Seventh Grade

For core classes, seventh grade is split into two teams, red and gold. Each team includes a teacher for English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies, as well as a Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1).

Lauren Mellott

Lauren Mellott ~ ELA

My name is Lauren Mellott. I graduated from EIU in 2020 with a degree in Middle Level Education. I live in Charleston with my dog, Teddi, and am looking forward to another great year!

Julia Beabout

Julia Beabout ~ Math

HI, I am Ms. Beabout and I am excited to be part of the 7th grade red team this year! I am thrilled to be your math teacher! It will be a year full of learning and exploring the best part of your day, math. I have spent the last five years teaching sixth grade and I just graduated from EIU with my masters degree. I have two daughters, who attended Charleston Schools, and five grandkids. I am looking forward to helping you become an awesome mathematician this year!

Jessica Stranz

Jessica Stranz ~ Science

I love teaching at Charleston Middle School! I teach Science for the 7th Grade Red Team. I am thrilled to have you in class this year. We will have some fun and learn LOTS. I graduated from CHS in 2000 and EIU in 2004. My husband and I are both locals - actually high school sweethearts. I have a son and a daughter (twins) that attend CHS. We all live in the country and enjoy being outside and spending time with our dogs.

Dalton Veach

Dalton Veach ~ Social Studies

This is my first year at CMS and my first year as a teacher! I couldn’t be more excited. I have had a love of social studies for as long as I can remember. I look forward to meeting you all! I graduated from Marshall High School in 2017 and continued my education at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. I currently live in Casey.

Mr. Veach's Social Studies Webpage

Chloe Pitts

Chloe Pitts ~ LBS1

Molly Bickford

Molly Bickford ~ ELA

Doug Kanouse

Doug Kanouse ~ Math

Hello! My name is Doug Kanouse (rhymes with house or mouse). I am a 7th Grade math teacher at Charleston Middle School. Outside of CMS, I teach part-time at Lakeland College. My hobbies include movie-watching, playing board/rpg games, and watching sports.

Esther Lutz

Esther Lutz ~ Science

Michael Pitcher

Michael Pitcher ~ Social Studies

Hello, my name is Michael E. Pitcher. I started teaching at Charleston Middle School in 2019. I started my career in education in 2007 after graduating from EIU. I grew up on a farm in Cumberland County until moving to Charleston in 2007. I have taught 4th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade in Paris, Casey, and Charleston. I have a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education and a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership with a Principal Endorsement and an Evaluation License. I am a huge sports fan, Go Cubs. I love cooking, music concerts, adventure, and even Star Wars. I am an extrovert who loves history! Let's learn about the past together, so we can make a better future, TOGETHER!

Mr. Pitcher's Social Studies Page

Lexi Claerhout

Lexi Claerhout ~ LBS1

This is my first year as a teacher! I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Special Education from Eastern Illinois University in May 2022. I am continuing my education at Eastern Illinois University by working towards receiving my master's degree in Special Education.

Danielle Rook

Danielle Rook ~ LBS1