Amboy School District announces its new teachers for 2019-2020


AMBOY — Amboy Community School District has announced the following teachers have joined the school year for this school year.

Ashley Dunlap teaches Fourth Grade ELA at Central School. Before coming to Amboy, she taught fifth grade for one year at Southside in Morrison and fourth grade for three years at Eastland. 

She received her Bachelor of Elementary Education degree from North Central College, and a Master’s Degree in Reading/Reading Specialist from the University of Concordia-Chicago.

She is married to Brad Dunlap, and the couple are the parents of Adalee, age 1.

Brad Dunlap teaches Junior High PE, Health, and coaches high school boys basketball. Before coming to Amboy, he spent two years as a grade sixth through 12th grade PE teacher at Warren High School, and one year as PE/Health teacher at Riverdale Middle School. He was also the head basketball coach at Warren High School from 2016-18, head boys basketball coach at Riverdale 2018-2019, and was also the junior high track coach at Riverdale 2018-2019.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 PE/Health from Wartburg College.

He is married to Ashley and the couple has one daughter, Adalee, who will be one on Sept. 21.

Vanessa Goslin is the Amboy Central Elementary and Junior High Art teacher.  Before coming to Amboy, she taught sixth through 12th grade at Putnam County Junior High and High School, one year at teaching Kindergarten through third grade at Bristol Grade School, and a half year teaching Kindergarten-Fifth Grade at Tonica Grade School.

“I am so happy to be starting a full-time K-8 Art position with Amboy,” Goslin said. “It’s a dream come true and only 15 minutes from home.”

She received her Bachelor of Science in Education-Visual Arts from Northern Illinois University in 2008. She also earned degrees from: Quincy University, ESL Endorsement in July 2019; Illinois Valley Community College Associate of Arts August 2005; and Art Institute of Phoenix AAS-Computer Animation December 1999.

She is married to Herbie Goslin, a retired Pharmacist. The couple has a Pug named Pippi, and a female fawn. They also have three nephews: Shea, age 10, Brogan, age 5, and Quinn, one month.

Faith Sachs is teaching Special Education at Amboy High School. Before coming to Amboy, she taught at Washington Elementary in Dixon, and was a self-contained, resource and behavorial special ed. 

She earned her Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Sauk Valley Community College, and her Bachelor of Arts Special Education from Western Governors University. 

She is married to Charles, and they have three children, Hope, age 18, Emily, age 12 and Samuel, age 4.

Ashley Platz is teaching sixth grade math at the Amboy Junior High. Before this position, she taught second-fourth grade math in Amboy, fourth grade at Montmorency, and math and English to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at St. Mary’s in Sterling. 

She earned her Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

She is married to Shawn, and the couple have a seven month old son, Brody.

Kaylee Jones is teaching fifth grade math and science. This is her fifth year teaching. She previously taught sixth-eighth grade math and science at St. Andrew in Rock Falls. 

She graduated with her Associate Degree from Sauk Valley Community College and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ashford University. She majored in Elementary Education with certifications in Middle School Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.

“I am excited to be back home in Amboy as teacher,” she said. “I loved growing up in the school district and had wonderful teachers. It’s my time to give back to the community by continuning Amboy’s legacy of producing great kids and I can’t wait to see where this year takes me. This year I also am coaching the Color Guard at the high school and I am truly enjoying the opportunity to work with such talented students.”

Emmie Henkel is teaching fourth grade math at Central School. Before coming to Amboy, she taught fifth grade in Dixon for five years. 

She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, and received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the American College of Education.

She is married to Ryan Henkel and the couple has three children, Ellie, age 5, Annie, age 3, and Jackson, 18 months. The couple are expecting baby number four in November.

Scotlyn Schabacker is teaching social studies to fifth and sixth graders. Before coming to Amboy, she taught middle school for two years.

She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and received a Middle School Endorsement from the University of Phoenix.

She is married to Kevin, and the couple have a two-year-old son named Peter.

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