Mrs. Thoel is the new kindergarten teacher this year. She previously taught kindergarten at Mascoutah Elementary School and joined the OGS staff last year while teaching fourth grade. When asked why she made the change, she said “I have had a lot of experience in Kindergarten, and I love the littles.” Mrs. Thoel has 10 years of experience in Kindergarten. She said that the biggest change from 4th grade to kindergarten was the independence of the students. “4th grade was amazing in the aspect of independence, so adjusting back to the littles where they depend more on an adult is a big change. It is a new level of teaching for anyone.” She does plan to continue teaching kindergarten, as she loves everything about it.