8th Grade - Team 1

Marsh Boomer - United States History

College:  Oklahoma State University (BS in Secondary Education - Social Studies)
Years at Madison:  5
Total Years Teaching:  28
Club:  Culinary Club

Personal:  "I was born on a mountaintop in Tennessee. My earliest memories are bear hunting with my kinfolk. My service in Vietnam was cut short when I was dishonorably discharged for lying about my age (I was only 7). I met my wife, Sharon Jean, while we were both racing midget cars in Paducah, KY. We currently enjoy living in our houseboat on the Caney River with our two sets of quintuplets (what are the odds, right?) and a CRAZY assortment of rescue pets."

Tonya Knollmeyer - Earth Science

College:  University of Missouri - Rolla (Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering)
Years at Madison:  3
Total Years Teaching:  9
Club(s):  Walking Club, Science Olympiad

Personal: Mrs. Knollmeyer graduated from University of Missouri – Rolla where she played basketball for the Miners! Upon graduation she moved to Ponca City and worked as an engineer with Conoco along with her husband. Soon after, her family was transferred to the Lake Charles, Louisiana refinery and stayed there for 23 years. She began teaching 9 years ago – an interest she has always wanted to pursue. Her areas of interest are all maths and sciences! Mrs. Knollmeyer is married to Tim and they are the proud parents of two daughters – Tori (23), a chemical engineering student and basketball player for Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and Lydia (15), a sophomore at BHS. When not at school you can't find Mrs. Knollmeyer because she is chasing Lydia all over the country for volleyball!

Lori Shelley - Math

College:  University of Kansas
Years at Madison:  4
Total Years Teaching:  8
Club:  Card Playing Club

Personal:  Mrs. Shelley has lived with her family in Bartlesville for 18 years.  She has a B.S. in math education and is a graduate of the University of Kansas.  She has taught various subjects in math at Ponca City Alternative Center and at Bartlesville Mid-High.  Mrs. Shelley and her husband, Adam, have three children: Emma is a junior at BHS, Maddie is an eighth grader at Madison, and Abby is a third grader at Wayside.  In her spare time, she likes to garden, sew, and exercise.

Chris Van Steenvoort - English/Language Arts

College:  Oklahoma State University (Bachelor's in English)
Years at Madison:  11
Total Years Teaching:  20
Other Responsibilities:  English Department Building Coordinator, Leadership Committee, NJHS Sponsor
Club:  National Junior Honors Society

Personal:  Mrs. Van Steenvoort, otherwise known as Mrs. Van, grew up in Pierre, South Dakota, but has resided in Oklahoma for over 30 years.  Her family spent a year in Indonesia and a year in Houston, but they consider themselves Okies.  She has been teaching English for twenty years, eleven at Madison Middle School and nine at West Middle School in Ponca City.  She loves teaching, and her students steal her heart.  Mrs. Van likes camping with friends, quilting, and pink office supplies.  She is married to Alan and has two grown sons, Luke and Jake.  Alan and Chris now live with their unsophisticated but entertaining toy poodle!  In her free time she loves to swim in her backyard, quilt with friends, read/listen to books, and spend time with friends and family.  If you are looking for Mrs. Van, just search for the PINK!!