This will be Mr. V's sixth year at Mokena Elementary! Prior to being a part of the Mokena 159 family, he attended Illinois State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education Teacher Education from the School of Kinesiology. While at Illinois State, Mr. V played on the Men’s Hockey team. During his time on the team he was an Assistant Captain and was also a part of the leadership committee. The last two seasons the team made National Championship appearances where they finished 3rd in the nation during the ’12- ’13 season and 13th in the nation during the '13-'14 season. Mr. V has over 20 years of playing experience and 9 years of experience being a coach where he is currently the assistant JV coach at Providence Catholic. Mr. V also holds endorsements in Driver Education through Olivette Nazarene, his Learning and Behavior Specialist: Level 1 through University of St. Francis as well as a Secondary Health Education endorsement through Northern Illinois University. Mr. V enjoys being active and loves teaching his students on the variety of ways they can be lifelong users of physical activity.
Andy Boss is very excited to begin his second full year teaching at Mokena. In December 2017 he graduated from Trinity Christian College with a major in Physical Education and started working here at Mokena in January 2018. While at Trinity Mr. Boss ran cross country for 2 years and track and field for 3. Also while at Trinity, Andy started coaching football. He coached for 3 years at Chicago Christian High School and also coach’s basketball and track at Mokena Junior High. Mr. Boss loves being active and playing sports as well as sharing that passion with his students.
Steve Hippleheuser began teaching in Mokena in 1993. He is a graduate of Lewis University with a major in Elementary Education with minors in Physical Education and Fine Arts. Mr. Hippleheuser also has a Master in instructional technology from Concordia University. He has a diverse background in sports with competitions as wide ranging as martial arts, power-lifting, and even arm wrestling. He has coached Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, and Football teams. His family participates in a wide variety of sports including tennis and his son being a part of Northwestern Men’s Fencing including their 2015 USACFC national championship team. Mr. H. brings the philosophy of giving students a wide range of experiences in Physical Education.