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My Class8th Grade - Red Team

The middle school philosophy encourages students to view the diverse range of subject areas, such as math, science, language arts, fine arts, and social studies, as interrelated and applicable in their everyday lives. The Red Team teachers embrace this philosophy by providing students with many opportunities to see the connections between the different content areas and apply concepts from these classes in their lives outside of school.   

The Red Team teachers look forward to working with the students of the class of 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email or leave a message on our school phones. You can connect to the individual teachers’ homepages by clicking on the links provided below.  

Eighth Grade Curriculum Guide

Miss Hasler

Miss Hasler

Language Arts

About the Teacher

This is my 10th year teaching English Language Arts at MJHS.  I graduated from Bradley University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education and have received my Masters’ Degree in Educational Technology.  While not in the classroom, you may find me coaching and sponsoring multiple extra-curricular activities.  I am entering my 9th year coaching softball at MJHS. I also coach the Freshman MHS Lady Potters.  In addition, I am co-sponsor of the MJHS student council.  

While not at school, I love working on my house, playing and watching sports on TV, and taking runs around the community.  I look forward to getting to know more students, parents, and community members throughout the year.

Mission for the Class
The mission of my class is to widen a student's outlook on learning and literature through providing a wide range of stories and novels to share. Also, I strive to provide a positive and welcoming environment to all students. Learning in a positive atmosphere is not only a path to success, but also a way to a better educational outlook.


Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)266-6522

Mr. Schick

Mr. Schick

Math & 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Coach

About the Teacher

After teaching in East Peoria, Illinois for 3 years, I came to MJHS in 2010.  I have lived in Morton my entire life and had the privilege of going to school in this wonderful district.  After graduating from Morton High School, I went to Illinois Central College and then on to Illinois State University to complete my math degree.  I am very excited to be “home” and teach at MJHS and I look forward to a great year with students, parents, faculty, and administration.


Mission for the Class
My mission for the classroom is to create a learning environment where all students can be successful. I will challenge every student to reach their potential by using various instructional methods and involving the students in the learning process.


Click here to go to Mr. Schick’s TeacherWeb page.

Email – [email protected]

Phone – (309)284-5209

Dr. Wellenreiter

Dr. Wellenreiter

History/Department Chair Social Studies

About the Teacher:   

“My name is Ben Wellenreiter and I am the Red Team American History teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at MJHS. This is my nineteenth year of teaching. I have been at Morton for my entire teaching career. In addition to teaching history, I am an adjunct professor in the Educational Studies Department at Illinois Wesleyan University. There I teach courses in middle school philosophy and elementary social studies teaching methods. I have previously taught courses in social studies methods at Illinois State University. I am also on the Executive Board of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies. 


I earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Teacher Education from Illinois State University in 2010. In 2005 I earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in School Counseling at Bradley University and am a Nationally Certified Counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Social Science Education at ISU in 1998. I am certified in U.S. History, World History, Geography, Sociology, Economics, and Political Science. My research interests include adolescent social behavior, school authority structures, and the role patriotism plays in schools. My dissertation research concerned adolescent social processes in non-academic school environments.


When I am not at school, my wonderful wife Tara, my happy-go-lucky son Joel, and new daughter Bryn. I enjoy traveling, photography, biking, and reading. My travels have taken me to South America, Europe, Africa, and all around the United States. I am also active within my church, (Bethel Lutheran, Morton). I look forward to working with everyone in the coming school year.


Recent publications and presentations:


Wellenreiter, B. R. (2016, in press). Context is everything: Increasing the relevance of preservice teachers’ experiences in classroom management. In Crawford, C. (Ed.) Handbook on Classroom Teachers as Associated Teacher Educators.Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.


Roberts, S.L. and Wellenreiter, B.R. (2015). Teaching middle level social studies: A practical guide for 4th-8th Grades, 2nd Ed. Athens: GA.


Wellenreiter, B. R. (2012). Garbage trucks and deposit slips: The disconnect between life experiences and the economics curriculum of South Africa. In Lucey, T. A., & Laney, J. D. (Eds.) Re-framing financial literacy: Exploring the value of social currency. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


Wellenreiter, B. R., Lucey, T. A., & Hatch, D. D. (2010). Looking back at their futures: Preservice middle level teachers’ examination of past educational experiences. RMLE Online, 34(1) 1-11.


Wellenreiter, B.R. (2014, March). Analyzing school policies for civil rights concerns: Connecting students to concepts. Presentation at Illinois Council for Social Studies Annual Conference. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.


Eggers, N., Cross, S., Wellenreiter, B.R., and Hollis, Anne. (2014, March). Panel Discussion on Advocacy for Children with Special Needs. Mental Health Forum 2014. Hult Center for Healthy Living. Bradley University. Peoria, IL.

Mission for the Class

The mission for the class is to critically examine many of the events of US history and apply the lessons from them in our everyday lives. A focus is placed on how changing technologies, political policies, and social standards have impacted lives of citizens in the past and continue to influence us today.



Email - [email protected]

Phone - (309)266-6522


Mr. Williams

Mr. Williams


About the Teacher:

I am excited to start teaching science at Morton Junior High School!  I grew up in Sherman, IL, which is a small town near Springfield.  I went to Illinois State University for undergrad, then relocated to the Peoria area when I started teach at Broadmoor Jr. High in Pekin.  While there for the past seven years, I taught 7th and 8th grade science and coached volleyball.  I also earned my master's degree in administration in 2012 from St. Xavier University.  I live in Morton with my wife, Sarah and our new baby, Ellasyn.  We also have a goldendoodle that acts as another child for us.


Email: Jordan Williams


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