College Go Week Full of Aspiring Professionals

Go Week 2

 Teacher Marcie Duncan and Aide Elsa Willems with their students on "Dress for Your Dream Job Day."  
Go Week 3
Students dressed for success and ready to take on the world!  Shown are  (l to r - back row):  Tyler Conklin, Sophia Simmons, Jacob Siska, Vince Hoover, Nick Kostecka, and Jaden Oparka.  Front row (l to r):  Anna Rosinski, Brooklyn Blomquist, Carlo D'Onorio, Mattea Robertson and J.P. Driscoll. 
Our youngest scholars are already being introduced to the concept of higher education and all that it can do for them.  Helping the process of understanding the relationship between being what you want to be and college was one of several dress-up days that included, “Dress for Your Dream Job.”  

Second and third grade students had definite opinions on what they want to be, who inspires them, and how they can achieve success. 

“I want to be a veterinarian and a doctor,” said Brooklyn Blomquist.  “I hate to see people sad or sick and I know I can help them,” she added.   “It will take 9 years of college for me to be both,” said a confident Brooklyn who is prepared to study hard and achieve both of her dreams.

Jaden Oparka, a third grader is already participating in his dream career as a motocross racer.  “My Dad and brother both do it,” said Jason who knows how to ride and wore his racing gear to school.  Jaden’s heroes in the sport are Ryan Dungey and James Stewart. 

It was easy to spot the budding photographer at the school as a smiling Mattea Robertson appeared with a camera around her neck.  “I love taking pictures of people and putting them in scrapbooks,” said Mattea.  She hopes to own her own photography company someday and thinks two years of college might be enough to start her on the road to success. 

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You can almost see the future looking at kindergarten students (l to r):  Isabella Dondiego, Michael Smith, Matteo Lopez, Lily Novina and Logan Hayes.  
Mrs. Frey’s kindergarten class couldn’t have more adorable in their work attire.  Don’t mistake Isabella Dondiego’s outfit as chef’s clothing…she will quickly correct you and let you know she wants to be a baker, not a chef.  Michael Smith really wants to me a member of a SWAT team, but had to settle for a regular police uniform.  Logan Hayes wants to be an architect and was dressed for the part, complete with hard hat and clipboard to make sure things were being built according to plan.
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Teacher Renee McKinney had one student who not only wanted to be an educator, but wanted to be teacher, just like her… Kendall LaReau had the look, right down to the glasses and welcome badge Mrs. McKinney wears at the beginning of the school year.   

We wish our budding professionals the best in whatever career they choose and we’ll be here for the next few years of their education to help them along.

  Getting to Know Principal Walley


Melissa Walley brought many years of teaching experience to Lincoln Elementary when she first arrived as Assistant Principal in August of 2012. Mrs. Walley previously taught at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Chicago, as well as serving the School City of Hobart for thirteen years.  She became Principal at Lincoln Elementary in August of 2013. She is a native of Crown Point and continues to reside in her hometown with husband Dennis, two teenage daughters, Hannah and Ella, and her Pomeranian, Tessa.

Mrs. Walley earned a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet, a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. “I believe that one of the most important and exciting things an educator can do is to keep learning,” says Walley. She received the honor of the 1st District American Legion Department of Indiana Educator of the Year in 2016. 

She is an avid reader and brings her love of reading and learning to all of the students at Lincoln Elementary School, through events and activities such as the One School, One Book initiative. "For the past two years, this initiative has offered a book to each student to read together with their families. At school, we discuss the book, just like we talk about current events, movies, and video games. To date we have read The One and Only Ivan and Stuart Little. Both books have created new experiences and exciting memories for my students."

Introducing new initiatives and expanding learning opportunities for students are hallmarks of Melissa Walley's career and she continues to serve the Hanover School Corporation as one of its innovative administrators. 


  • September Dates To Remember


    September 30th - Immunization Grace Period Ends

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    The health and safety of Hanover students is one of our highest priorities.  Proof of appropriate vaccination/immunization(s) for all Hanover students is due before the student(s) first day of class.  If the required proof is not received by Friday, September 30th, student(s) will not be allowed to attend classes until proof is received.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our health care professional, Tiffini Mikulich at tmikulich@hanover.k12.in.us.  Thank you.

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  • One More Time!

    photo retake

    Picture Re-take Day at Lincoln Elementary will be Wednesday, November 2nd.  

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  • Student Resource Officer 
    In an effort to continue to provide and maintain a safe learning environment in the Hanover Community School Corporation, we have begun a School Resource Officer program.  This program will continue to establish positive ways of communication between students, parents, the community, and the school corporation.  If you have any pertinent information you feel is worth sharing that will help us on this mission, please contact us using the below email address.  All contact information will remain confidential and will only be used for the betterment of the Hanover Community School Corporation.

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  • Contact Info:

    Mrs. Walley
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3602
    Mrs. Trepton
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3601
    Mrs. Larson
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3612
    Medical Assistant/Attendance
    Mrs. Mikulich
    219-374-3600 Ext. 3603
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