Hi, I'm Tim Allard and it's my distinct privilege to be the superintendent of Calhoun Community High School. This is my 7th year at CCHS and my 30th year in Education. If I were to offer one piece of advice to our students it would be to always persevere. You probably found our school because you had some sort of setback at your traditional school. Nevertheless, you are here. With good attendance and hard work you can earn your diploma. Never give up! One of my favorite quotes on perseverance states, "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." - Charles Spurgeon
19 years experience, my favorite quote is "God helps those who help themselves and others", advice I have for students is: Better to set goals that are achievable and feel success than to set goals too high and feel like you haven't succeeded.
School/Home Liaison, Parapro
Miss Curtis lives in Battle Creek and is a social worker. She is the Home School Liason at CCHS, and will be focused on building relationships with students who are struggling with attendance and engagement. Her advice to students is to find out what your strengths are, and be kind to yourself always. Miss Curtis spends her free time taking care of her 2 dogs and 4 cats. She works so she can afford pet food and lint rollers. She also likes to make up her own words to songs, and she likes to play goofy instruments such as the kazoo and nose flute. (Google it!) Her favorite quote for herself and others is:
Hello, it is with great pride that I tell our community that I work for Calhoun Community High School. This is my 7th year as a crisis counselor. I am licensed through the State of Michigan as a Licensed Practicing Counselor, my undergrad is from Western Michigan University (Row The Boat) and my graduate is from Spring Arbor. Advice I'd like to share with students is that no one can ever take your education away from you, no matter how hard they try it will always be yours. My favorite quote is from Mother Theresa, "Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are."
I am a WMU Alumni. Go Broncos! I went to Spring Arbor University for my Masters Degree in Counseling. I have been working with youth of all ages for about 5 years now. I have worked as a youth development worker, a behavior specialist, a career specialist, a case manager, and now I am your Guidance Counselor! My advice to students is: Small progress is still progress. Avoid comparing your path to others, we are all on our own journey. The key is to keep moving forward. If you believe, then you will achieve! "Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." - Anonymous
I'm Mrs. Reid and I have been lucky enough to be Secretary at CCHS with the wonderful Mrs. Wilsey. Before I worked here, I was a Veterinary Assistant at a local Animal Hospital. I loved working with animals and have found that I equally love working with the kids at this school. I am not a product of Alternative education, but I do feel like I connect with the students that attend this school. I had no idea what I wanted to do 'when I grew up'. My biggest piece of advice is to graduate and try college. Go to KCC. Get your Associate's Degree, be respectful, and WORK HARD...Just do it! Even if you have no clue what you want to do, even if you think college is not the place for you. It will get you everywhere in life. I've had several different jobs in several different professions. The experience I've gained in every job I've had is unmatchable. Don't give up and don't settle for $12/hr. Be the best you. Oh, and remember..."Your respect for others will be your ticket to success".
2016-2017 was my first full year at CCHS, after working for Lakeview at the elementary level for 5 years. My favorite things to do are read and do yoga. Advice I have for students is to actively listen during conversations. If you're always trying to think of what to say while someone else is speaking, you're not really listening. My favorite quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Hello my name is Derek Elliott. I have taught full time for 7 years. I have worked in Arizona on the Navajo Nation and in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The advice I would like to share with students is that you will never know if you can succeed unless you try and putting forth effort is the first step in being motivated. Education is a key that can unlock so many opportunities that would be closed without it.
Biology and Chemistry
I have been teaching at CCHS for 18 years, 22 years overall. My advice to students is to think of your life like a big puzzle. The piece you are on now is important, but you still need to think about how it fits with the rest of the pieces. A favorite quote of mine is "The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg - not smashing it." - Arnold Glasow
My name is Tiffany Harris and I am the Resource Room Teacher and After School Success Teacher here at Calhoun Community High School. This is my 3rd year here at CCHS, but my 18th year as an educator. I am also the director and founder of a non-profit organization aimed at helping teens and young adults through a website called www.dreambiglivebig.net. I have always been and will always be about fostering the growth of young people, to help you see that you can do absolutely anything you set your mind to do. One of my favorite quotes, "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve." by Napoleon Hill really says what I think best...if you can think it...you can do it! Have the audacity to dream big! If you ever need any help with your classwork or need to talk, feel free to find me 🙂
English and Social Studies
I've been in education for 12 years. Advice I'd like to share with students is to remember why you're here, stay focused on your success. My favorite quote is "All that glitters is not gold, all that wander are not lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Hi, I'm Rebecca Learman and I'm so happy to be welcomed to Calhoun Community High School. This is my 3rd year at CCHS. The best advice I can offer is to try everything. Katie Lime, the founder and designer of Moira K. Lime Jewelry said, "If you don't try, there's no opportunity to succeed." Oftentimes trying can be terrifying especially when previous attempts end in failure, but if you don't try again (or be willing to take a risk) you are allowing yourself to fail. Congratulations for choosing CCHS, because in choosing us you have chosen to try. In choosing us, you have closed the door on failure and opened the window for success. Continue to try every day in every class, every job, every relationship, and every adventure. Make a commitment to never be afraid to try. You will be amazed at how successful you can be!
I've been a teacher since 2000. Advice I'd like to share is from Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." My favorite quote is "A year from now you will wish you had started today." -
Hi, my name is Laurie Ruhstorfer and I teach 10th and 11th grade English here at Calhoun Community High School. This is my 3rd year at CCHS and I absolutely love it! One piece of advice that I'd like to give our students is getting your diploma is like eating an elephant. You come to your classes everyday, you do your best work, and you participate actively each quarter. After a while, you will have completed all of your class work, gained all of your credits, and earned your high school diploma! You see...you eat your elephant one bite at a time! My favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau, and it expresses why many of you are here. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which hears, however measured or far away." We all see life differently, but achieving and reaching your goals in a different way is ok, as long as you do your BEST!
This is my 2nd year at Calhoun Community High School as a Resource Teacher. My most important words may be "I believe in you!" So lean in and borrow from my BELIEF in YOU until you see that you can succeed! Success happens one step at a time! Then as Dr. Suess says, "Oh, the places you'll go!"