4th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Hi!  I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Mrs. Dawn Allison and I have taught here at Southern Wells Elementary School for 29 years.  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Ball State University with a Kindergarten Endorsement and my Masters at IPFW. I have taught many grade levels throughout my years here at Southern Wells Elementary including 1st, 2nd, 4th, and enrichment Math classes.  I believe every child can learn; therefore I want to help each child reach their highest potential through meaningful learning experiences in the classroom. 

My hobbies and interests outside of school include reading, spending time with my family, traveling, and going to sporting events.  I reside in Northern Wells County with my husband, daughter, son, and pet dog, Bailey.
5th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Chase Anderson and I was born and raised here in Wells County.  I graduated from Bluffton High School in 2008 and continued my education at Indiana University where I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Education.  During the last semester of my time at Indiana University, I student taught under Mrs. Frazee here at Southern Wells.  The following year I was given the tremendous opportunity to be welcomed to the 5th grade staff at Southern Wells Elementary.  I also help in coaching Southern Wells Cross Country and Bluffton Swimming.  My philosophy about education is to establish a warm and healthy environment for students to not only learn the curriculum they need, but to also teach them as many life lessons for their future.
6th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mrs. Nikki Barcus. I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Ball State University with endorsements in Social Studies and Health Science and Safety. In addition, I hold an instructional license in Middle School Historical Perspectives (grades 5-9). I’ve also trained in professional writing at Taylor University and am a published writer.

The 2013-2014 school year is my first year as a full-time sixth-grade teacher with Southern Wells Elementary. My philosophy is that knowledge is power and wisdom is a life-long pursuit which brings richness to life and unlocks doors of opportunity. Every child deserves to be provided with the tools he/she needs for success--to make their very best contribution to the world. I believe in teaching the whole child, which is why I also include instruction in character-building, goal-setting, and social skills.

When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and supporting my three children in their activities, writing, reading, and photography.

Publications Secretary
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Elementary Art Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Hello, my name is Mrs. Susan Burgan.  I received both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees, in Art Education, from Ball State University.  I have been an Art Teacher for Southern Wells Elementary School since 1977.  As you can tell, I enjoy teaching and have taught many generations of children the joy of Art.

I believe all children have the ability to create, as well as be held accountable for their words and actions.

When I'm not in school, I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, family and friends.
6th Grade Teacher
Elementary Physical Ed Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Mr. Mike Carter and I am a Graduate from Southern Wells Community Schools. I received my Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and Health with a area major (K - 12) in 1980 from Taylor University.

I was awarded a Graduate Assistantship in 1980-1982 at Indiana State University teaching K - 6 physical education at the University Laboratory School, while working on my Masters in Adaptive Physical Education.  As I was attending Indiana State University, I was an associate athletic trainer at Depauw University working towards my Athletic Training Certificate.
I then worked at the Boone County Boys and Girls Club in Lebanon, Indiana 1982 as a physical director.  Was in charge of all the athletic programs and extracurricular activities. After that I was hired at the Boone County Boys and Girls Club in Lebanon, Indiana in 1983 as the Unit Director.  Was in charge of all programming for Boone County and was instrumental in creating the first boys and girls club in Zionsville, Indiana. I finished my Masters Degree in Education from Ball State University in 1987.
I was hired by Southern Wells Community Schools in 1985 as the Elementary Physical Education Instructor. I have held various coaching positions in football, basketball, and track. I was also the Athletic Director from 1986-1988. I currently coach Junior High Girls Basketball.

I am married to Jill Cline from Blackford County and have one son and two daughters. When I am not teaching, I enjoy doing anything that is in the outdoors.
6th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Deb Coleman.  I have a Bachelors Degree from Taylor University in Elementary Education/Special Education and a Masters Degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities.  I began my teaching career at Southern Wells Elementary in 1977.  As a life-long resident of the Southern Wells School District and a 1973 graduate of Southern Wells I consider it a privilege to be a part of the Southern Wells teaching staff.  My daily goal is to provide the support and instruction that my students need to be successful members of society.  In my classroom we work to be a "strong class"  made up of strong individuals who are willing to work toward high goals in all areas of life. 
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Kindergarten Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121

My name is Becca Frazee.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and minored in Kindergarten at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.  I started my teaching career with Jay School Corporation in 2000 and moved to Southern Wells Community Schools in 2001.  I have dedicated my professional career to Kindergarten for 13 years. 

I thoroughly enjoy my time teaching and helping my students succeed and watching them learn during the year.  I am very happy to be a member of the Southern Wells family.

I have a wonderful husband and a terrific daughter that is the joy of our lives. I love to travel and spend time with my family.

