JOHN GREER GRADE SCHOOL

FINE ARTS TEACHERS
C. Ankenbrand

Art Teacher

AM-Mon, Tue, Wed

Mr. Carl Ankenbrand

cwank@hoopeston.k12.il.us

Mr. Ankenbrand is originally from rural Mt. Carmel, Illinois, I grew up on a farm which consisted of 250 acres.  I attended Mt. Carmel High School (home of the Golden Aces).  I received an Associate of Science degree from Wabash Valley College and a Bachelor of Science degree in studio art w/K-12 Illinois certification from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  I was hired by CUSD #11 to teach high school art in August of 1995.  The Fall of 2006 I started teaching art at Maple, Honeywell, and John Greer Grade Schools in the Hoopeston Area School District.  I teach roughly 680 students each week.  I am also employed as the Asst. High School Wrestling Coach and District Photographer.


My wife Kelly is a Cornjerker, and is employed at HAHS/HAMS as the technology teacher.  She has two children from a previous marriage - Nathan and Sam.  We have a daughter together, Taylor Madisyn, and a dog Coco.


When I am not teaching art to the youth in Hoopeston I can be found walking my dog every morning and in the weight room or spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, especially along the Bonpas Creek in Wabash County, Illinois, and coaching my daughter in fast-pitch softball.

D. Ferguson

Chorus & Vocal Music

Miss Dawn Ferguson

fergusda@hoopeston.k12.il.us

Miss Ferguson  graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.  She has been teaching for seven years.  She loves performing and enjoys teaching others how to perform.  Miss Ferguson was a member of the gospel trio "Lovin" Faith for 5 years.  She has three brothers, a sister, and two nieces.  She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and served as a camp counselor, music director, and Bible Study leader at various church camps.
J. Mandel

Intrutrumental Music

Mrs. Jennifer Mandel

mandeljl@hoopeston.k12.il.us

Mrs. Mandel is our elementary band teacher. She began teaching in our district in 2007. Mrs. Mandel has a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and a Master's of Music Education from the University of Illinois. Mrs. Mandel started playing the clarinet in 4th grade. In her free time, she enjoys playing her clarinet in the Parkland Community Band, reading, running, biking, and traveling. She feels the best thing about teaching in Hoopeston is the friendly and supportive learning environment.