Impact Of Lincoln D.A.R.E. Program Reflected In Student Essays


Lincoln Elementary student Alyssa Neally chats will Hanover Schools Superintendent Tom Taylor at the June meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Alyssa was one of three winners of the D.A.R.E. Program essay contest.  Lincoln students, Yumi Baer and Ally Holtcamp were also recognized.

D.A.R.E. Essay Contest winners from Lincoln Elementary were introduced to the Hanover Community School Corporation Board of Trustees by Lincoln Principal Melissa Walley at the June Board meeting.  Principal Walley is an enthusiastic supporter of the D.A.R.E. Program and thanked Lake County Police Officer Jori Molina who served as the D.A.R.E. Officer for Lincoln Program. 

 “Jori does a wonderful job and goes above and beyond with the kids,” said Principal Walley.  “She really stresses how she is another person the kids can turn to in addition to their families, their teachers, the counselor and myself.  She really forms a relationship with them in a very short amount of time.”

 As Principal Walley identified the names of the contest winners, she noted;  “I’m glad I didn't have to pick the winner because the things that the kids write about the D.A.R.E. Program really warm your heart.  You can tell how much effort they put into it (writing the essays), from their handwriting, to the decorations they put on the page, to the content of the essays, it shows how important D.A.R.E. is to them.”

 At Lincoln, one winner from each 5th grade class was chosen by a panel of Lake County Police Officers.  Winners included Yumi Baer, Ally Holtcamp and Alyssa Neally.  



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 is a native of Crown Point and continues to reside in her hometown with husband Dennis and two daughters, Hannah and Ella.

Mrs. Walley earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University Calumet. “I believe that one of the most important and exciting things an educator can do is to keep learning,” says Walley. 

She is an avid reader and brings her love of reading and learning to all of the students at Lincoln Elementary School. “I want the very best for Lincoln Students.  I believe that all children can achieve success with appropriate support, and should always feel successful as they learn and grow.” Mrs. Walley’s distinctive approach to leading and learning has brought unique opportunities to Lincoln students where dogs teach manners, gorillas encourage kindness and smiles are found in hallways and classrooms. You can follow the adventures of Mrs. Walley and her students on Facebook!


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