Meet Our New Administrators!
Clockwise, left to right: Dr. Becca Lamon, Caitlyn Moody, Steve Rembusch, DeAnna Johnson, Kendall Gibson, Jeffrey Rieck, Nick Sloman, Brad Kyes, Ben Kwedar, and John Fletcher
Dr. Becca Lamon, Superintendent
Dr. Lamon was named Superintendent at the Ball-Chatham Board of Education’s meeting on February 24, 2022, and officially began her duties on June 27. Dr. Lamon had previously served as assistant superintendent at East Noble School Corporation in Kendallville, Indiana for the past 11 years. She has also taught courses as an adjunct professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Dr. Lamon is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Since then, she has earned a master’s from Butler University and a doctorate from Purdue University. In addition, she has expanded her educational background by participating several years in the ASCD Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy in Washington D.C. in order to work with federal legislators on pressing education issues and school reform; and most recently served as a member of the fifth cohort of Butler University’s EPIC (Educators Preparing Inspired Change) program.
She is married to Ward, and they have a son, Morgan, who is a student at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. They also have a Bernedoodle, Millie. “I am honored to become a part of the Ball-Chatham staff and community,” says Dr. Lamon. “I find fulfillment from working with teams of skilled, motivated, and caring individuals who work tirelessly to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. I know that I am joining a district which possesses a focus on the needs of every student and a student-first philosophy. I look forward to continuing this tradition while collaborating with the many great stakeholders of the Ball-Chatham district to help us excel as we move forward.”
Caitlyn Moody, Director of Athletics/Title IX Compliance Officer
Mrs. Caitlyn Moody was named Director of Athletics/Title IX Compliance Officer for the Ball-Chatham School District at the Board of Education’s April 27th meeting.
Caitlyn’s name may be familiar to many Titans - she graduated from Glenwood High School in 2008 and was a stand-out athlete in both soccer and basketball. She earned All-Central State Eight Conference honors in basketball as a senior during the 2007-08 season, and was inducted into the Glenwood Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of the 2005 Girls Soccer Team for their 3rd place State finish in 2004.
Caitlyn graduated in 2012, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, earning her Bachelor of Science in Education - Physical Education K-12 degree. In 2014, she earned her Master of Science in Sports Management degree from Missouri Baptist University, also graduating Summa Cum Laude.
She returns to Ball-Chatham after serving at Illinois College for the past nine years. She began her career at IC in 2013 as the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, then moved into the role of Asst. Director of Athletics for Internal Operations. Most recently, she served as Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations for IC.
“I have seen first-hand the impact of a Ball-Chatham education paired with the importance of middle and high school athletics, and the effect it can have on an individual,” says Caitlyn. “The experience I have gained has prepared me to take the next step in my athletic administration journey, and I cannot think of a better situation then to be back in the Ball-Chatham School District.”
The interview committee was impressed with her strong leadership skills, experience with Title IX, and demonstrated ability to lead teams. These skills will serve her well as Director of Athletics.
Steve Rembusch, Principal, Chatham Elementary School
Mr. Steve Rembusch has been named Principal at Chatham Elementary School. From 2019 to 2022, he served as an Assistant Principal at Glenwood Middle School. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Principal at Chatham Elementary School beginning in 2013. He started his teaching career in Eagar, Arizona where he taught fifth grade. From there he came home to Chatham to teach fourth grade and coach football. He has been employed by the District for 15 years.
Mr. Rembusch graduated from Glenwood High School in 1998. 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.
His wife, Holly, is the Assistant Principal at Ball Elementary School. Together they have two daughters, Kaley and Kinsley. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with his family and friends. “I have been a student, a teacher, a coach, an administrator, and a parent in the Ball Chatham School District. I am extremely proud to be a Titan and I look forward to my new position as Principal at Chatham Elementary School” he says.
DeAnna Johnson, Assistant Principal, Chatham Elementary School
Mrs. DeAnna Johnson was named Assistant Principal at Chatham Elementary School at the Board of Education’s April 27th meeting.
Mrs. Johnson’s career began with Peoria Public Schools, where she taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. She has also served as an Academic Interventionist, and most recently as a School Improvement Coach with Springfield Public Schools.
DeAnna graduated high school from Richwoods High School in Peoria, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Western Governors University in 2013. She returned to Western Governors University to obtain her Masters in Educational Leadership, which was conferred in 2021.
About her profession, she says she loves building relationships and connecting with students, staff, and the community. “It is through these relationships that we are able to support learning for the whole child and set our students up for success,” she says. “The best part of this profession is witnessing the growth that we see in our students every year.”
She also believes that there is a strong need for educators to be strategic in finding ways to support learning loss/gaps and social-emotional needs that have come to the forefront in recent years. “This challenge calls for us to think outside the box and is where relationship building has a strong impact.”
DeAnna is a Peoria Foundation Grant recipient, and also received an Excellence Award in Strategic Planning for Educational Leaders from Western Governors University.
She and her husband, Steve, have two children - Kelsi (24) and Nick (14). They also have a dog named Captain Rogers.
On her own time, she is an avid reader and a DIY enthusiast. When not reading or creating, she enjoys spending time with family, camping, traveling, and watching Chicago Bears football!
Kendall Gibson, Assistant Principal, Glenwood Middle School
Mr. Kendall Gibson was named Assistant Principal, Glenwood Middle School, at the Board of Education’s April 27th meeting.
Mr. Gibson previously taught math at GMS. He also served as the GHS Freshman Boys Basketball coach, GMS Assistant Football Coach, and GMS Boys Basketball Head Coach.
