21ST CENTURY PROGRAM

The YMCA 21st Century after school program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

This program serves students in the Rock Falls School District 1st grade through 8th grade

Dillon: 1st – 2nd Grade-Book Buddies and Homework Club.

Merrill: 3rd – 5th Grade- Homework Help and STEM

RFMS: STEM, Drama, and Art

Our program serves Rock Falls students, 1st grade through 8th grade. The children also get to read the same stories as in their classroom to help echo the comprehension skills. This is one of the many great benefits of having school day teachers as teachers in our after-school program.

Meet Our Staff

Jackie Tichler is the Program Coordinator for 21st CCLC.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and English and Master of Arts in Organizational Management all received from Ashford University. 

She oversees program operations for our three 21st CCLC sites in regards to program development and implementation, staff development, and fiscal management for the grant.

Anna Mohr is currently a freshman at Sauk Valley Community College and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.  She has worked at the YMCA in our Youth Programs for a little over a year.

Kelly Norman has a bachelor’s in finance and a master’s in college student personnel: higher education leadership. She received both from Western Illinois University. At RFMS she works on college readiness and tutoring with the students.  She loves reading in her spare time!

Jennifer Masini has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from NIU and a Master’s Degree in Best Curriculum Practices from National Louis University. She has taught at Dillon School for 27 years.

Abby Cox is a first grade special education teacher at Dillon Elementary School in Rock Falls. This is her ninth year teaching and fifth year in this district.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

Faith Morrison graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, with a bachelor of fine arts in fashion design. She brought her love of sewing and theatre back to her hometown, and with her business partner, she costumes about a dozen shows a year. She directs the fall, spring and summer show at Woodlawn and has been with us since 2011. She also works as an office assistant and glazier as well as runs her own custom sewing and alterations partnership, FASH Design

Paula Garcia graduated from Sauk Valley Community College, Ashford University, and the American College of Education with a Master’s and specialization in ESL.  She has been employed by Rock Falls District 13 for 14 years and part of 21st CCLC for 7 years.  She has lived in Rock Falls her entire life, has two sons, four grandkids, and two dogs.  Paula loves spending time with her family and friends..

Abbie Habben grew up in Milledgeville and attended Northern Illinois University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She is in her 4th year of teaching 2nd grade at Dillon Elementary School.

Lynsey Prescott is in her 3rd year of teaching first grade at Dillon. She will be getting married in June, so next school year she will be Mrs. Jensen!

Tara McFarlin is the 4th grade special education teacher at Merrill!  She grew up in Cary, IL with 3 older siblings and parents.  She graduated from Illinois State University in 2018, so this is her second year of teaching! She loves to spend time outside hiking and running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family! 

Katie Swegle is the 3rd grade special education teacher at Merrill. She was born and raised in Dixon and moved back after college to be close to her family. She really loves working with children and seeing the progress they make. 

Pip Lucas received his bachelor of fine arts in studio ceramics and art history in December 2013 from the University of Northern Iowa.  He began teaching at Woodlawn in 2017 and enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge of ceramic arts with his community.

Laurel Darby is a Western Illinois University graduate. She has been employed by Rock Falls School District 13 for the past ten years where she teaches middle school science.

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