Administrative Staff

Executive Director of Human Resources

Phone: 708.780.2106 (direct) 708 780 2800 x5714

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor in History- Bradley University M.Ed in Teaching & Learning- DePaul University M.A. in Instructional Leadership-Northeastern Illinois University.

Kathleen Kelly Colgan

Kathleen Kelly Colgan began her career as an educator at Lake View High School teaching Chicago high school students about History and the story of our world, our country and ourselves.  She later served in school and district leadership roles in several Chicago charter schools.  Prior to joining Morton 201, Kathleen served North Chicago District 187 as an Instructional Specialist before becoming the Director of Human Resources for the district.

Kathleen is committed to equity in education and has a passion for encouraging and facilitating the growth and development of teachers and school leaders through excellent human capital practices.  She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Bradley University, an M.Ed in Teaching & Learning from DePaul University and an M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.  Kathleen is proud to be part of the Morton family and to lead the Human Resources team!

Twitter @KathleenKColgan

Chief Financial Officer, District Treasurer and CSBO

Phone: 708.780.2800 ext. 5705 Direct: 708.780.2852 Cell: 708.329.9972

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Business Administration - Governors State University MA in Secondary Education (Business Education) - Roosevelt University MA in Illinois Principal Preparation (Chief School Business Official) - Concordia University

Dennis Forst

Dennis Forst first began his career as a restaurant management at the Original Gino’s East of Chicago after earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Governors State University.  Soon after, he obtained a Master’s in Business Education at Roosevelt University.  After twelve years of teaching business education, vocational education, and special education at Oak Lawn Community High School another Master’s in Education was earned in school administration with a Chief School Business Official focus. Prior to joining JS Morton High School District 201 as the Chief Financial Officer in August of 2020, he served as the Chief School Business Official at Darien Public School District 61. 

As Chief Financial Officer, the mission is to continuously improve the quality of financial services to all internal and external partners of the District through timely communication, accurate financial data, and effective use of resources.

Dennis is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Saint Francis and has three children with his wife Robyn where most of his free time is spent in little league baseball, softball, and soccer fields.

Fiscal Services Coordinator

Phone: 708 780-2800 x5027

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Benedictine University, BA in Finance

Michael Pustelnik

I have a degree in Finance from Benedictine University. I have worked in the District for the past 3 years. Prior to Morton, I was an auditor with the State of Illinois for the previous 10 years. My goals and the goals for the business office, is to provide all the necessary support to ensure every student succeeds. I have three wonderful children Emily, Michael and Daniel.

Director of Athletics and Student Activities

Phone: 708.780.4000 ext. 2513

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, MA in Educational Leadership Illinois State University, BA in Kinesiology and Recreation

Joseph Collins

I am proud to call myself a Mustang and the Director of Athletics and Student Activities. We believe that the sound development of the physical capacities of youth complements and enhances the intellectual, emotional, and social development of every student.  These opportunities are useful tools for the achievement of the goals of a comprehensive education.  Outside of my time at Morton I love spending time with my family, staying active with my three sons Jackson, Jude, and Jordan, listening to music!  I am excited for the upcoming school year and all of the athletic seasons.  Go Mustangs!

Director of EL and Modern Language

Phone: 708.780.2162

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Governors State University, MA in Educational Leadership De Paul University, BA in Secondary Education

Melody Becker

¡Bienvenido a Morton!  Es un orgullo ser parte de la comunidad Morton.

I began my career as an ELL and Bilingual teacher at Morton West and later at Morton East, where I served as the Lead Teacher.  The great experiences I have had with students and staff at Morton always inform my work as the director of English Learner and Modern Language Departments.  We believe that being bilingual and biliterate is an asset that our students bring to Morton.  We encourage students to develop their literacy in more than one language to promote understanding of themselves, their community and the world. 

