As soon as you have a conversation with me, you will know that I am not from Highland. I was born in Windsor, England, and I have been fortunate enough to have lived in numerous countries, such as Germany, Belgium and France. Upon coming to America, I obtained a BS, Elementary Education, McKendree University, followed by an MS, Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Reading, McKendree University, 2010. I am the proud parent of a son who attends the University of Illinois, studying Economics and Engineering.. I am an avid reader and I enjoy renovating my 90 year-old home. I am constantly trying to recreate the quintessential English garden with varying degrees of success. I am thrilled and excited to teach ELA at the Middle School.
Ms. Fiona Abbott
English Language Arts
I am extremely excited to be teaching here at HMS. I was born and raised in Highland, and I am looking forward to be working with kids in my hometown. I earned my education degree in 2015 during my second stint in college. My wife is also a teacher in another district. We have three children named Payton, Nolan, and Retta. I enjoy playing sports, reading, board games, comics, and geeking out with sci-fi movies and shows.
Mr. Chris Frey
I have been a middle school science teacher for two years now and I am still loving every minute of it! Last year I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Signal Hill School in Belleville, IL. I studied Elementary and middle level education at Eastern Illinois University. I am currently working on my masters degree in STEM leadership. I was born and raised in Highland, IL and I attended middle school here at HMS! Its a great triumph to have the opportunity to work with the amazing teachers that taught me! I have a crazy, fun family with one sister, Ashley, who is also a teacher! I have been blessed with one beautiful red-haired niece. I enjoy reading, bike riding, swimming, and sewing on my spare time. I hope to have a wonderful year this year at HMS!
Miss Jessica Schrage
I’ve lived in this area most of my life, and love everything Highland has to offer. My first career was as a computer graphic artist, creating product packaging. However, my passion was to become a teacher. I went back to school, earning the following degrees: BS, Elementary Education & Psychology, Southern Illinois University, 2006, MS, Educational Studies, McKendree University, 2010, and Type 75 Certification, McKendree University, 2013. I live with my husband, Joe, and my two sons, Seth and Kaleb in Grantfork. I'm really excited about working to build a love for math in each of my students..
Mrs. Stephanie Schwappach
Mrs. Linda Berg grew up in rural northwest Iowa. She and her family moved to the Highland area in 1998. She has been teaching in the Highland School District since 2000 in a variety of special education classrooms. She is very excited about coming to the middle school and helping her students succeed in the 6th grade. She and her husband have three children, Paige, Kristen, and Christopher. She and her husband enjoy traveling and outdoor activities. They are kept quite busy attending numerous sporting events that their son is involved in.
Mrs. Linda Berg