosphere with their distinctive perspectives.

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