Chelsea Brayton, Math/ Psychology
I am excited to start my position as one of the math teachers. I will be teaching Pre Calc, Algebra 2, and Psychology. I also have two math labs.
Donald Collier, Business
Don Collier From Martinsville, IN, been an educator for 17 years. Bachelors of Science in Business Education and Masters in Business Administration, both from Indiana State University. Future Business Leaders of America Advisor.
Juli Dorton, Art
I am the Jr. High and High School Visual Arts Teacher. I have a masters in Art Education from Ball State University. I enjoy all forms of art, with my specialties being drawing, painting and illustration. I am looking forward to promoting the art program and involving our students in various exhibitions. I can't wait to see what our students can accomplish. My husband and I have recently moved here from Muncie, Indiana and we have three children.
Andrea Eggleston, Special Ed
Mrs. Eggleston comes to us from Michigan. She will be teaching special ed for grades 7-12. She is also coaching volleyball and basketball. She has a fifth grade daughter and a second grade son. She loves to run and loves her Michigan State Spartans.
Dan Erbaugh, Physical Sciences
Mr. Erbaugh came to us from Garrett where he taught Chemistry for 8 years. He enjoys science as both a hobby and a vocation. He enjoys reading scientific things. He enjoys yardwork, gardening and bicycling. He also enjoys being with his family and his dog. He also enjoys politics. He graduated from Ball State with an BA and University of Tennesee MS.
Allen Hill, School Counselor
Mr. Hill has been in education for 35 years. He comes to us from Yuma, Arizona where he was school counselor for 16 years. He has three daughters who live in Arizona and Washington. He enjoys outdoor activities such as golf and running.
Julie Hirons, Language Arts and JH Science
Hello! My name is Julie Hirons and I am the new junior high science and high school language arts teacher. For those of you how know me, I live in Hamilton and have three daughters, McCartney, Maggie and Leela who graduated from Hamilton Community Schools. I have a husband, Jeff, two son-in-laws, Andy and Zach, and now a grandmother to two lovely granddaughters, Clare and Nora. We are very family oriented and spend a lot of time together.
For the past 22 years, I have owned and operated North Star Daycare. I am proud of all the children that I have taken care of in Hamilton. I graduated from Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 2012 and have had several long-term substitute teaching positions at both DeKalb Central and Prairie Heights.
Have many hobbies that include our farm, Victory Farms and raising produce. I enjoy running and spending time on Hamilton Lake.
I am very excited about this school year and look forward to seeing many students that I know as well as building new relationships.
Matt Holcomb, Health and PE
My name is Matt Holcomb and I am excited to be coming to Hamilton Community Schools. I am originally from the area as I graduated from Prairie Heights. After high school I attended the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. After graduating with my Bachelors from USI, I accepted a teaching position at Paoli Community Schools where I taught for 2 years. At Paoli, I also was very active in coaching where I coached Varsity Football, Girls Basketball, and Softball. I will also be the Head Girls Basketball coach here at Hamilton and I am extremely happy to have the opportunity. I will be teaching P.E. across all grades here. Feel free to contact me at any time through my school email. Thanks
My name is Christy Howard. I am from Angola, Indiana and have lived in Hamilton the past 11 years. I have 3 children, 3 bunnies, 1 cat, and 1 dog. I graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Bachelor of Arts degree and just recently finished my Masters degree from Ball State University in Special Education. I have worked at Hamilton the past two years as an instructional assistant and I am thrilled to be teaching elementary and high school art this year! I have been married for 11 years. My husband and I also have a farm ground in Dekalb and Steuben counties growing wheat, soybeans, and corn. I enjoy camping with my family, gardening, decorating, and creating artwork.
I grew up in northeast Indiana where I attended Eastside High School. I was active in FFA, DeKalb’s Voice, National Honors Society, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Baseball. After high school I attended Bluffton University where I majored in Middle Childhood education with concentrations in math and social studies. I also play basketball while I was there. The last two years I have been at Franklin County Indiana where I taught middle school math. I am excited to be teaching social studies here at Hamilton because it really is a passion of mine. My dad and I raise around 50 head of beef cows.
Rebecca Travis, Language Arts
I'm Becky Travis and I'm excited to be a new English teacher here at Hamilton Jr./Sr. High. Here are some fun facts about me:
I'm a huge geek. I love Doctor Who, Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, you name it!
I love love love love reading.
I speak near-fluent German.
I have the world's cutest small children.
I am ready to whip you into fighting shape for the rest of your writing and reading careers!