Khristi was sworn in to her first term on the Tuscola School Board in April, 2011, and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. She graduated from Villa Grove High School, and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and her master’s degree in C & I Language and Literacy from the University of Illinois. She is currently employed by the Champaign Unit 4 School District where she teaches Kindergarten. Khristi has taught kindergarten at Robeson Elementary for the past 14 years.
Khristi says she became interested in serving on the Tuscola School board because” I feel with my educational background I have a lot of experience and valuable insight that I will bring to the board. Also, I have learned many valuable lessons through the creation of and coordination of the PRIDE Walk, of which I was a co-founder and co-chair. I learned we have many untapped resources willing to help our school district if we only step outside of the box and think of aays to utilize them, which I would like to make a priority for our district, especially with the budget crisis that exists. I feel that I have a vested interest in this school district to strive for not only my own three children but for all Tuscola students.”
Khristi is married to Matthew, they have three children: Braden, Raeanna and Marissa. All three children attend North Ward Elementary.
Kay was elected to her first term on the Board of Education in April of 2013. Kay graduated from Villa Grove High School in 1952, and received her bachelor's degree with honors with a major in chemistry and minors in mathematics and physics from Eastern IllinoisUniversity in 1956. Over the years she has accumulated 30 hours of credit, all in science subjects. She taught at Monticello High School for one year, Arcola High School for 6 years, Tuscola High School for 27 years, and at Eastern Illinois University for two summers.
"Because I am serving as a regional member of the legislative committee for the State of Illinois Retired Teachers, a member of the Douglas County Retired Teachers, having served as president of the organization for four years, and vice president for four years, I feel I have a lot of experience working with education. Having spent so many years in science, I have always questioned everything I did not understand. I bring that attitude along with a very conservative approach to the school. Of course, I always want to be proud of Tuscola High School and its very high level of education."
Kay is married TCHS graduate Ed, and they have 2 children, Kristi and John, both TCHS graduates, and 5 grandchildren.
Tim was first elected to the board of education in April of 2011. He graduated from Chrisman High School, class of 1985, and received his bachelor's degree from Northwood University, in Midland Michigan in 1988. Tim has been the Ford dealer in Tuscola for the past 23 years.
In his opinion, Tim believes the school district is the biggest asset the community has to offer. He feels its continued growth in educational standards and financial stability is of the up most importance in maintaining a strong school district. "We must be able to provide our students with a high level educational experience, and provide our staff with the tools they need to perform at that high level."
Tim is married to TCHS graduate Laurie, and they have 3 children, Anthony 26, Audrey 19, and Jackson 15. All have or are currently attending school in the district.
Tim currently serves on the board of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon, has been active in several trade organizations in the automobile industry, as well as many civic and charitible organizations in Tuscola. He enjoys attending his kids' sporting events, and is a golfer and hunter.
Darold was elected to his first term on the Board of Education in April 2011.
The reason he ran for the school board was simple; to give back to the community. He ran for school board as a thank you to the district and to give back to the school community.
After retiring from the Air Force, he felt his experience in the all-around function of command offices in the area of transportation, civil engineering, hospital-medical, postal, as well as the United States Air Forces in Europe in Germany, would be beneficial to the workings of the school board. Darold brings knowledge of policy and procedures. He listens and likes to ask questions, research ideas, issues, and information and brings an outside approach to the board.
Currently he is an Administrative Aide and Research Coordinator within the University of Illinois. He has also been a tax advisor for the past 15 years. Working within the University setting compels him to spend money effectively. This is another quality he brings to the board.
It is Darold’s hope that while serving on the board, he can help administrators to continue to set sound financial practices and educational goals. To help parents and educators enrich and encourage all students and to expand the horizon of education and life-long learning. He would also like to see a greater support and awareness within the community for the pursuit of a college education and the educational and employment value of vocational technology skills.
Darold is a graduate of Woodbridge American High School, RAF Woodbridge, United Kingdom. He received his Associate of Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force in 2004. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University in May 2015.
Darold is married to Andrea. They have seven children – Philip, David, Bridget, Anna, Thomas, Andrew, and Emma. He enjoys home repair, cars, cooking and spending time with family and friends. Philip, a 2004 graduate of Tuscola, is currently a mechanical engineering student at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
Rick is a 1972 graduate of ABL and a 1974 graduate of Parkland College and has been employed by Kraft Foods since 1974. Rick served his first term on the School Board from 2003-2007 and was elected again in April of 2009 to serve another term.
My wife and I moved to Tuscola as a young family. My oldest son was just beginning kindergarten. With both of us coming from small towns from the surrounding area, we felt Tuscola was the best place for us. It offered good schools and many activities for our family. As our children grew and began participating in many of the activities offered by the district we became more active ourselves volunteering to help out whenever we could. I ran for the School Board because I wanted to make sure our district continued to offer activities that encourage our students to expand their knowledge and help them grow as responsible adults.
Our challenges are many. We need to remain diligent in our efforts to improve our curriculum for our students and maintain a nd improve our facilities while acting in a fiscally responsible manner. As a Board member I intend to work with the other Board members, administration, faculty and staff to achieve these goals.
Rick is married to Jerri and has two sons, Patrick and Mark and three grandchildren. Patrick is a 1996 graduate of TCHS and Mark is a 2001 graduate of TCHS.