Morton East

Phone: 708.780.4000 x2314


Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, Master's in Educational Leadership & Admin. Illinois State University, Bachelor's in Secondary Education

Mr. Jose A. Gamboa, Principal

Sharon Helma, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2318

Mirian Gonzalez, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2320

As Principal of Morton East High School, I am very excited about the education your child will earn throughout their time.  I take great pride in serving as part of the administrative team responsible for ensuring that ALL students have access to a learning environment fulfilling Morton High School District 201 mission that “Every Student Succeeds” in a safe and welcoming environment.  I started as a social studies teacher at Morton East High School in 2001, served as a dean of students for two years and as an assistant principal of instruction and student activities for six years.  Serving this community at the historic Morton East High School is both humbling and a great honor.  It is a challenge that I look to take on every day! 

District History:

History Teacher > Dean of Students > Assistant Principal > Principal


Morton West

Phone: 708.780.4100 x3017


Degrees and Certifications:

Saint Xavier University, Bachelor of Arts- Social Science in Secondary Education Saint Xavier University, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Ms. Kristina Cavanaugh, Principal

Lynn Ostapczuk, Secretary, (708)-780-4100 x3010

Elizabeth Perez, Assistant Secretary, (708) 780-4100 x3012

Welcome to Morton West High School!  As your new Principal, I am looking forward to leading our school through a growing partnership with students, staff and families, and the broader community. I truly believe that creating an atmosphere of trust and cooperation amongst all stakeholders is paramount in supporting our students as they work to achieve their academic, social and career goals---in a safe, caring and responsive environment.

I began my professional career at Morton Alternative School as a teacher of Social Science for eight years before joining the administrative team at Morton West. Once at Morton West, I served two years as a Dean of Students, and then became Assistant Principal of Operations for the following nine years. This year I embark on my new journey as Principal at Morton West. Going forward, I will encourage our entire staff at Morton West to value the dignity and uniqueness of each individual student. I am committed to providing a positive, safe and supportive environment for students to engage in all aspects of the school community, develop responsible citizenship and the value of lifelong learning. I am honored to be a career Mustang and a member of the District 201 family. 



Morton Freshman Center

Phone: 708.863.7900 x1213


Degrees and Certifications:

Lewis University, Certificate of Educational Leadership The University of Illinois at Chicago, MA in Social Work The University of Illinois at Chicago, BA in Social Work

Mrs. Wendy Mullen, Principal

Angelica Salto, Secretary (708)-863-7900 x1214 

The Freshman Center is committed to providing a supportive, personalized learning environment in which students can develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Our small school learning community will provide opportunities for students to make wise choices, achieve their highest potential, and respect themselves and others while actively engaging in the 9th-grade experience as they begin the process of transitioning to Morton East High school.




Morton Alternative School

Phone: 708-222-3080 ext 4010


Degrees and Certifications:

National Louis University, Doctorate in Educational Leadership Benedictine University, Master's in Educational Leadership & Admin. Carthage College, Bachelor's in English Language & Literature

Dr. Erin Kelly, Principal

Erika Medina, Secretary, 708-222-3080 x4011

To quote Shakespeare literally… “The wheel has come full circle.” Many years ago, I taught English at the Alternative School for four and one half years and after that I transitioned to administration as a Dean of Students at Morton West and then moved to positions as an Assistant Principal at both the West and East campuses in various capacities for six years. During my residency at Morton East, I filmed a documentary during which several families opened up their homes to me to speak about their personal struggle. Now I am back to where my career at Morton began serving as the Principal of the Alternative School. I strongly believe the measure of who we are is how you react to things that don’t go the way we would have wanted. My students’ stories about their journey that led them to the Alternative School have humbled me, but more importantly, have helped me to grow as a leader.  I am so proud of all of the students I have come into contact with who have found reliance in adversity and have learned not to take failure personally. 


District History:

English Teacher > Dean of Students > Student Activities Director > Assistant Principal > Principal