Meet the Specials Teachers

Joan Martin Elementary 2019-2020

As part of their elementary experience, all children at Joan Martin receive the opportunity to attend Specials (Art, Music, and Physical Education) on a weekly basis. Our Specials teachers are:


Mrs. Allan

This is Mrs. Allan's 15th year teaching and third year at Joan Martin in art. She lives in Valparaiso with her husband, three kids, and silly puppy Millie. Her favorite things are watching her kids play sports, painting, coffee, and Target runs. Each year she can't wait to work with each of the students and their creative ideas!

219-947-7869, ext. 8551

Mrs. Sedoris

219-947-7869, ext. 8571


Mrs. McGuire

This will be Mrs. McGuire's 15th year teaching gym. She was at Ridge View her first 8 years. Mrs. McGuire has 3 adult children who were Brickies. Her oldest son Sean is an electrician, married with 4 children. Her middle son Ryan is a 5th grade science teacher in Texas. He is engaged to be married next fall. Her daughter Kelly lives in Las Vegas and works for a construction consulting firm and loves to travel. Mrs. McGuire has been a brickie her whole life except for when she was attending Ball State University.

219-947-7869, ext. 8533

Mrs. Cooper

Mrs. Cooper is excited to join Joan Martin this year! She transferred over from ELC where she was the recreational aide for 5yrs. Mrs. Cooper grew up in Hobart and attended Foreman School. She pursued a health fitness degree at Purdue University along with playing Big Ten Softball. Mrs. Cooper loves coaching her kids' sports and HMS 7th grade Volleyball. She's happily married to her husband of 10 yrs. Marc Cooper and has 2 energetic boys, Dane (a 2nd grader at JM) and Rowan (kindergartener at ELC).

219-947-7869, ext. 8565


Mrs. Juzwicki

Mrs. Juzwicki is a lifetime resident of Hobart, mother of three daughters, her oldest being Mrs. Allen, our principal. She has five grandchildren, Chandler, Bella, Cooper, Reid and Charlotte, they live in Hobart and are proud to be Brickies! She has two Boston Terriers, Zoey and Harley. This school year is number thirty two for Mrs. Juzwicki and she says "I can hardly call what I do a job, I really love working in the library/media center. The best part for me is reading stories to our students and sharing book, author, and illustrator information, hoping to encourage children to love books and reading as much as I do." She considers the joy of reading the key to the world, you can use your imagination as well as learn so very much. She is looking forward to another great school year with our Joan Martin family.

219-947-7869, ext. 8526

Mrs. Ledyard

Mrs. Ledyard has been working for the Hobart Schools for a long time. She worked in kindergarten at Mundell, Ridge View, and here at Joan Martin. Her longest position has been in the library here at Joan Martin, 17 years. She loves to read.

She lives here in Hobart with her husband and dog, Nelly. She has three adult daughters and one step song. She has 9 grandchildren. She likes to read, garden, and watch her grandkids play sports and go to the beach. She is looking forward to another great year at Joan Martin!

219-947-7869, ext. 8562


Mrs. Amsler

This is Mrs. Amsler's 14th year at Joan Martin and her 16th year teaching music. She received her bachelor's degree in music education from Anderson University, her master's degree from VanderCook College of Music, and is an Orff Level III certified teacher. Mrs. Amsler sings and plays many instruments but specializes in saxophone, piano, and clarinet.

She is married and has two daughters. Some of her favorite things are Starbucks, reading, gardening and camping. Her favorite thing about music class is getting to make music everyday with the best kids around!

219-947-7869, ext. 8524

Mr. Lacny

Mr. Lacny received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Calumet in Elementary Education. He taught third grade for six years at Liberty Elementary and has now been teaching music there for the past seven years. Mr. Lacny also teaches music classes at Joan Martin Elementary one day a week. He earned his Master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan.

Mr. Lacny also performs music outside of school with some local bands and is a performing magician as well. In his free time Mr. Lacny loves to kayak, camp, cook, and fish.

219-947-7869, ext. 8554

Important Dates!

  • Oct.- 4th & 5th grade dodge ball club

  • December 10: 2nd Grade Concert 6pm, Grandparents Day 2pm
  • December 12: 2nd Grade Nutcracker Field trip, 10am
  • January 28th: 1st Grade Informance 6pm (one half of grade level), Grandparents Day 2pm
  • January 30th: 1st Grade Informance 6pm (other half of grade level) Grandparents Day 2pm
  • Feb.- Kids Heart Challenge, Each grade level dodge ball tournament.

  • February 21: 4th Grade Drama Club performance 6pm
  • February 22: 4th Grade Drama Club performance, time TBA
  • March 3rd: 5th Grade Concert, (one half of grade level) 6pm
  • March 5: 5th Grade Concert (other half of grade level) 6pm
  • Spring time Art Show- dates TBA
  • April 7th and 8th: 5th Grade Instrument Fittings @ HMS, 3:45-6:30pm
  • April 7th: JM 3rd Grade Concert 6pm
  • May 11-15 Talent Day in Music Class (Talent Day for your child's class will take place during their regular music time this week)
  • May 26- Field Day

Frequently Asked Questions

How are specials classes graded?

Students receive grades for music and art. Because of the weekly nature of the class, grades for these classes are only posted on report cards at the end of semesters (instead of quarterly like other subjects). Grades can be viewed online throughout the year via Skyward.