Team 7 Red Teachers

Meet the Team 7 Red Teachers: Mindy Bernal, Rebecca Braundmeier, Dawn Bruno, Kelly Coziar, Cordean Jones.

B.S. Biological Sciences in Education
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1991
M. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction
Action Research Thesis: Team Building and Cooperative Learning in the Classroom
National Louis University, 2000   

Attained administration certificate (Type 75) in December 2013 at SIUE. 
Participating in IMSA Summer Camp and IMSA Fusion Program.  Will be teaching
Testing and Measurement at Greenville College during Fall of 2014.
Mrs. Bernal has instructed in YMCA Day Camp programs, Pre-K at Magic Building Block and teaches adult classes at the Belleville YMCA. Mrs. Bernal volunteers at church and enjoys designing jewelry, scrapbooking and having fun with her family.

Mrs. Mindy Bernal

Life Science Instructor

Rebecca Braundmeier is the Geography teacher on 7R. . She is a Highland school district Alum and is really excited to be back in the district as a teacher.  She received her Social Science Teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University and completed her student teaching and a year of subbing in the Chicagoland area, then moved back home to start teaching.  Outside of school, she spends her time as the youth director at her church. She loves working with kids of all ages and looking forward to a new school year working with 7th graders. 

Ms. Rebecca Braundmeier


B.S. Elementary Education, Major, Endorsed in Middle Level Language Arts and Social Science
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1985 
Graduate level studies in Middle Level Education - Maryville University, Cardinal Stritch University, and   
Greenville College.

Mrs. Bruno has experience teaching in Memphis, TN, Ft. Myers, FL, Ballwin MO, Waxhaw, NC, and Beloit,WI prior to returning to her hometown of Highland. She volunteers at her church and her children's schools. Mrs. Bruno enjoys reading, exercising, social networking, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family.  She enjoys country music and old time rock and roll!

Mrs. Dawn Bruno

7th grade Language Arts Teacher 

Assists with tutoring program at HMS.

B.S., Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsement, math and social studies, SIUE, 2000.
Student Teaching: Columbus Elementary, Edwardsville, IL, 2000
M.A.Ed., Classroom Instruction, Maryville University, St. Louis, 2005.
National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescent Math, 2006 

Mrs. Coziar enjoys playing volleyball, learning how to golf, reading, playing card games and board games, and spending time with her family.  She is also a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Mrs. Coziar loves watching her kids play sports, as well.  She listens to country music and Mrs. Coziar has 3 children and enjoys traveling and going on fun day trips with them and her husband.

Mrs. Kelly Coziar

7th grade Math/Pre-Algebra Instructor

IMSA Fusion Sponsor
VIP Committee Member
Internet Safety Team Member
JAVPAAK Camp Counselor
Project Lead the Way Certified Teacher

Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Behavior Specialist, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1991.

I taught at Coordinated Youth and Human Services in Granite City, Illinois for three years. 
My husband and I have taught Sunday school and bible school for many years. I have volunteered for a variety of events at my local church. I served on the hockey board for MVHA for two years as secretary, and served as team representative for various sports teams. I enjoy camping, boating, swimming  reading. I like to go to concerts and to the movies. I also enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with family.

Mrs. Cordean Jones
Special Education/Resource
After school tutoring teacher
JAVPAAK Camp Counselor