Mrs. Christine Lehnen, Principal
Mrs. Christine Lehnen is beginning her second year as Principal at Glenwood Middle School. She was previously an Assistant Principal/Special Education Coordinator at Glenwood High School, and before that, she was a Special Education Teacher, and Coordinator for Ball-Chatham. After graduation from Monmouth High School, she went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Monmouth College, and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from ISU.
Mrs. Lehnen says the best part about being in education is working with students and their families as well as coming alongside amazing colleagues to assist students in their educational journey. “Being able to help students and staff reach their goals, gain confidence in their own abilities, and celebrate their successes is a reward that is immeasurable,” she says.
Mrs. Lehnen also believes there are challenges in education today, particularly, “To always remain current in our instructional practices to meet the needs of a student population that continues to change in the way that they learn and then to make those skills relevant in the community to which they will contribute after they graduate.”
She is married to Trevor, and together they have four children: Sydney, Luke, Katelyn, and Blake. On her own time, she enjoys attending her kids’ sporting events, working in her yard, and spending time with her family.
Steve Rembusch, Assistant Principal
Mr. Steve Rembusch has been named Assistant Principal at Glenwood Middle School. He previously served as Assistant Principal at Chatham Elementary School beginning in 2013 and prior to that, as an elementary teacher for nine years. He began his career in Eagar, Arizona where he taught fifth grade. From there he came home to Chatham to teach fourth grade and coach varsity football. He has been employed by the District for 13 years, but has been a part of the district since he was in second grade.
Mr. Rembusch graduated from Glenwood High School in 1998, and says he is very excited to continue being a part of such a wonderful district. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education through Eastern Illinois University and earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership through The American College of Education.
Mr. Brad Kyes, Assistant Principal
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Brad Kyes, as Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School and Glenwood Middle School at their April 29, 2020 meeting. He began on July 1, 2020. Mr. Kyes received his Bachelor of Science in History Education from Illinois State University in 2001 and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In 2018, Mr. Kyes earned his second Master of Science degree in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on ELL from the University of St. Francis.
Mr. Kyes comes to the Ball-Chatham School District from Springfield High School where he served as a teacher from 2008-2018 and then served as an administrative intern for the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years. He was also the guidance counselor for the seniors, class of 2020. During his time at Springfield High School he has served in many leadership roles such as the AVID Site Coordinator, SAT Site Coordinator, the NCAA Site Administrator, and the PBIS Coach and Co-Coordinator for the “Be A Senator” Program.
About his profession, he says he enjoys working with students to help them achieve success and prepare them for life after high school. “It is rewarding assisting a student as they reach their full potential, especially when their dreams about their future come true,” says Kyes. “I also see one of the major challenges in education today is funding from state and federal governments to allow our staff and students to receive all of the materials and technology possible to achieve their greatest potential for success. The other major challenge is school safety. It is my number one priority to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for all students,” he says.
Brad is married to Jessieca, and they have three children: Delaney, Zoey, and Payton. On his own time, he coaches his two daughters’ competitive soccer clubs. He also enjoys spending time with his extended family and friends.
Ms. Ashley Hinds, Special Education Administrator
Ms. Ashley Hinds has been named Special Education Administrator at GIS and GMS. She had previously served the Ball-Chatham School District as a speech-language pathologist for the past 12 years, six of those years have been with Glenwood Middle and High School.
Ashley graduated from Sacred-Heart Griffin High School, then attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. After that, she attended Saint Louis University where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently enrolled in courses at St. Francis University to obtain her Director of Special Education Endorsement.
About her chosen profession, she says: “I have the best job in the world. I get to work with students and staff every day in order to help them become the best that they can be. I enjoy working with students and families in order to help guide programs that are specific to that student’s needs. My goal is for all of my students to be successful in life, whatever path they may take.”
She has a similar, upbeat attitude about the challenges she faces in her profession. “Challenges are just speed bumps along the way. These are times when we can grow the most. I find that in times of challenges, we must be creative in coming up with programs and solutions that meet the students' needs. Challenges that require times of creativity made be caused by a deficit in time, money, or resources.”
Ashley has a 10-year-old daughter, Sophia, with whom she loves to run, go to the drive-in movies, and watch their garden grow!!
On her own time, she enjoys volunteering at her church in their preschool program and during their Vacation Bible Blast. She says she also really enjoys working with adults with special needs after they graduate from high school.