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Last updated: 02/01/2016
Zeda Arelt's Profile
Spec. Ed. Teacher K-3rd
Hi my name is Mrs. Arelt and I teach the Resource Room for students in K-3. I have been at Olive for many years and absolutely love working with children who are having difficulty learning.
Last updated: 05/01/2013
Linda Behm's Profile
5th Grade Teacher
I am a 1974 graduate of Niles High School in Niles, Michigan. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Michigan University and Master's of Arts Degree from Indiana University. My teaching career started at New Prairie High School in 1979, teaching Introduction to Algebra. Since then I have taught Kindergarten, First, Third, and Fifth grades along with being the corporation Title One Coordinator for several years. I have one daughter, who is presently a senior at New Prairie High School.
Last updated: 05/09/2016
Amy Burris's Profile
Kdg. Teacher
I am a proud graduate of Valparaiso University and I received my Masters Degree with a concentration in Early Childhood from Indiana University. I am a Kindergarten teacher at Olive Elementary and have taught for 25 years. Things have certainly changed throughout my time and I have learned that I must change with it in order to do what is best for my students. I love working for New Prairie and I love my students. I am blessed to be at Olive.
Last updated: 08/20/2017
Rachel Chelminiak's Profile
Kdg. Teacher
This is my 16th year of teaching Kindergarten at Olive. I'm looking forward to a great year!
Vincent Dominello
Art Teacher
Last updated: 04/30/2014
Monica Flagg's Profile
5th Grade Teacher
Welcome to Mrs. Flagg's 5th grade webpage. I love teaching in the school corporation that I once attended. We are going to have a wonderful school year.
Last updated: 01/16/2017
Sara Gillen's Profile
Sara Gillen's Blog
Kdg. Teacher
I am a first grade teacher at Olive Elementary. I received my Bachelor's from Ball State University in 2014. This is my second year teaching at Olive.
Last updated: 08/05/2016
Mikayla Golden's Profile
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello, I teach first grade. This will be my third full year at Olive. I started in January of 2013 and have loved every minute of it. I graduated from Purdue University North Central in 2011. Previously, I taught Middle School Algebra 1. Olive holds a special place in my heart because, as a child, I walked these very halls. I am looking forward to a great year!
Last updated: 09/04/2017
Casey Gumm's Profile
Casey Gumm's Blog
4th Grade Teacher
Hi! I teach fourth grade! This is my tenth year at Olive and twentieth year in education! I am looking forward to an exciting year!
Last updated: 10/23/2013
Brandi Heeter's Profile
3rd Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Mrs. Brandi Heeter. This is my second year with NPUSC. I graduated with High Honors from Indiana University with a BA in Elementary Education along with additional experiences and credits in Early Childhood Education. I have been married to my husband Kyle for three years now and we have two beautiful boys, Xavier and Zander. My hobbies include coaching and playing volleyball, gardening, and reading. I look forward to the school year and all the exciting experiences it will bring. Please visit my website at
Cathy Henning
Reading Teacher
Last updated: 02/09/2017
Paul Kil's Profile
Art Teacher
Hello! I am one of two visual art teachers that teach art classes at Olive school. I have been at Olive school since the new building was constructed in 1995. I have had the pleasure to work with thousands of students in the study and creation of art. This year we will explore many different media, including paint, clay and paper maché. Students will learn various art techniques and art principles, plus having the chance to be creative problem solvers. I look forward to another great year in art! -Mr. Kil
Last updated: 09/12/2013
Kathryn Lee's Profile
Kathryn Lee's Blog
Speech Teacher
My name is Kathy Lee and I am your child’s speech therapist at Olive Elementary School. I come to Olive from my private practice in Michigan City. I have a strong background in developmental disabilities, multiple handicaps, feeding and swallowing disorders and Autism. I have worked with children ages 0-12 for almost 30 years as well as working in the First Steps program since its inception.
Last updated: 12/11/2014
Mr. McBride's Profile
3rd Grade Teacher
1993 Graduate of Triton High School, Bourbon, IN 1997 BA in Elementary Education Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN 2001 Master's of Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN 2012 High Ability Certification, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
2nd Grade Teacher
I am so happy to be teaching third grade! I have been with NPUSC for 25 years and most of them were spent in the third grade class. I graduated from New Prairie and received my bachelors from Indiana University in Bloomington. As a former Cougar and a former Tiger, I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be home.
Tamara Moore
4th Grade Teacher
Heather O'Connell
Music Teacher
Last updated: 10/16/2014
Barb Papai's Profile
High Ability Coordinator, Reading Teacher
Let me introduce myself! I have taught: at-risk 9th and 10th grade, fourth and fifth grade, and reading resource in the primary grades. I received my undergraduate and master's degree from Purdue University. I have a reading minor and a high ability teaching license. My family lives in Rolling Prairie. I consider it a privilege to work with and assist the students and families at NPUSC.
Last updated: 01/30/2017
Jan Pfeil's Profile
4th Grade Teacher
Hello, and welcome to our 4th grade class page! Here you will find our newsletters, latest happenings, and important dates. Be sure to check in often!
Last updated: 11/19/2017
Rachel Ralston's Profile
574 654-0429
1st Grade Teacher
Hi! I teach first grade and I am Olive's iCoach. I love to learn and I know it's going to be a great year!
Last updated: 07/07/2016
Laura Schreiber's Profile
2nd Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Laura Schreiber. I teach second grade at Olive Township Elementary. I am also the proud coach of our Girls on the Run team. I am a New Prairie graduate and received my degree in education from Indiana University. This is my seventh year of teaching, all of which have been in NPUSC, and I am proud to teach for the corporation that I attended. I am looking forward to a fantastic year in second grade!
Last updated: 09/16/2013
Julie Schroeder's Profile
P.E. Teacher
Hello, I am one of two Elementary Physical Education teachers for New Prairie. My home school is Olive and I have the pleasure of having all Olive students and I travel to Prairie View where I share students with Mr. Lindorf. I am married with two children, a daughter in her sophomore year of college and a son who is a junior in high school. Both active in sports and as a family we enjoy the outdoors and recreational activities. I look forward to teaching the importance of being active and eating healthy to all of my students and most of all having fun while learning lifelong healthy habits.
Melissa Smith
Spec. Ed. Teacher 4th-5th
Last updated: 04/20/2018
Maggie Stepniewski's Profile
(574) 654-7531
1st Grade Teacher
Homework schedule: Mondays write spelling words three times each (once Spelling words/tests begin),
Kimberly Stepp
Kdg. Teacher
Last updated: 08/21/2016
Tina Stombaugh's Profile
2nd Grade Teacher
My name is Mrs. Tina Stombaugh. I have taught for New Prairie Schools since 1990. I graduated from New Prairie High School and went to Purdue University in West Lafayette (Go Boilers!) I got my masters at Indiana University in South Bend. I have taught Kindergarten, Title 1, second grade, and third grade. I have always been at Olive Elementary (Go Tigers!)
Janelle Taylor
1st Grade Teacher
Last updated: 08/18/2016
Ashley Wojtysiak's Profile
(574) 654-0447
5th Grade Teacher
Hi! My name is Ashley Wojtysiak and I'm a fifth grade teacher at Olive. I am a 2001 NPHS graduate and received my degree in Elementary Education from IUSB. I started teaching at Olive in 2007 teaching third grade, then moved to fourth grade, second and now fifth grade. This is my 10th year teaching. I am excited to start a new school year!

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