Staff Spotlight: NBHS Class of 2004

BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- Among the more recent graduates of NBHS working at North Boone, are three graduates of the Class of 2004: Kim Crull, Cindy Kastning and Krystal Kniep. Mrs. Crull is a NBHS Cheerleading coach. Ms. Kastning is the district’s bookkeeper and Ms. Kniep is a fourth grade teacher at Poplar Grove. She is also currently coaching cheerleading.

Kim Crull nee Vermett graduated from Lewis University with a major in public relations and journalism minors. Jake Hubert, NBHS principal stated “Mrs. Crull has been a wonderful addition to our coaching staff. She has stepped in during a time of need and is always a positive role model for the young men and women involved in cheerleading.”

Krystal Kniep graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in education. Dr. Sharon Olds was able to share her thoughts about Ms. Kniep over time, “It has been a joy watching Krystal grow from a 3rd grade elementary student to an outstanding teacher. The fact that she decided to give back to the community in which she was raised is a testament to her character.”

Cindy Kastning graduated from Augustana College with an accounting degree, but after several years as an accountant, decided to return to education. She student taught with Denise Bussie last spring. She received her master’s in teaching from Aurora University at that time. Ms. Kastning mentioned two favorite teachers; “Mr. Stivers who really made writing “click” for me, and it helped tremendously in college” and “Miss Budzynski really made her classroom feel like a community where even the shyest student (me!) felt comfortable.” Rhonda Boeke states, “Cindy is a joy to work with. She is always gracious, supportive and willing to help out when needed.”

Ms. Kniep has two favorite memories. First, it would be choreographing and performing our senior lip sync during Homecoming. We dressed up as Snow White and the 7 dwarfs. This must have been a fabulous skit as Ms. Kastning also mentioned it as a high point in her NBHS experience; she was Dopey! Secondly, Ms. Kniep remembers, “playing basketball my junior and senior year of high school. I miss our fun team nights and pranking our coaches.”

Ms. Kniep states the best part of her job at North Boone is the “Light Bulb Moment.” I love seeing my students make a connection and figure something out for the first time. It’s a beautiful sight and that is what teaching is all about! Mrs. Crull feels the best part of her job is “I love seeing the enjoyment the kids have when they accomplish something new or something they have been working on perfecting.”

Mrs. Crull wants you to know her “day job” is at All World Machinery Supply in Harvard, IL. and she truly love it there. She does sales, marketing and social media. She is married to Kyle Crull, a NBHS graduate of the Class of 2002. They have a two year old son, Evan and her parents (Art and Diane Vermett) and in-laws (Brad and Kerry Crull) all graduated NBHS as well.

Ms. Kastning’s parents, Brenda and Chuck work on a Capron dairy farm. Her older brother, Scott, is a physician’s assistant in Michigan. Her younger sister, Mary, is currently at UW-Platteville and her brother, Brian, is working on the family farm.

Ms. Kniep would like you to know that she is recently engaged to her amazing fiancé, Zach Jole. They are planning an August 2013 wedding. Her parents, Kent and Teri Kniep, live in Poplar Grove and they both work at Poplar Grove State Bank. Her older sister, Nicole, and her twin sister, Jenna, live and work in Manhattan, New York. Her younger brother, Kyle, is a NBHS sophomore.
When asked what she would want the community to know, Ms. Kastning stated, “North Boone is a great school. I loved the small class sizes, it made everyone feel like a big family!” Of course, many already know that!

North Boone Community Unit School District 200 serves approximately 1800 students in pre-school through high school in the Villages of Caledonia, Capron and Poplar Grove as well as the northern tier of unincorporated Boone County, Illinois. For more information visit the NBCUSD website at or contact the district office at 815-765-3322.