Welcome to Carl Sandburg Elementary School!

Carl Sandburg Elementary

Meet Our Principals!

Mrs. Abigail Mahaffey is from Northbrook, IL where she attended school K-12. She then came to Charleston to attend EIU from 2009-2013. While at EIU, Mrs. Mahaffey was a member of the track and field team focusing on pole vault. She student taught at Mattoon Middle School and then accepted a job at Charleston Middle School teaching 8th grade reading and language arts. She taught at CMS for 6 years. While teaching at CMS, Mrs. Mahaffey coached middle school cheerleading, was the student council sponsor and coached high school boys' track.

During her time teaching at CMS, Mrs. Mahaffey completed her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education while earning a Reading Endorsement as well. Once she completed this degree, she was fortunate enough to begin her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, which she finished in 2020. Mrs. Mahaffey served as the Carl Sandburg Assistant Principal from 2020-2022.

Abbie Schmitz

Principal Abigail Mahaffey

Mrs. Beth Anne Morgan was born and raised in Flora, IL. She earned her Associate's Degree from Lakeland College and then her Bachelor's Degree in Education at EIU. Mrs. Morgan taught one year at Charleston High School before moving to Charleston Middle School where she taught math for 15 years. During this time, Mrs. Morgan completed her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at EIU. She spent time coaching middle school and high school basketball, softball, and volleyball.

Mrs. Morgan is married to a Charleston graduate, Nick, and they have four children, Audrey, Wyatt, Jack, and Piper.

Beth Anne Morgan

Assistant Principal Beth Anne Morgan

1924 Reynolds Dr.
Charleston, IL 61920


(217) 639-4000

(217) 639-4005

Office Hours:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Kendel Bays & Lisa Robbins

Staff Members

Carl Sandburg Staff

CSES Daily Schedule

School Hours

For a full listing of the school's hourly schedule, print the school hours handout. It includes the schedule for:

  • Regular school days

  • 2-hour early dismissals

  • 2-hour delayed starts

  • Half-days

District Calendar

The official District Calendar lists all student attendance days, holidays, early dismissals, teacher institutes, etc. for the entire school year.

The At-A-Glance calendar is a condensed version for convenience.