I grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois where I attended and graduated from Buffalo Grove High School. After high school, I attended the University of Arkansas where I met and married my husband, Joe Wilhelm. With just a few semesters left of college I finished my degree and graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. My certification is in teaching grades 1-8, Language Arts in grades 6-8, Science in grades 6-8 and Social Studies in grades 6-8.
All of my teaching career has been at Grove Public Schools. This is my 33rd year at the Lower Elemnetary. In the fall of 1984 I began teaching Kindergarten where I taught for 5 years. After kindergarten, I taught 1st grade for 12 years then went to 2nd grade and taught there for 9 years. In the fall of 2011 I came back to 1st grade where I have been for the last 6 years.
I am president of Grove Classroom Teachers Association which I have had the privilege of serving for the last 6 years.
On May 30, 1981 I married Joe Wilhelm. We moved to Grove in August of 1981. Joe accepted the job as assitant band director and choir director at Grove Middle School and Grove High School. We raised our three sons here. Joseph graduated from Grove High School in 2007 and went on to the University of Arkansas. He graduated from there in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Joseph is the band assitant director at Grove Public Schools. Jordan graduated from Grove High School in 2009 and went on to the University of Arkansas. He graduated there in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Jordan owns his own lawn care business “Turf Boys”. Josh graduated from Grove High School in 2011 and went on to the University of Arkansas. He graduated from there in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Josh manages Turf Boys and Rockwood Storage. All three of our sons were members of the Ridgerunner Marching Band and the Razorback Marching Band.
Now that all three boys are out of the house, Joe and I have rescued 2 dogs. One is a chocolate lab named Chip and the other is a shepard mix named Kona.