 

Director of Career and Technical Education

Phone: 708-780-2800 Ext 5760

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Olivet Nazarene University, MA in Educational Leadership Illinois State University, BA in Business, Marketing and Computer Education

Eric Mastey

Welcome Mustangs!  My name is Eric Mastey and I am excited to continue as the Director of Career and Technical Education at Morton High School District 201.  Having several years experience within the district as a Dean of Students and Curriculum Director I also bring 6 years of teaching experience working with students in CTE.  I am strongly committed to providing students with opportunities to excel inside and outside of the classroom.  Students deserve every opportunity to build a 21st Century skillset that prepares them to be successful in and out of Morton.  I am committed to ensuring that every student succeeds and will embrace all former and future Mustangs! As we say, "Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang!"

Director of Computer Services

Phone: 708.780.2336

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Degrees and Certifications:

Robert Niedermeyer

 
Hello, as the Director of Technology for Morton 201 since 2011 with over 20+ years’ experience in technology, I am proud to be apart of the Morton family! Today’s technology is now the forefront of education!  Morton 201 uses technology as a tool to enhance the education of our students.  We strive to provide as many technology tools to our students as possible while keeping a watchful eye on expenditures. I am here to serve the students and assure that they are career ready as they strive to earn the certifications used in the technology field. My leadership has led the district to grow and have developed and implemented a long term technology plan for Morton 201, ensuring that technology purchases are aligned to an instructional vision as well as the district’s strategic plan and mission.

Director of English Language Arts and Media Services

Phone: (708) 780-7800, ext. 5041

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in English, DePaul University Professional Educator License in Secondary Education (English Language Arts), DePaul University M.Ed in Educational Leadership, DePaul University

James V. Monaco

Greetings! My name is Jim Monaco, and I am proud and excited to be entering my third year as the Director of English Language Arts and Media Services at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. I have fifteen years of experience as a high school English teacher and high school administrator in the Chicagoland area, many of those years spent working with students, adults, and community leaders to ensure our schools provide a rich learning experience for all students. Along with my English Language Arts and Media Services colleagues, I believe strongly in the power of reading and writing as transformative experiences. All students deserve opportunities to find their voices through authentic literacy experiences, and it is our mission at Morton 201 to make those experiences a reality. ¡Muchisimas gracias!

Executive Director of Student Services

Phone: 708.780.2800

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s in Psychology and Political Science (B.A.), DePaul University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), School Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Educational Leadership, National Louis University Educational Doctorate in Leadership and Administration (Ed.D.), Expected June 2023, National Louis University Educational Leadership & Administration Endorsement School Psychologist Endorsement Bilingual Special Education Endorsement Director of Special Education Endorsement

Corina Herrera

Hello and Welcome! Hola y Bienvenidos!

My name is Corina Herrera. I am overjoyed to join the Mustang Team this year as the Executive Director of Student Supports.

My vision for the department is to ensure that students of ALL ability levels and backgrounds receive the supports they need to succeed academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. You have my commitment to work collaboratively with all key stakeholders. My goal is to ensure that the important work of student supports is coherent and functionally accomplished across the district.

This year, I am entering my 10th year in education. I am currently a resident of Stickney, but I grew up in Chicago (Little Village, Back of the Yards, and West Lawn). I came into education with the desire to support marginalized students and families in securing more equitable educational opportunities and be self-reliant. I see myself in the students of Morton, and I want to make a difference!

Growing up, I experienced first-hand the impact of social injustices on students with disabilities, students of color, and students with emotional and behavioral needs. This called me into education. My own experiences with trauma, and a deep desire to impact change for marginalized communities, shapes my approach and style. I began my career as a bilingual school psychologist and in social emotional programming. Then, because I wanted to have a larger impact on student services, I took the opportunities of educational leadership as a Lead Clinician, Special Education Program Manager, Director of Student Supports, and most recently Director of Special Education. In these roles I have been able to impact student programming, policy and practices, teacher development, program funding, systems, and organizational culture.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve, but I am propelled by the impact made on the community. I look forward to partnering with you!

