1st Grade Teacher

Miss Chelsea Deck

Hello!  My name is Chelsea Deck.  I am very blessed to be able to teach first grade at Maple!  I am from Fairmount, Illinois, and graduated high school from Jamaica High.  I attended Eastern Illinois University where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  I currently live in Williamsport, Indiana.

We welcomed our first baby into the world on October 13, 2014.  His name is Declan and he has brought so much joy to our home.  I love to travel.  I have been all over the United States and to Puerto Rico.  I enjoy walking and playing with my dog, Petey.  I am a big crafter and enjoy making things myself.  My favorite thing to do is spend time with friends and family making great memories.  I can’t wait to make great memories in the classroom this year.

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs.Tiffany Cox

Hello! My name is Tiffany Cox.  I currently teach 1st grade at Maple Grade School.  I feel so blessed to work at this amazing school!  I began my teaching career in 2009, and I have previously taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade, but my heart belongs to 1st grade!

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  I live in Rossville, where I was born and raised.  I am married and we have two daughters, Madeline and Aubrey, and a son, Lincoln. When I’m not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, and trying new recipes from Pinterest.


1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Nita Lockhart

My name is Annette (Nita) Lockhart, and I teach First Grade here at Maple School.  I started my teaching position at Maple in 1995.   Prior to my teaching position, I was a teacher's aide for two years.  I attended Maple School during my grade school years and graduated from Hoopeston High School.  I received my Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinois University, and my Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

I am married to Bruce, and we live on a farm outside of the Hoopeston/Wellington area.  Bruce is a grain/cattle farmer.  We raise registered Angus cattle and enjoy showing our showstring at our county fair. 

We have two adult sons, Mark and Brent.  Mark is married to Misty.  Bruce and I have three grandchildren -Taylyn, Ryker, and Cruz Lockhart, and two step-grandchildren, Collin and Landyn Thomey.  They live in St. Joseph, Illinois.  Mark is self-employed on the family farm.  Brent is married to Margie and lives on a farm outside of the Hoopeston/Wellington area.  He is self-employed on the family farm also.


1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Kayleigh Malloy

Hello! My name is Kayleigh Malloy (formerly Kayleigh Burton), and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Hoopeston community again this year!

I attended college at the University of St. Francis where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2012.  I started my teaching career in a Kindergarten classroom in Peoria, Illinois, and began teaching first grade here at Maple in 2014.  I love watching my students grow as learners throughout the year and I take great pride in the progress that they make.  I can’t wait to see what the incoming first graders can do this year!

When I’m not in the classroom, you can usually find me reading, traveling, or spending time with my husband, family, friends, and my dog, Oliver.  I also love finding new ideas to use in the classroom with the kiddos. 


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1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Tara Riggleman

My name is Tara Riggleman and I teach first grade. I graduated from Danville High School and then went on to Danville Area Community College where I received my Associate of Science Degree.  I then attended Eastern Illinois University from which I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.  I have taught in Hoopeston since 1996 and I love teaching here.