Rebecca Lin Huller’s imprint is all around O’Fallon.
For starters, she is both a Brownie Troop leader and a Cadette Troop leader for the Girl Scouts. That’s just scratching the surface. Huller also volunteers as a Children’s Liturgy leader in the church and also helps coach a Jr. FLL robotics team.
That all? Not quite.
Huller, 40, belongs to the parent focus group at Laverna Evans Elementary school and has volunteered in previous years to help with the school’s Get Smart with Art Program.
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Needless to say, all these endeavors undoubtedly keep Huller extremely busy, but she would not have it any other way.
“I have always been interested in volunteering and using my talents to serve others,” Huller said. “Through my chosen profession (school psychologist and my community involvement I frequently am drawn to activities that help support children. Watching children learn and grow, seeing them ‘experience the world’ in a new way is rewarding. I like thinking that in some way I may make a difference in just one child’s life.”
That certainly has been the case with Huller’s Girl Scout involvement. She has worked as a Girl Scout leader in the O’Fallon community the past six years. Prior to this, Huller was a Girl Scout from 1st-12th grade, eventually earning the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.
“I enjoy working with kids of all ages,” Huller said. “It is especially rewarding to offer young girls new and innovative experiences that they may not otherwise have. Taking girls camping for the first time, helping them learn to build a fire, watching them as they try tree climbing and supporting them as they develop their own community service projects are intrinsically rewarding experiences for both myself and the girls. Watching the girls step out of their comfort zone and organize projects that involve bettering the school and the community is amazing. I have watched very introverted and quiet girls become energized enough about collecting needed items for an animal shelter that they have talked to community and school leaders to organize the event.”
Professionally, Huller has been a practicing school psychologist the past 15 years. She spent two years in the Collinsville School District and has worked 13 years in the Cahokia School District.
“I have always had an intense desire to help children and serve the community,” Huller said. “I especially like working with special needs children and helping teachers better meet the needs of students in their charge.”
Previously, Huller worked as an adjunct professor for McKendree University. Additionally, she worked as a group counselor for the Adoption Preservation program and as a Youth Advocate for runaway or locked out teenagers.
Huller graduated from Paul VI High School in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bradley University in 1996 and then her Master of Science in Educational Administration from McKendree College in 2008. Huller also earned an M.S. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1997. In addition, Huller has a Specialist Degree in School Psychology from SIUE (1999)
Huller and her husband Matt have been married 12 years. The couple has three daughters—Allie Huller, 11; twins Sarah and Maya Huller, 9; and adopted daughter Mariah, 8.
Rebecca Huller was born in Williamstown, N.J., and moved to Peoria, Ill., at the age of 18 to attend college. Next, Huller moved to Edwardsville where she attended graduate school before settling in Belleville while completing her school psychology internship in District 118. Upon marrying, Huller said she moved to O’Fallon where she wanted to raise a family.
The family has lived in O’Fallon 12 years.
“I am happily married to my husband and we have four wonderful children,” Huller said. “I believe that the children in our communities need good role models and I am grateful that you are seeking to spread the good news.”
Meet Rebecca Huller:
Do you have words you live by?
“People are more important than things.”
Whom do you most admire?
If you could spend time with a famous person—past or present—whom would it be and why?
“George Washington—I am always impressed with his portrayal as our first leader and wonder what his personality was like. When he crossed the Delaware river on Christmas Eve and changed the course of the revolutionary war, what was that like? Was it even his idea? So many questions I would like to ask.”
What is the last book you read?
“‘The Fault in our Stars.’”
What do you do for fun and relaxation?
“Camping, hiking and meditating.”
What’s the usual state of your desktop?
“My co-workers would tell you that my desk is an organized mess! They are constantly amazed at how on top of everything I am given my ‘piles’ are not just on my desk but on the floor and sometimes on others’ workspace”
What did you want to do career-wise when you were growing up?
“Be an attorney that prosecuted child abusers or be a teacher.”
What do you think is your most outstanding characteristic?
“I am dedicated to my family.”
What irritates you most?
“People that are judgmental without knowing all the facts.”
What type of music do you listen to?
“Country, Classical, Pop, Oldies, Broadway.”
What do you like the most about your job?
“Communicating to parents and teachers how they can best help a student who is struggling. I usually complete a series of comprehensive educational tests that provide insight into how a child learns best. I have been in meetings where parents are so happy to have ‘answers’ that they are moved to tears. It is truly a rewarding experience.”
What do you like the least about your job?
“Paperwork. I often spend so much time filling out state forms it takes away time I could be spending working with kids.”
If you were independently wealthy, what would you be doing?
“Volunteering to help abused and/or underprivileged children.”
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
“I used to do sprint triathlons and have run a half marathon without stopping.”
When they make the movie of your life, who will play you?
“LOL… no one is going to make a movie of my life. There’s not enough drama.”
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you have with you?
“Since I’m afraid of the dark I hope that I would have some light or maybe another person.”