Mr. Christopher McGraw

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Master of Science, Ed. - Educational Administration Master of Science - Art Education Bachelor of Science - K-12 Art Education; Emphasis in Painting Certified Trainer on Restorative Practices, IIRP RAND American School Leader Panel Member

Mr. Christopher McGraw

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Mr. McGraw was raised in the Quad Cities, attended Alleman Catholic High School, and graduated from Illinois State University.  After college, he spent two years in Jacksonville, Florida working on the University of North Florida campus.  In 2006, Mr. McGraw began his career in Unit 5.  First, he was on staff at Chiddix Junior High School for eight years.  He taught 6-8th grade Visual Art and Digital Media, coached Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field, and sponsored the Chiddix Art Company, as well as the Chiddix Student Council.
 
In 2014, Mr. McGraw became the Associate Principal and Athletic Director of Evans Junior High School.  After three years in that position, he was blessed to become the building principal of Evans.  Mr. McGraw feels blessed to be the building principal of Eagle Nation! 
 
Mr. McGraw and his wife have four beautiful (and energetic) children: twin boys, a daughter, and a son.  He loves spending time with them while they draw superhero pictures, day dream, build Legos, and explore the world!
 
IN JUNIOR HIGH 
 
Mr. McGraw's favorite school subject was Literature and Composition.  He was the shooting guard for the basketball team and ran for both the cross country and track teams.  He was also president of the Student Council.  Mr. McGraw also started a garage band named, "Purple Skunk!" 

Ms. Melinda Miethe

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Master of Science, Ed. - Educational Administration Certification - Transition Specialist - LBS-2 Bachelor of Science - Special Education

Ms. Melinda Miethe

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Ms. Miethe grew up in Danville, Illinois.  She attended Danville Area Community College and Eastern Illinois University majoring in Special Education (LBS1) K-12 grade with an endorsement in Reading.  Ms. Miethe’s first position out of college was at Danville High School as the ACT prep teacher, then went on to build a Special Education Alternative School within Kenneth D. Bailey Academy. While teaching, she continued her education by getting her Master’s in School Administration from Eastern Illinois University.  After moving down to the Bloomington-Normal area after teaching in Danville, Illinois for eight years, she pursued her administration career as an Assistant Principal at Livingston County Special Services Unit in Pontiac, IL. Just last year she was afforded an opportunity to join the administration team in McLean County Unit District No. 5, working at Cedar Ridge Elementary for a semester and moving to the secondary level at George Evans Junior High School.
 
Ms. Miethe spent the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year as the Assistant Principal at Cedar Ridge Elementary school, and the second semester as the Associate Principal and Athletic Director at Evans Junior High!  This will be Ms. Miethe’s first full year in the position.
 
During her free time, Ms. Miethe enjoys spending time with her two children, reading, shopping and traveling whenever she gets the chance.
 
IN JUNIOR HIGH
 
Ms. Miethe's favorite school subject was Math.  She participated in Choir, Volleyball, Track and Basketball.

Mrs. Rachael Hernandez

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Master of Science, Ed. - Educational Administration Master of Science, Ed. - Reading Bachelor of Science- K-12 Spanish Education K-12th Spanish 5th-8th- Social Sciences K-4th- English as a Second Language K-4th- Bilingual Education- Spanish Pre-K-12th- Principal

Mrs. Rachael Hernandez

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Mrs. Hernandez grew up in Normal, Illinois and graduated from Calvary Baptist Academy in 2003. After high school, she went on to attend college at Olivet Nazarene University where she was blessed to meet her husband of 13 years, Shawn Hernandez. Mrs. Hernandez graduated from ONU Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Spanish Education in December of  2006. After teaching high school Spanish at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, IL., working with middle school bilingual students in Kankakee, IL., and instructing ESL in Peoria, Mrs. Hernandez started her career in Unit 5 in the fall of 2011 when she, her husband, and their two young boys (at the time) moved back to the Bloomington/Normal area to be closer to family. She served as a Teacher's Assistant at Cedar Ridge Elementary and then moved over to Normal West Community High School the following year to provide interventions to high school students. In 2013, Mrs. Hernandez was hired as a Spanish Teacher at West. During this time she and her husband added two more wonderful boys to their family (Yes, you read this right, Mrs. Hernandez has FOUR wonderful, active, curious, loving sons). She completed her Master of Reading at Illinois State University in August of 2015. For the past 4 school years, Mrs. Hernandez served as the Foreign Language Department Chair at Normal West and taught Spanish 2, Spanish 4 and Advanced Placement (college level) Spanish. 

After working as a teacher leader for a few years, Mrs. Hernandez’s decided to serve Unit 5 families in a new capacity, as a principal. After finishing her Administrative Internship at NCHS this past spring, Mrs. Hernandez graduated from ISU with her Master of Science in Educational Leadership in May of 2019. She was recently honored and blessed to be hired at Evans Junior High as the new Assistant Principal. She looks forward to working with all the students, staff, and families of Eagle Nation.  

Mrs. Hernandez enjoys spending time with her family (including her 4 boys and 3 nephews) and friends on the lake, consuming Mexican food at all her local favorite restaurants, reading, attending her church’s Sunday services, and sipping a well made drink from Starbucks. She loves all things blue and her passion is to share her love of the Spanish language and culture. Her all time favorite painting is Guernica by Pablo Picasso. 

IN JUNIOR HIGH

Mrs. Hernandez’s favorite classes were pre-algebra and Spanish. She played basketball and threw shot put and discus for the track team. She enjoyed traveling on mission trips with her youth group; including Mexico, which led to her love of Spanish. Mrs. Hernandez rode four wheelers with her friends in the countryside and could often be found on the couch curled up with a good book.