2nd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Peggy Haigh and I am the Southern Wells Title 1 Reading Specialist  I am certified in Reading Recovery, an ongoing development of knowledge and practice based on research, data, and the theoretical work of Marie Clay.  I have the privilege to work with students in grades 1 through 6 focusing on reading/language arts.  This is the second year I have been teaching in Title 1.  Previously I have been a second and third grade general classroom teacher for several years both here at Southern Wells and at Shoals Elementary School in Southern Indiana.  I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement from Ball State University in 1986.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to teach and also live in the Southern Wells' School district.  Reading is my passion, so teaching reading and language arts to kids all day gives me great joy!

I have been married to Mike Haigh for nearly 26 years and have 3 awesome kids.  I grew up in the OH/KY/IN tri-state area where I became a big Reds and Bengals fan.
2nd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Greetings from second grade! My name is Kim Huffman.  My husband and I both graduated from Southern Wells Community School.  I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education and my Masters in Education both from Ball State University.  During my teaching career, I have taught first, second, fourth, and sixth grades.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three sons. 
Music Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Jean Hughes - several may know me as Mrs. Bell from ten years ago and before.  I teach music to all elementary grade levels. 

I earned my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 1985 and was the last class president to give the commencement speech at Indiana Central University.  The next year the name was changed to the University Of Indianapolis.  I was editor of the university newspaper and president of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. My major instrument was classical guitar with minors in voice and percussion. 

I have been teaching at SW for almost 25 years and can't believe we don't have a pool yet as I was a record holder at both Blackford High and U. of I.

I have four children of my own and feel like your kids are MY kids - especially the ones who stick with choir through-out their educational careers.
Resource Room
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Hello, my name is Mrs. Kristi Cale Jenney.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Special Education and my Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from Ball State University.  I have been a teacher for Southern Wells School Corporations since 1991.  Prior to coming to Southern Wells I taught in a self-contained classroom for moderately mentally handicapped students.  I also worked at Jay-Randolph Developmental Services for eight years.  While there, I worked in adult day programming for mentally disabled, physically disabled, and chronically mentally ill for four years.  I then transferred to day programming for children.  In the preschool department, I worked with infants ages birth to 2 years old, and taught preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old.  I believe that learning can be fun and that all adults and children deserve the chance to learn.

I have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and browsing antique stores.
1st Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Kari Johnson and I am from Wells County. In 2011, I graduated from Bluffton High School and then pursued my degree in Elementary Education at Purdue University. Most of my teaching experiences have taken place in the Lafayette area. I am thrilled to be returning to my hometown to teach in a rural setting!

In my classroom, I strive to create a warm and supportive environment in which my students can learn and feel comfortable being themselves. When I am not teaching, I enjoy working on my family’s farm and spending time with loved ones.

Special Education Department
2nd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Mrs. Laura McKinney.  I am a 2nd grade teacher at Southern Wells Elementary.  I received my Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Ball State University.  

I have lived in Wells County all my life.  My class was the first Kindergarten class and the last 6th grade class at Petroleum Elementary School.  I graduated Southern Wells High School in 1979
Kindergarten Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Jane Meshberger  I went to Huntington College where I got my Teaching Degree.  Later, at Ball State University, I received a Masters Degree and a Kindergarten Endorsement.  I have taught at Southern Wells my whole career.  Over the years I have taught sixth grade, third grade, and kindergarten. I have seen kindergarten change from a half day program, to an all-day alternating program, to the current all day everyday program.  I enjoy working with the children, and parents that I meet each year.  

My husband, Jim, and I have six children (now grown), and 5 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading, quilting, gardening, farm animals, cooking, and church activities.  I believe that there's always something new to learn and that is what keeps each day interesting.
3rd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
I graduated from Ball State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Science in K-3 Education. After graduation, I moved to Orlando Florida and taught First grade for 1 year. Then I moved back to Indiana and took a Kindergarten teaching position working for FWCS at Bunche Montessori. I worked for FWCS for 6 years until I was offered a Kindergarten teaching position at Southern Wells Elementary in 2012. I worked as a Kindergarten teacher at Southern Wells for 1 year until I was offered a Third grade teaching position this year.

Aside from teaching, I am married and have 5 beautiful children.   

Kindergarten Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121

Hello, my name is Jill Mounsey. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  I have been teaching Kindergarten at Southern Wells Elementary for six years. I really enjoy teaching and getting the opportunity to watch the students grow throughout the year.

I am married and have two wonderful boys. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family and reading books.

3rd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Mrs. Denise Neff.  I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in education.  I substitute taught in Blackford County schools before starting to teach at Southern Wells Elementary in 1989.I have taught all grade levels except fifth grade and kindergarten.  When I am not at school my favorite past time is spending time with my family.  
4th Grade Teacher
5th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Mr. Bob Pace.  I earned my Bachelors of Education degree from Indiana University in 1979.  I received my Masters of Education from Indiana University in 1986.  I have been a teacher for 34 years, 32 at Southern Wells.  I coached Jr. High basketball for 24 years and have coached Jr. High cross country for the past 17 years.  I believe all children can learn if given a safe, warn and caring environment. 

