Because of rising enrollment at George O. Barr and Northeast Junior High, we have hired five new teachers and other staff members for the 2013-14 school year.
- Molly Carrigan, fourth grade: She came from St. Charles, by way of Eldridge, Iowa. She attended St. Charles East High School. One of three sisters, she graduated from Western Illinois University and is following in the footsteps of her mother, a third-grade teacher in Addison.Molly was born in Texas, once lived in California, and was a diving coach at Medinah Country Club. She is engaged to Bill Hayes. A future goal is to obtain her master's degree in elementary education.
- Cassandra Smith, fifth grade: She is from Colona and attended Geneseo High School and Western Illinois University. She did student teaching at Eagle Ridge School. Soon after college graduation, Miss Smith chose a healthier life and is now an avid runner of 5K races. Future goals include traveling and starting a family.
- Elizabeth Moody, fifth grade: She is from East Moline and did student teaching last year at George O. Barr, working with fifth-grade and preschool students. A United Township High School grad, she attended WIU-QC, and works as a server at TPC Deere Run. Goals include continuing to grow her family (she is married with one daughter and another on the way) and pursuing a science endorsement. Mrs. Moody is Glenview Middle School cheerleading coach, and would like to someday do the same at Northeast Junior High.
- Megan Ullrick, eighth grade social studies and RTI: She attended Bettendorf High School and WIU-QC and student taught sixth grade at Reynolds Grade School. She lives inRock Island with her husband, Jason, and their sons, Phoenix and Roland. She hopes to obtain a master's degree in the next five to seven years and physically condition herself to participate in the 2015 RAGBRAI. A "little known fact" she related was that on rare occasion, she cooks dinner and makes a mouth-watering chicken pot pie.
- Chris Villareal, technology: He previously worked as a volunteer in Mrs. Staples' classroom, then as a special-education aide at Barr, while attending WIU-QC. Last year, the Moline High School and WIU-QC graduate began his teaching career in the Davenport system and jumped at the opportunity to "come home" to Silvis. He is taking more college classes and training. One thing that most people don't know about him is that he is a very quiet person when at home.
- Kevin Threatt, custodian: A Davenport native, he now lives in Silvis with his four children: sports lover Aubre, 9; Roshiba, 8, his "diva-in-training"; Nakevion, 5, an "observer"; and Azriel, who is going through the terrible twos. Kevin attended school in Phoenix, Ariz., and previously worked there and in the Rock Island School District. He hopes to go back to school some day and work in the computer science field or establish his own cleaning service.
- Shayla Randall, Barr playground supervisor: She's a Silvis resident with three children. Logan attends UTHS, Emilee attends Northeast JH and Sarah attends Barr. A former UT student, Shayla would like to go back to school to become a nurse or teacher. A few things that most people don't know about Shayla are that she used to play the piano, clarinet and flute, and she worked at Rosewood Care Center.
- Lori McCuddin, Northeast Junior High cafeteria server: She's from Cordova and graduated from Riverdale High School. She now lives in the Silvis School District and her daughter attends Northeast. She chose to work in the district since she already knew many of the children. Did you know she was chosen as "Best Build" at Riverdale her senior year?
Several teacher aides are being hired, and we will introduce them in coming weeks.
Today is Sunday, March 9, the 68th day of 2014. There are 297 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done to sidewalks, shade trees, fences and gardens by hogs that are running at large about town. 1889 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Cleveland was elected air knight captain of Rock Island Division Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias. 1914 -- 100 years ago: B.W. Wilson, authority on birds and their habits, spoke at the weekly luncheon at the Rock Island Club. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The famous Dionne quintuplets have been invited to visit King George and Queen Elizabeth in Toronto on May 22, but Papa Dionne thinks their majesties should include the Callander nursery in their tour. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Ever been smothered by funny stuff? Well more than 2,600 people were last night when two boys named Tom and Dick Smothers took a "rocky, twisting road to folk music" in Davenport Masonic Temple. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Moline residents soon may be asked to recycle part of their garbage and might even get paid for it.