Education

Husband, wife the home team as M-S principals

By ISAAC TROTTER

For The Mahomet Citizen

One could say that teaching brought Jeff and Wendy Starwalt together.

“We’ve both been in education for 30 years,” Jeff Starwalt said. “We met in college (at the University of Illinois) as education majors, took a lot of classes together and kind of went through our student teaching together.


New superintendent takes job in stride

Lindsey Hall will start her tenure as Mahomet-Seymour’s superintendent with a day off.

The Fiscal Year for schools is July 1, a Saturday. Technically, that is when her contract would begin.

Hall’s first official day on the job will be on Monday.

Her reward?

She’ll take Tuesday — the fourth of July — off.


Outgoing superintendent honored at final meeting

Rick Johnston won’t soon forget his final school board meeting as Mahomet-Seymour superintendent.

Monday’s meeting ended with a tribute to Johnston, who is retiring after five years in the district.

Current and former board members — some communicating through emailed messages — praised Johnston for his leadership.


Former classmate provided inspiration

Justine Hellmer considers herself one of the fortunate ones.

“I’m very lucky,” she said. “I get a paycheck right out of college.”

On the flip side, Hellmer doesn’t have time for a summer vacation or to prepare for her first full-time job.


Recent college grads return to classroom as teachers

Garret Risley graduated from Illinois State University this spring.

Todd Metzger earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois last month.

As they prepare to move on with life, they will remain in the classroom.

Both Mahomet-Seymour graduates were education majors who in August will start their teaching careers.


'We need more men like Mr. C.'

The sight of children on a playground seldom raises eyebrows, even when their numbers quickly exceed dozens and soon surpass hundreds.

Many were wearing orange T-shirts. Some had blue ones. A few wore other assorted colors.

Basketball was a popular activity, but others preferred the playground equipment or the sidewalk chalk.


Retiring superintendent ready to be a full-time grandfather

Rick Johnston fondly remembers the good ol’ days of his youth.

He grew up in a small southern Indiana community (Dillsboro) and has a vivid memory of one particular aspect of his childhood.

“I got to spend a lot of time with my grandparents,” Johnston said.


M-S valedictorian Xin Yi Ren headed to California Institute of Technology

Xin Yi Ren is the one who did the work that enabled her to be valedictorian in the Mahomet-Seymour Class of 2017.

She said she had plenty of help.

“My family values education very much,” she said. “They put pressure on me and I put pressure on myself.”

The assistance Ren received extended to her peer group.


Mahomet community grieves 'a great kid'

Dan Ryan acknowledges “I don’t know what it would be like for a parent to lose a child,” but there is one thing the Mahomet-Seymour mathematics instructor does know.


Mahomet icon Mark Cabutti set to retire

For 61 consecutive years, there has been a person named Cabutti involved with educating children in Champaign County.

Before Mark Cabutti was born, his father, Lee, was teaching and coaching at Champaign Central.


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