I am married and have two children and two grandchildren.  I love the Yankees, Hoosiers and the Southern Well Raiders.
1st Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Hello, my name is Mrs. Amy Palmer.  I have a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master's degree from Ball State University.  I have spent my entire career at Southern Wells Elementary.  I have taught First Grade and Readiness, which was a transitional program for students between Kindergarten and First Grade.  My favorite part of teaching is when a child learns to love reading.

My husband and I, as well as our two sons and one daughter-in-law, all graduated from Southern Wells.  We believe it is a great community in which to live, work, and raise a family.  In my spare time, I enjoy shopping, gardening, reading and spending time with my three grand daughters and family!
5th Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121

Hello, my name is Mr. Ross Palmer.  I received my bachelors in Elementary Education from Anderson University.  This will be my 4th year of teaching.  I have taught in 5th grade for 2 years and 6th grade for 1 year.  I also coach the Varsity Boys Golf Team and I am an assistant for the Varsity Football Team.  I believe that all students can learn in a safe and caring environment.  I encourage students to give their best effort towards their academic success and enjoyment.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, and watching sports.

Elementary Principal
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Mission Statement
I am dedicated to ensuring that each child is provided with the highest quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
     Ball State University     1982
Master of Science in School Administration and Supervision
     Indiana University        1988

Cayuga Elementary School, Classroom Teacher                      1982-1983
Roanoke Elementary School, Classroom Teacher                    1984-1989
Churubusco Elementary School, Assistant Principal                 1989-1994
Churubusco Elementary School, Principal                                1995-1998
Smith-Green Community Schools,
                                          Director of Special Services           1995-1998
Lancaster Elementary School, Principal                                    1998-2012
Southern Wells Elementary School, Principal                            2012-Present

Hobbies and Interests
The two most important parts of my life are my faith and my family.  I enjoy traveling and spending time with my wife, son, and daughter.  On my own, I love to read, write, create computer graphics, draw, and learn about learning.  I also enjoy playing and watching sports, such as baseball, tennis, and golf.
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Resourse Room Support Staff
3rd Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
Hi! I am Mrs. Lisa Smith.  Following high school graduation from New Haven High School, New Haven, IN, I proceeded to Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  There I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Physical Education in 1980.  I returned to Ball State to complete my Maters of Arts in Education with an endorsement in Physical Education in July of 1985.  I began my teaching career at S.W.E.S in August of 1980.  My first year I taught fourth grade.  In 1981, I moved to third grade where I have continued my teaching career.  In addition to teaching, I have taught elementary gymnastics and elementary volleyball clinics.  I coached the high school gymnastics teams from 1980-85 and the jr. high school volleyball teams from 1981-2006. 

When I am not teaching, my family and I can often be found at a sporting, 4-H, or YFC events. We also enjoy walking on Siesta Key Beach in Florida. 
1st Grade Teacher
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
My name is Mrs. Abby Stallsmith.  I received my Bachelors of Science as well as my Masters in Education from Ball State University.  After graduation I worked as a substitute teacher in the Delaware County area.  I came to Southern Wells because I wanted a job in a small school setting.  I was hired for a First Grade position and have worked in First and Second grade ever since.  I have never regretted my decision to be part of this community.  I love the "family" feeling of our school.  

When I am not teaching, I spend time reading, scrapbooking, and playing with my grandson.
Office Phone: (765) 728-5537
Elementary Guidance
Office Phone: (765) 728-2121
All About Mrs. Workinger

I have a BS in Human Services with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Purdue University at IPFW.  I was distinguished with the honor of being a member of Tau Upsilon Alpha (honor society for Human Service majors) and Psi Chi (honor society for work in psychology).  I have many years of experience working with children in school settings. 

  *  Preschool teacher for children with behavioral and emotional disabilities
  *  Worked with victims of child abuse and neglect with SCAN
  *  Worked with Autistic Children doing ABA therapy at Adaptive ABA
  *  Worked with children with behavioral and emotional disablities through Park Center
  *  Behavioral assistant and provided guidance lessons to all students at Northwest Elementary
  *  Worked with high school students in Adams County with VOICE, Anti-tobacco coalition, and          SAAC (Substance Abuse Awareness Council)

I've been a waitress at The Galley in Decatur for ten years now.  I enjoy volunteering in my community and church.  I play table-top shuffle board in a women's league through my church.  I grew up and live in Adams County.  I enjoy reading, watching movies, riding our motor cycle, spending time with my husband, family and my dog, Hazel.

Find a passion in life and work hard to achieve your goal.  I knew in high school that I wanted to be a guidance counselor so I followed my passion, worked hard in school, got involved in my community, volunteered and I achieved my goal.  There are many things you need to achieve success (social skills, life skills, academic skills, hard work, and determination) and even if you are lacking in one area you can make up for it in other areas.
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