Unit 4 Board of Education Approves Four Appointments Monday

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 6:04pm

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Champaign Unit 4 School District announced approval of four appointments during its Board of Education meeting Monday evening.

Suzanne Meislahn Named Principal at Dr. Howard Elementary
Meislahn assumes the role of principal at Dr. Howard Elementary after serving as Associate Principal/Summer School Principal at Jefferson Middle School since 2018. Prior to her position at Jefferson, Meislahn was the Itinerant Special Education Teacher Districtwide for eight years (2018-18) while also serving as the Supervisor and Worksite Coordinator for the Summer Youth Employment Program during the summer months from 2011-18. Meislahn originally joined Unit 4 in 2005 as the Director of Education. After five years in that role, she was appointed as the Director of Elementary Education and Gifted Services in 2009. She began her career in education in 1992 as a Special Education Teacher with Macon-Piatt County Schools for three years. Meislahn then spent two years as a Special Education Teacher for Mid-State Special Education in Taylorville, Ill., before a promotion to Assistant Director of Special Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education/Special Education (1992) and a Master of Science in Education/Special Education (1996) from Eastern Illinois University. Meislahn earned a Superintendent’s Endorsement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009). She begins her appointment at Dr. Howard on July 1.

Samantha Turner Named Assistant Principal/Summer School Principal at Garden Hills Academy
Turner moves into the position of Assistant Principal/Summer School Principal at Garden Hills Academy after serving as a second grade teacher with the Mahomet-Seymour School District since August 2018. She returns to Unit 4 after beginning her career as a second grade teacher at Dr. Howard in 2016-17. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education (2016) from Miami University in Ohio. She earned her Master of Science in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. Turner’s appointment at Garden Hills begins July 13.

Andy Place Named Dean of Students at Central High School
Place assumes the role of Dean of Students at Central High School after serving Unit 4 as a Physical Education/Health/Safety Teacher since 2015. Prior to joining the District, Place spent eight years as a Physical Education Teacher and Social Studies Teacher for Heritage Schools in Broadlands, where he also coached basketball and track. Place began his career in education in 2002 as a Special Education Teacher with the Iowa School District in Davenport. After relocating to Illinois in 2005, Place served as a Physical Education Teacher and Adaptive Physical Education Teacher with the Westville School District. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from Saint Ambrose University (2002) and a Master of Arts in Special Education from Greenville College (2014). Place also has a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University (2019). He begins his appointment at Central on July 30.

Jessica Lehmkuhl Named Interim Dean of Students at Edison Middle School
Lehmkuhl steps into the role of Interim Dean of Students at Edison as its campus moves into two locations during construction. Since 2015, Lehmkuhl taught reading, honors reading, writing and AVID at Edison and was an active part of several initiatives and committees. She came to Unit 4 after spending the 2014-15 school year as a seventh grade Language Arts Teacher with Chicago Public Schools. Lehmkuhl began her career in education as a long-term substitute English Teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School from Aug.-Nov. 2008 and at Ottawa Township High School (Feb.-May 2009). In Aug. 2009, she joined Iroquois West High School in Gilman as an English Teacher for two years before teaching middle school Language Arts with the Ball-Chatham School District in Chatham. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2008) and has an additional 60 hours of coursework from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lehmkuhl has a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University (2019). Her appointment at Edison begins July 30.

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