He graduated from Sesser-Valier High School, Sesser, Illinois in 2010, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois College in 2014. He completed his graduate studies from the American College of Education in 2020.
About the education field, he says he likes to work with students to help them reach their goals and potential best. He also enjoys working with other educators who have the same passion as he does.
Kendall is married to Madelyn, who teaches Physical Education at Glenwood Elementary School. Together they have one child, Blakely, who is one year old.
On his own time, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching/playing sports, watching different TV series, and traveling to Nashville to spend time with his family.
Jeff Rieck, Assistant Principal, Glenwood Middle School
Mr. Jeffrey Rieck was named Assistant Principal, Glenwood Middle School, at the May 25, 2022 Board of Education meeting.
Mr. Rieck previously taught science, and was head varsity track coach (boys) and head varsity wrestling coach at Westville High School. Prior to Westville, he taught science, and was the head varsity wrestling coach for Champaign Centennial High School. He was also a Golden Ruler Recipient for Excellence in Education while working at Westville CUSD 2.
He graduated from Mattoon High School in 2007, and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Science/Science with Teacher Certification in 2013 from Eastern Illinois University. He also earned his Master’s of Science in Education/Educational Leadership degree in 2020 from EIU.
Mr. Rieck believes that the greatest aspect of working in the education profession, is the lasting relationships that are created with students, staff, and the communities that we serve as educators.
About the challenges he sees in education, he says, “I think that the challenges working in education are similar to those that our students experience within the classroom. To grow academically and personally, it takes a lot of doing things the wrong way before you figure out how to do them to the best of your ability. I think this is just as true for educators as it is for students. I have experienced so many learning opportunities along my path working in education which were sometimes tough lessons to learn.”
On his own time, he enjoys spending time with my family, traveling, hiking, fishing, and exercising. He says he really enjoys any sort of activity that incorporates nature and the outdoors. “Academically, I’ve always been interested in the sciences, mainly biology with a focus in zoology, genetics, and human physiology,” he says. “I am also passionate about learning new practices, techniques and philosophies that can be applied to a classroom setting to produce positive student outcomes.”
Nick Sloman, Assistant Principal, Glenwood Intermediate School
Mr. Nicholas Sloman was named Assistant Principal, Glenwood Intermediate School, at the June 22, 2022 Board of Education meeting.
Mr. Sloman came to Ball-Chatham in 2021 to serve as a physical education teacher at Glenwood Intermediate School, and also served as an assistant football coach at GMS and assistant freshmen boys basketball coach. Prior to coming to our District, he served for eight years as a language arts and physical education teacher, as well as coach, at North Mac School District.
A Girard High School graduate, he went on to further his education at Millikin University. He graduated in 2012 with his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts and Physical Education. He earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in 2022.
About her new Assistant Principal, Principal Elizabeth Gregurich says, “Mr. Sloman’s student-focused beliefs and practices will support the GIS mission and vision of creating success for all GIS Leaders, which includes all students and staff.”
Brad Kyes, Assistant Principal, College and Career Readiness, Glenwood High School
Mr. Brad Kyes was named Assistant Principal at GMS and GHS in 2020, but has accepted a new role as Assistant Principal, College and Career Readiness, at Glenwood High School beginning with the 2022-23 school year.
He 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.
In his new role as Assistant Principal/College and Career Coach, he will be working with students on post secondary plans, in particular, assisting students with the college application and scholarship process, assisting with FAFSA, working with colleges and universities on identifying our students, and assisting student-athletes as they prepare for playing sports in college.
“I enjoy working with students to help them achieve success and prepare them for life after high school,” he says. “It is rewarding assisting a student as they reach their full potential, especially when their dreams about their future come true.”
Brad understands that, as there are successes in education, there are challenges as well. “The major challenges in education today include 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,” he believes. “The other major challenge is school safety. It is my number one priority to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for all students.”
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 teams. He also enjoys spending time with his extended family and friends.
Ben Kwedar, Assistant Principal, Glenwood High School
Mr. Ben Kwedar, Assistant Principal at CES since 2020, will serve as an Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School beginning with the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Kwedar previously served as an AP Government and Social Science teacher at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School where he also coached softball and girls golf. Prior to that, he was a 5th and 6th Social Studies teacher at St. Thomas Grade School (Peoria Heights).
Mr. Kwedar is a 2009 graduate of Glenwood High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Secondary Ed. from the University of Illinois in 2013, and his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago in 2020. He made the University of Illinois’ Dean’s List all four years and had a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.
About his profession, he says, “The best part is the chance to build relationships with students, colleagues, and parents while helping to inspire students to achieve their full potential.” The most challenging aspect of the profession, he says, is preparing students for an ever-changing/21st Century workforce. He is married to Emily, and together they have a daughter, Aurelia. On his own time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending Fighting Illini basketball and football games, traveling, and reading.
John Fletcher, Assistant Principal, Glenwood High School
Mr. John Fletcher was named Assistant Principal, Glenwood High School, at the Board of Education’s April 27th meeting.
Mr. Fletcher has been a teacher in the Ball-Chatham School District for the past 15 years, most recently serving as a 4th grade teacher at GES. Prior to discovering that teaching and education was what he was destined to do, he held various sales positions, and was a stay-at-home dad for a time.
John is a Lanphier High School graduate, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Illinois, Springfield in 2004. He received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education in 2020.
He is married to Kristy, who teaches 5th grade at Glenwood Intermediate School. His son, Will, is a Glenwood graduate, and his two other children, DJ and Kendall, attend Glenwood Elementary School.