Two Rivers Reading Council OFFICERS
Christine Throop – President
Christine Throop is honored to be President of Two Rivers Reading Council. Christine has taught for 33 years, 31 years at Bradley District #61. She is currently a 5th grade teacher at Bradley West Elementary in Bradley, Illinois. Before joining 5th grade, she taught special education and Reading Recovery. Teaching kids to love reading is her number one passion!
On a personal note, Christine lives in Bourbonnais with her husband Bob. They have four grown daughters, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and one grandson on the way. Of course she cannot forget her teacup Maltese, Georgina and Pearl. Christine loves being a part of Two Rivers Reading Council!
Ashley Nogoda – President-Elect
Ashley Nogoda is honored to be the President-Elect for this year. Ashley is beginning her 2nd year of teaching 6th grade Language Arts at Manteno CUSD #5. Prior to becoming a Manteno Panther, Ashley graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Science, and Science.
Ashley currently lives in Bourbonnais and enjoys instructing Indoor Cycling classes at her Alma Mater, walking her collie, Casey, and brainstorming new ideas for her Middle Schoolers. Ashley believes that it will be a great year in Two Rivers Reading Council!
Julie Hanhart – Vice President/Membership Chair
Julie Hanhart has taught in the Kankakee School District for the past 27 years. She currently teaches third grade at Edison Primary School. Prior to joining the faculty at Edison, Julie worked at Taft Primary and Steuben Elementary School as a second and third grade teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, a reading specialist, a curriculum writer and a staff developer. She is passionate about reading and encouraging her students to grow into independent learners.
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University. She later completed a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and a Masters of Arts in Reading from Olivet Nazarene University. Julie holds a certificate as a Reading Recovery teacher and a Reading Specialist. She has served as Vice President of TRRC from 2011-12 and President from 2012-14, and looks forward to continued service as Vice President of TRRC for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.
Julie grew up in the Kankakee area and currently lives in Bourbonnais with her two daughters, Sarah and Savannah. Sarah just recently graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, and Savannah is a senior at BBCHS.
Kelly Dickenson – Secretary
Kelly Dickenson, lifelong reader extraordinaire, is beginning her second year as Two Rivers Reading Council secretary. She is currently a 5th grade teacher at Bradley West Elementary School, where she will be starting her 18th year in the 5th grade wing. In addition to 5th grade, Kelly has taught computer lab and Learning Explorers. She is extremely invested in incorporating technology into her teaching and loves fun and messy science projects.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Illinois, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Her Master of Arts in Teaching degree was obtained at Olivet Nazarene University.
Kelly resides in Bourbonnais with her husband Bill, two teenage daughters, and a big furry yellow lab named Kirby. In her free time, (when she’s not reading,) she likes to work in her garden or create works of beauty in her craft room. She is super-excited for another amazing year with TRRC!
Roxanne Forgrave – Treasurer
After 35 years in public education as a middle school language arts teacher (29 years) in Reddick and Dwight and a school library media specialist (5 years) in Dwight, Roxanne is currently a Professor of Education at Olivet Nazarene University. She teaches Children’s Literature and Language Arts/Social Studies methods courses. She is also the program coordinator for the Master of Library Information Specialist Program.
She is married to Mark, and has two married children, Jeff (son) & Sarah and Nathaniel & Andrea (daughter) are very supportive. Roxanne also has three adorable grandchildren, Zach, Aubrey, and Maggie.
Betty Chapman – Co-Treasurer
Betty Chapman lives on a farm outside Bonfield with her husband Mark, who farms and restores tractors. She has a son, who works at a gibbon sanctuary in South Carolina and a daughter who lives in New Mexico and is working on building her own adobe house.
Betty spent 16 years teaching art and preschool in the private schools. She is currently a librarian at the Bradley Public Library for the past 12 years where she started as head of the youth department and is now Outreach and Program Coordinator. She loves encouraging reading and helping the reluctant readers to find just the right book to instill that love. Art and sewing are her other two loves. This is her second year with the reading council and is excited for the new programs they are offering this year.
Sarah Hartman – Publicity Director
Sarah Hartman lives in Limestone with her husband Sean, fourteen-year old daughter, Rylie and a eight-year old daughter, Reese. Sarah has her A.A. and returning to GSU this fall to finish her English degree. She works for Bradley Elementary School District at Bradley West School since 2000 as the Media Clerk. Sarah has always been passionate about reading and promoting the love of reading and is very fortunate to be able to pass on a love for reading to over 400 students each week.
She has been a member of the Two Rivers Reading Council (TRRC) and the Illinois Reading Council (IRC) for the past eleven years and served as a building rep this past year.