Peggy Seibring has spent her entire 33 year career in the Paxton and Paxton-Buckley-Loda school districts. Mrs. Seibring was born in Paxton and graduated from Paxton High School in 1982. She and her husband Richard have four children, Justin, Jase, Brad, and Jenna and 8 grandchildren.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” said Mrs. Seibring, “it just took me a little time to get there.” After high school Mrs. Seibring attended Parkland College where she received a degree in computer programming. After working several years, she decided to go back to college. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and began teaching in Paxton that fall.
Mrs. Seibring was hired as a second grade teacher at Clara Peterson and followed that class to 3rd grade. After 4 years she switched to 4th grade. Grade centers opened in the district in 1995 and fourth grade was transferred to Loda Grade School. After 10 years teaching 4th grade, Mrs. Seibring applied for the TItle 1 reading position. Loda Grade School closed in 2005 and fourth and fifth grades were placed at Eastlawn Grade School, which closed its doors in 2019. Mrs. Seibring has made it full circle and is now back at Clara Peterson finishing her 17th year as a Title I Teacher/Reading Specialist.
During her career Mrs. Seibring also furthered her own education. In 1996 she received her Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois with a concentration in reading. In 2014 she earned a second masters from Olivet University with a Master of Art in Education and a Reading Specialist endorsement. Also in 2014, Mrs. Seibring attained National Board Certification.
Mrs. Seibring supervised recess for numerous years, coached Jr. High and High school cheerleading, was a teacher mentor, student teacher mentor, and served on various committees over the past decades.
“My favorite memory from teaching is probably when I was in the regular classroom and we would plan and design themes for cross-curricular instruction. I think it made learning a lot more relevant and fun for the students. Each month was a different theme and we would incorporate all the subject areas in that theme. Several of my former students say our “trip” to Hawaii in January is one of their favorite memories,” Mrs. Seibring said. “In third grade I loved when we had the kids spend the night at school for “Late Night at Clara Pete”.”
“ I've been very fortunate to have great teams of teachers to work with at every level I've taught. We developed close professional and personal relationships and always had so much fun in and out of school!” Mrs. Seibring reflected.
“I am so thankful that we have had in-person learning this year, but I hate that my last year was spent social distancing and wearing masks,” said Mrs. Seibring. “It just wasn’t the same.”
The PBL School District would like to thank Mrs. Seibring for her service, dedication and loyalty to the PBL School District and the impact she has had on thousands of students’ lives. We hope she will enjoy her retirement and the ability to spend more time with her family, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.