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Team 7 Black Teachers

Meet the Team 7 Black Teachers: Amanda Holcmann, Dawn Hubbard, Angie Powers, Bria Richter, Erin Smith and Mecala Scholl

B.A., Special Education Major, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2002 M.Ed., Elementary education, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2009 I began my teaching career at Highland Middle School in 2002. I have taught special education since 2003. My husband’s name is Chris and he works at Cooper B-Line in Troy. We have three children: Trent,  Madelyn, and Brayden. Outside of school I enjoy exercising, shopping, reading, and spending time with my family.

Mrs. Amanda Holcmann

6,7and 8th grade Special Education Teacher

P.A.W.S Team

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, 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 17th 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 and Layna.  Aside from teaching, I enjoy watching my children’s activities, cleaning, walking, and spending time with friends and family.

Ms. Angie Powers

Gr. 7 Pre Algebra and Math

Mrs. Bria Richter

Gr. 7 Special Education

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, 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

Mrs. Erin Smith

Gr. 7 Language Arts

8th Gr. Softball Coach