Team 7 Black Teachers

Meet the Team 7 Black Teachers: Dawn Hubbard, Angie Powers, Erin Smith, Mecala Scholl and Jacob Stieb.

Education: B.S., Social Studies Major, Illinois State University, 1998 M.A.E.D., Teacher Leadership, McKendree University, 2010 Previous Teaching Assignments:Mrs. Hubbard previously taught at Highland High School in Highland, IL,Hinsdale South High School in Darien, IL, and Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL. 

Coaching Assignments: HMS Seventh Grade Girls' Volleyball Coach, and HMS Intramural Volleyball Sponsor Other School 

Activities: Box Tops Coordinator, Know Your Schools Committee Member, Project Pathfinder Sponsor, Pups Patch Manager, Co-Sponsor of Student Council, and Veterans Day Co-Coordinator Community Service:Supply The Troops Drive Organizer and Support ALS Drive Co-Organizer

Other Information:Mrs. Hubbard enjoys many outdoor activities, especially volleyball and landscaping. In her spare time, she organizes community volleyball tournaments for a group she co-founded called EVF. However, Mrs. Hubbard's greatest joy comes from the time she spends with her family and friends.

Mrs. Dawn Hubbard

7th Grade Geography

This is my
 19th year as a math teacher at Highland Middle School. I grew up in Highland and went on to receive my B.S. in Education with a Middle School endorsement at Eastern Illinois University (2001) and M.S. in Educational Administration at SIUE (2010).

I currently live in Highland with my two children, Logan (13) and Layna (10). In October, I will marry Mr. Chris Hartlieb, and gain two step-children, Geoffrey (24) and Hannah (22). Aside from teaching, I enjoy watching our children’s activities, cleaning/organizing, and spending time with friends and family.

Ms. Angie Powers

Gr. 7 Pre Algebra and Math

I have been teaching 7th grade Science at Highland Middle School since 1997.  I graduated from McKendree College in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.  I am Endorsed to teach Biological Sciences, General Science, Social Science, Botany, Zoology for students 6th -12th grade. 
In addition to teaching science,  I love coaching the cross country team, IMSA, Co-sponsor of Student Council and volunteering for a variety of school events. 

In my spare time, I enjoy running, walking, cycling, organizing, and spending time with my husband Justin and our 4 children, Meckenna, Gavin, Parker, and Anda.


Mrs. Mecala Scholl

Gr. 7 Science

Asst. Cross Country Coach

This will be my fifth year at HMS.  I have a BA in English from Purdue University and a MAT in Curriculum and Instruction from SIUE. In addition to teaching Language Arts, I am the yearbook sponsor and enjoy volunteering at HMS in various capacities.

I live in Highland with my husband, Donald, and our two children, Emma and Bryant. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family. My favorite activities outside of the classroom are reading, swimming, and running.

Mrs. Erin Smith

Gr. 7 Language Arts

This will be my first year teaching and I cannot be any more excited to start at Highland Middle School. I have lived in Highland my whole life and went through the Highland school system. I receive my Masters in Special Education from McKendree University in the spring of 2018. Before that, I received my Bachelors in Business Administration from Webster University in the fall of 2015.

I have coached the girls’ soccer team at Highland High School for four seasons now. This season will also be my third with the boys’ soccer team. I really enjoy coaching and teaching. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, being outside, and watching the St. Louis Blues.

Mr. Jacob Stieb

Gr. 7 Special Education