Teacher of the Year
7th/8th Grade English Language Arts
Roanoke-Benson Junior High School
Kyle graduated from ISU in 2014 with a degree in middle level education and endorsements in Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. He has taught at Roanoke-Benson Junior High School for the past five years, starting in the fall of 2014 as the 7th and 8th grade ELA teacher. Since then, he has been teaching 7th grade language arts, 8th grade literature, 8th grade computer science, and an early finance/digital skills explore class. Kyle is currently working to finish his graduate work in teaching and learning at Illinois State University and will receive a masters degree this summer. In addition to teaching, he has enjoyed coaching the 7th grade basketball team, 6th-8th grade boys track team, assisting with the boys baseball junior high team and high school summer legion team, and acting as the FCA sponsor throughout his five years at Roanoke-Benson. JA has been a part of the explore classes taught by Kyle for the last three years, and over half of the student population has been fortunate enough to take part in JA Economics for Success® or JA It’s My Future® with instruction from their classroom volunteer, Tina Wilson. Thanks to Mr. Fellner and Mrs. Wilson, students at Ronaoke-Benson have learned numerous financial skills related to earning, spending, and saving, as well as explored future careers and associated skills. These invaluable skills have kickstarted a passion for finding careers they’ll love and prepared them for a successful future in an incredible way.