Phone: 217-362-3350


Degrees and Certifications:

Associate in Elementary Education, Lake Land College, 2010 Bachelors in Elementary Education with Middle School endorsements in Math, Science, and Language Arts, Eastern Illinois University, 2012

Mrs. Samonds


I'm Heather Samonds and I am excited for my first year at John's Hill Magnet School. This is my fifth year teaching. I spent the last four years at Stephen Decatur Middle School teaching 8th grade math and algebra. I am very passionate about math education and breaking down concepts to their basics. In science, I love being able to explain why the things we see in our everyday world work the way they do!

I am originally from Sullivan, IL where I graduate in 2002. I spent a year at Western Illinois University studying law enforcement followed by 2 years at Lake Land College studying radio and TV broadcasting. I took a break from school and entered the work force until I could find my passion. through work with the Junior Achievement program, I discovered that was teaching, specifically with middle school students. I returned to Lake Land in 2009 and earned my Associate degree in elementary education. I then transfered to Eastern Illinois University and earned my Bachleor in elementary education with middle school endorsments in math, science, and language arts. I am currently live with my husband Brett, my son Davey, and our three fish.