Morton East Administrators

  • One Morton, One Family

    What we do at Morton East

    Our duty at Morton East High School is to provide a safe, enriched, and positive environment for our students, staff and teachers. Meet the Morton East administration team that are here to provide the best education for your students. GO Mustangs!

Principal

Mr. Jose A. Gamboa

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2318

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State University, Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts, School Leadership

Mr. Jose A. Gamboa

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!

Assistant Principal of Operations

Dr. Michael Parrie

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2326

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Loyola University of Chicago Doctor of Philosophy, Administration and Supervision Master of Education, Administration and Supervision Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Dr. Michael Parrie

Patricia Polk, Secretary, (708) 780-4000 x 2326

Welcome to Morton East High School! I am proud to be a Morton Mustang since 2003, having served as a science teacher, a curriculum and assessment director, and now as an assistant principal.  In my current role, I oversee attendance, registration, and the master schedule.  My goal is to provide an efficient school operation in which students learn best.  Aside from Morton, I serve as an adjunct professor at Concordia University of Chicago teaching master's and doctoral level educational leadership classes, as well as volunteer my time as a member of the Park Tower Board of Directors.  

 

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mr. Randall Borgardt

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2314

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science In Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Master of Arts In School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago

Mr. Randall Borgardt

Mariela Davila, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2315

I am very excited to be serving as Assistant Principal of Instruction and Student Activities for the students and families of Morton East and the community members of the Town of Cicero.  I’m extremely proud to be part of a team that has continued to see growth in the academic and athletic performance of and the extracurricular opportunities offered to our students.  We continue to raise our bar of expectations and our students, parents, and families continue to meet and exceed those expectations.  This is my This is my 14th year in education, 7th as an administrator and 5th as an administrator here at Morton East. I am extremely excited to continue my professional and personal growth in collaboration with all the stakeholders of Morton East.

Assistant Principal of Student Services

Ms. Carol M. Best

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2310

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Kansas – Bachelors in Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago- Masters in Social Work and Type 73 Certificate Dominican University- Principal Certificate Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Carol M. Best

 Rosalva Chacon, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2312

I am proud to work at Morton East High School.  I love the students, staff and community.  I worked as a Morton School Social Worker for eight years before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2016-2017.   Prior to working at Morton East, I worked as a DCFS Coordinator and School Social Worker in Chicago (for six years).  During that time, I obtained my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) certificate.  I learn from everyone at Morton, especially about perseverance and grace.  I believe the staff here at Morton are constantly finding innovative ways to ensure “All Students Succeed.”  My work is primarily implementing interventions, evaluating instruction, providing access to students with disabilities and providing professional development to staff regarding mental health, response to intervention and community awareness. 

Assistant Principal of Student Activities

Ms. JoAnne Rzadzki

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2223

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts, School Leadership University of Illinois-Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

Ms. JoAnne Rzadzki

I am proud to be a member of the Morton District 201 family and serve its community. I started in the district as a dean at Morton East, and am amazed as to how we use our resources as best we can to ensure that “every student succeeds.”  As an assistant principal, I strive to continue to see that all students can rise to their fullest potential by helping create an equitable learning environment in which our students will grow both educationally and personally.  Building relationships with students and community is a very important to me. Because of that, I am happy to be a part of the student activities team and connect with the community. This is my 17th year in education, and my 13th in administration.  Three of those have been at Morton, and I am excited to continue to work with our students and community. 

 

Lead Dean of Students

Mrs. Denise M. Gomez

Phone: 708-780-4000

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education History National-Louis University, Master of Education, Administration and Supervision University of Illinois at Chicago, ESL Endorsement

Mrs. Denise M. Gomez

As a proud Morton East alumni, I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to my community and to help make a positive difference in our students’ lives. Having been a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban school districts since 2005, I have witnessed the impact education has on the lives of all students and how it influences their preparedness to take on life after graduation, which is why I am fully invested in helping our students, who are now walking the halls I once did some years ago.
 
I have been a Dean of Students since 2016 and one of my goals is to make Morton East a safe haven for the community and a welcoming environment for current and future students. Through my work with students experiencing attendance issues, disciplinary problems, or academic struggles, I promote self-advocacy and encourage understanding of self so students can ultimately make better choices on their own. I also work in partnership with parents to help yield more positive outcomes for all.
 
I continuously strive to improve the lines of communication between students, teachers, and parents, so that they receive the highest quality of education and support here at Morton East High School. Being proactive in ensuring that “every student succeeds” is what my daily work entails so that students can persist through graduation. As Class of 2000 Morton East High School graduate, I am proud to say, “Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang!”

Dean of Students

Mr. Phillip Depa

Phone: 708 780 4000 ex 2218

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State University, Bachelors of Science (Physical Education and Health Education) Roosevelt University, Masters of Arts, Instructional Leadership (Principal Preparation)

Mr. Phillip Depa

I am excited to join the Morton East team as a Dean of Students. I have experience working with students K-12, and I always have one major goal in mind: making sure students are being the best versions of themselves. Prior to Morton East, I was a Physical Education Teacher at Irving Elementary in Berwyn South School District 100. I was fortunate to obtain leadership experiences as the District Health and Wellness Coordinator and the Physical Education Department Head. As a Dean, I will continuously strive to help students advance and create attainable action plans for success.

Dean of Students

Mrs. Megan Stachura

Phone: 708 780 4000 x 2208

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Indiana University – Bachelors in Social Work Loyola University – Masters in Social Work and Type 73 Certificate National Louis – Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mrs. Megan Stachura

I am excited to work at Morton East High School. As high school dean, I have one of the most challenging and yet rewarding jobs at Morton - I will be in a position to ensure that our students succeed and that they graduate. Prior to working at Morton East, I worked as a School Social Worker in a therapeutic day school – then as a School Social Worker in Berwyn South District 100; my education and experience as a school social worker will help me serve our students and their families well. I look forward to being a Mustang and to working with the Morton East staff, students and families to ensure the success of all students. 

Dean of Students

 Alicia Cook

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Mathematics - Trinity College Masters in Educational Leadership - Concordia Principal Endorsement - Concordia University

Alicia Cook

I have been a member of the Morton Family since 2014.  I am honored and excited to be the new Dean of Students at Morton East where I will continue to work with our students. I completed my Bachelors of Mathematics Degree through Trinity College and my Masters in Educational Leadership Degree through Concordia University in addition to my Principal endorsement.  I am a student-centered leader who believes that all students can succeed and achieve academic success in a safe and supportive educational community.

Special Education Coordinator

Mr. Richard Robilotta

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2333

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State University, Bachelors of Science: Special Education, K-12 Learning Behavioral Specialist (LBS1) National Louis University, Master of Arts: Career and School Counseling American College of Education, Master of Arts: Educational Leadership

Mr. Richard Robilotta

Welcome to Morton East High School! This year I will be assuming the position of Morton East’s Special Education Coordinator. Prior to this position, I’ve had the pleasure of being a special education teacher in the district for five years. Through a collaborative approach, my goal is to facilitate effective special education services so that all students have access to an appropriate learning experience. I take great pride in serving this community and truly believe in fulfilling J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 mission that “Every student succeeds.”