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TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Adam Poliskie (Social Studies)

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Adam Poliskie (Social Studies)

Currently Adam teaches AP World History and US Government, but he has also taught Geography and History of the World and US History as well. Adam attended Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, IN and earned his BS in Secondary Education from Butler University. He is currently working on his master in Educational Administration and Leadership from Ball State University. Teaching was something that Adam always wanted to do, however it was his 8th grade US History teacher, Mr. Bill Halter that influenced him to be a Social Studies teacher. Adam thought that Mr. Halter knew everything and liked that he always demanded the best from all of his students. To this day Adam teaches with the same dedication that Mr. Halter modeled. Outside of school Adam enjoys traveling.

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Jessica Belton (Science)

Jessica teaches Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovations. She graduated from Plainfield High School, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southern Indiana, and a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from IUPUI. She received her teaching license and a MS in Arts and her teaching degree from the University of Indianapolis.


It was while she was working and teaching in the Hematology Lab at IU Hospital that she realized that teaching was a “calling” for her. Although she loves teaching all her classes, her favorite classes to teach are those in the Biomedical Program. She definitely doesn’t regret her first career, and is grateful for those experiences that help her with content for her classes and also gives her the ability to convey to students what it is truly like to work in a health care setting.


Jessica's favorite teacher was her high school teacher, Mrs. Walthers. Mrs. Walthers was influential in her decision to study Biology in college and she instilled in Jessica her love and appreciation for science. Two of Jessica’s favorite projects were the dissection of a fetal pig and jumping rope with intestines. As a clinical laboratory scientist Jessica worked at Community East Hospital in the Microbiology lab and also worked in the Hematology lab and IU Hospital. After obtaining her teaching license she started teaching Biology at Crawfordsville High School and taught there for three years before coming to Avon.


Her Biomedical Innovations class just finished a major project on redesigning an emergency department for better flow and function and they also had to devise a one month staffing schedule for their new ED with a set budget. To help students understand what is involved, they traveled to Hendricks Regional Health Hospital to tour their Emergency Department. When students completed their projects, it was evident that going to the ED and talking to the professionals had a strong impact on them. Their projects were amazing. It was obvious that they learned a lot and realized that the administration side to health care is a hard job!


Jessica has two daughters; Sydney is 3 yrs old and Emerson who is 7 months old. Currently, Jessica's hobbies are playing with toys, coloring, reading children’s books, and changing diapers. When she has time she loves to read Dystopian novels (Divergent is her favorite), and she also enjoys trying some "pins" from Pinterest.

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Stacy Williams (Social Studies)

Stacy currently teaches Psychology, Sociology and AP Psychology. She attended South Putnam Jr /Sr High School and earned her BS from Indiana State University and her MS from IUPUI. Stacy chose teaching because of her love of history and social studies, her love of people and learning, and because her high school days were so enjoyable (she never wanted to leave).


Mrs. O’Hair (4th grade), Mr. Clark (5th grade), and Mr. Rains (6th grade) were her favorite teachers from elementary school. Her favorite high school teachers were: Ms. Brothers (Track and Volleyball coach), Mrs. Hazlett (Business and Student Council Advisor) and Mrs. Dobson (English and Psychology). What all of these teachers had in common is that they all enjoyed their work/subject matter and they loved young people. Two of them are still teaching!


Stacy and her husband Gary met through 4-H and will be celebrating 24 years together this coming June. They have two children, Alexis who is a freshman at IUPUI and Elijah who is a freshman at Greencastle High School. They live in Greencastle, just a block from the DePauw Campus in her husband’s grandparent’s home that was built in 1880’s (4th homeowners). They enjoy gardening and traveling together. Stacy loves to read (especially mysteries). She is still active as a 4-H as a leader and is also a Sunday school teacher. Last summer because she was bored she became a barista at Starbucks in Greencastle (yes, they have one) and she continues to work there.


Stacy is thankful to have been blessed with a wonderful group of students this year!

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Angie Miller (Science)

Angie attended high school at Anderson Highland, earned her BS in athletic training & secondary education social studies from Ball State, and her MS in athletic training from Ohio University. When she began in the program at Ball State they only offered athletic training as a minor, so her advisor suggested she add education as her major. Angie currently teaches PLTW Biomedical Science Human Body Systems. She has been the Athletic Trainer at Avon for 23 years and previously taught Cross-Age Peer Tutoring Class for 11 years.


Mrs. Maxine Kuhn (1st & 2nd grade) was Angie’s favorite teacher. Mrs. Kuhn had the entire 1st grade class to her house for a slumber party and fed them pizza for dinner and then fixed breakfast for them the next morning before we all attended church and Sunday School with her (riding the church bus).


An instructional practice that has gone well for Angie this year has been using Beth May’s ideas for grouping students. Noting students new to Avon HS on the data rosters & making the effort to find out where they transferred from in helping getting to know them.


When Angie has she free time she enjoys genealogy & traveling.


This past summer Angie was inducted into the Ball State Sports Medicine Ring of Honor. Congratulations Angie!