Mr. Williams

My name is Eddie Williams and I am the Principal at Carl Sandburg Elementary School.

I grew up in Shelby county, before transitioning back to Coles county. My wife and I are both in the educational field, with our two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, music, sports, and being outside.

I attended Lake Land College where I received my Associate’s Degree, before transitioning to Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading and language arts. Along with my degree, I was able to receive endorsements in social science, and general music. I taught in Mattoon for 10 years, after completing my student teaching there. As I taught, I coached many sports such as basketball, volleyball, and track.

I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership from Eastern Illinois University. I was hired in 2018 at Charleston CUSD # 1 as the Assistant Principal at Charleston Middle School and Jefferson School. Along with the Assistant Principal roles, I was also the Athletic Director at Charleston Middle School. In 2019, I was hired as the full time Assistant Principal at Jefferson School. As that year progressed, an opportunity arose to join the team at Carl Sandburg, and I was ready and willing to take on the principal role there.

Carl Sandburg is a great school, where our goal is for every student to grow in leadership. Through the student’s academic, and social-emotional journey from 1st grade to 3rd grade, the administration and staff at Carl Sandburg are ready to serve our students and families.

                                                          Ms. Schmitz

My name is Abbie Schmitz and I am the Assistant Principal at Carl Sandburg Elementary School.

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

During my time teaching at CMS I completed my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education while earning a Reading Endorsement as well. Once I completed this degree, I was fortunate enough to begin my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, which I finished in 2020. I am very excited to join the Carl Sandburg family!