Middle School

Chris Antonsen – Literature and Writing Workshop – has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Folklore Studies from Western Kentucky University, and a PhD in English from Ohio State University with joint emphases in Folklore Studies and American Literature. He has been a college professor, the founding managing editor of a small academic publishing house, projects manager and grants writer for the National Foreign Languages Resource Center, a web-delivered database developer, and a scout leader. Mr. A is the proud parent of two Countryside alumni.

Rich Morton – Social Studies – came to us seven years ago after returning from teaching 6th grade at Modern Knowledge Schools in Juffair, Bahrain, where he taught World History and Reading and coached boys’ volleyball. Mr. Morton earned his Bachelor’s degree in History with Secondary Education from the University of Illinois as well as his Master's in Education Policy with a specialization in Global Studies. In addition to teaching middle school Social Studies, he is also Countryside’s girls’ basketball and volleyball coach.

Marty Stambaugh – Science – taught middle school Science at Urbana Middle School for nine years and served as the on-site coordinator for University of Illinois secondary education students who were student teaching at UMS. Having completed 22 graduate credits beyond her M.Ed., Ms. Stambaugh has taken advantage of numerous workshops, seminars, and courses to develop her interests in science education and related areas, as well as conducting various workshops herself. This is her twenty-first year at Countryside and thirty-first year in teaching.

Tara Santiago – Math – grew up in Puerto Rico. She has a B.S. in Computational Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a teaching assistant for calculus and several math courses geared towards aspiring elementary school teachers. In addition, Ms. Negrón-Santiago has worked as an SAT instructor and as a pre-calculus and calculus tutor.

Ikro Joe – Math – received his B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Illinois. As a research scientist at Kim Laboratories, he worked on pathogen detection sensor development, and he founded biotech firm EnvirGen Inc. For the past five years, Dr. Joe has tutored students in all levels of high school math. In addition he teaches test prep for the SSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT Subject tests, and the calculus, biology, and chemistry AP courses.