Director of Science

Phone: 708 780 2800

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Michigan State University: BA Telecommunications and BA Chemistry and Secondary Education Illinois State University: MS Chemistry Education Concordia University: MA Principal Preparation and Leadership

Eric Bjornstad

I first started my teaching career in Scottsdale, AZ at Desert Mountain High School Teaching Advanced Algebra and Geometry, and eventually AP Calculus. After working and living in Arizona for several years, I decided to  move to the Chicago area, where I was first introduced to the Morton family and began teaching my true passion here - Chemistry. Later I became employed at Lyons Township High School, where I taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry for the following decade. During that time I had the opportunity to further my educational experience as well as exploring the consulting side of education, working with  amazing teams of science teachers from various schools in Oregon, Southern California, Texas, and New York. Much of my work centered around developing and refining teaching practices related to formative processes, data analysis, and student outcomes. I was even able to share much the work on a national scale as an educational author, working with an amazing team of current and former educators across the country. I’m extremely excited to be back at Morton Schools as the Director of Science.
 
My vision is to foster the growth, development, and ultimately success of students across the district by empowering our incredible staff of science educators through collaborative innovation of our teaching practices. Go Mustangs!

Director of Social Science and Fine Arts

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History, Northeastern Illinois University Masters of Arts Degree in Education and School Leadership with Principal Endorsements.

Ricardo Garcia

I am excited to be a part of the Morton High School District 201 family serving as Director of Social Science and Fine Arts. Prior to becoming a Mustang, I served as Assistant Principal at the Chicago Math & Science Academy and most recently, as Principal of Aspira Haugan Middle School in Chicago. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History from Northeastern Illinois University and I possess a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Development and School Leadership with Principal endorsements.

I am looking forward to help change the mindset of our students as we work together to help them achieve their highest potential both academically and as individual members of the Morton Mustang community. 

Director of Mathematics

Phone: (708) 780-2867

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Illinois at Chicago, BA of Science in Marketing National-Louis University MA of Arts in Teaching and Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership

Mary O'Sullivan

Welcome to Morton. I've had the pleasure of being the Director of Mathematics for J. S. Morton High School District 201 since August 2009.  I have experience with K-12 Mathematics and Science curriculum as well as 11 years teaching experience.  I have presented at Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences, Connections Conference, NCLB Conference, Metropolitan Mathematics Club Conference, Western Illinois University Math Institute, and for the Chicago Teachers Center. I am also on the Steering Committee for the Math Department Heads of Western Chicago Suburbs (MDHWCS). and a member of NCTM, ICTM, ASCD, and ILASCD.

 

Director of PE, Health and Driver Ed

Phone: 708 780 2800 ext. 5039

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, MA in Educational Leadership Illinois State University, BA in Kinesiology and Recreation

Clay Reagan

I began my career twenty-one years ago as an educator at West Chicago High School teaching Physical Education and Driver Education. I later served as the Department Chair for Physical Education, Health, Driver Education as well as Assistant Athletic Director. I've also spent eleven years coaching football and baseball.  Prior to joining Morton, I served as the Division Head for Physical Education, Health and Driver Education at Oak Park and River Forest High School. 

I've earned my undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Driver Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. 

I'm committed to working with students and staff to develop healthy, lifelong habits.  I'm also excited to be joining the Morton family as we guide our students on their journey to meet their physical, social and emotional goals.  Go Mustangs!

 

Director of Innovation and Accountability

Phone: 708.780.2800

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in History/Secondary Education with an Endorsement in CTE from Dominican University Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from National Louis University

Samantha Skubal

Welcome to Morton! I have had the privilege of spending my entire career here as a Mustang. I began as a History teacher at the Freshman Center, and through my experience in the technical world and with 1:1, I became one of the first TSI teachers in the district, and was on many committees during the beginning stages of 1:1. After teaching TSI for a few years, I transitioned into my current role as Director of Instructional Technology. In this position, I hope to continue providing our students with equitable access to technology and the 21st Century skills that will help them thrive in a competitive post-secondary world.