Morton West Administrators

  • One Morton, One Family

    What we do at Morton West

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

Morton West Principal

Ms. Kristina Cavanaugh

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext. 3011

Email:

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

Lynn Ostapczuk, Secretary

(708)-780-4100 x3010

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.

Assistant Principal of Operations

Ms. Claudia Fernandez

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext: 3054

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Science: Secondary Education, Family Consumer Sciences

Ms. Claudia Fernandez

Shannon Konopasek, Secretary

(708).780.4100 x3045                                          

Welcome! It is my pleasure to serve as the Assistant Principal of Operations at Morton West. I have been a proud member of the District 201 Morton family since 2011!  Highlights of the Operations position include overseeing registration, enrollments, student records, scheduling, and building concerns.

Prior to becoming an Assistant Principal, I taught Culinary Arts in the Career Technical Education (CTE) department at Morton East and had the privilege of being the Head Varsity Poms Coach for eight years. In 2018, I transferred to Morton West to begin my administrative journey as a Dean of Students. I am beyond excited to be serving the students, staff, parents, and community of Morton West. I look forward in helping fulfill the districts vision and mission by helping students succeed and providing opportunities for our students that will empower them to be productive members of our global community.

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mrs. Amanda Torres

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext. 3020

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Upper Iowa University Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Mrs. Amanda Torres

Desiree Galvez, Secretary

(708).780.4100  x3019

I am excited to be entering my fifth year at Morton West!  This year I will be entering the role of Assistant Principal of Instruction.  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the students of District 201 in this new position.  I will continue to collaborate with teachers to strengthen, not only our academic curriculum, but our social-emotional learning as well.

 
Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, I served as the Lead Dean of Students at Morton West.  I am proud of my time in the Deans' Office and cherish the times I spent guiding our students towards a life of citizenship and happiness.  During my 16 years in education, I have strived to help each student become a successful contributor to their community. 
 
I am looking forward to another great year in District 201!

Assistant Principal for the Freshman Academy and Student Activities

Mr. Matthew Dugan

Phone: 708.780.4100 ext. 3017

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University of Chicago Master of Arts, School Leadership St. Xavier University Bachelor of Arts, History

Mr. Matthew Dugan

Claudia Gonzalez, Secretary
 
(708)-780-4100 x3016
 
It is an honor and privilege to be serving as the Assistant Principal for the Freshman Academy and Student Activities here at Morton West.  I started working in the Morton District in 2016 as a Dean of Students at the East Campus and was immediately impressed with the dedication of the staff in helping students achieve their goals.  As an Assistant Principal, I strive to work with staff members to ensure that all of our students succeed and that they have the best high school experience possible.

 

Assistant Principal for Student Support Services

Mr. Michael Jacobs

Phone: 708 780 4100 ext. 3054

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Michael Jacobs

As a proud Mustang family member I could not be more motivated and confident as an educator to come to work everyday for the young students of Morton West High School. I was an Adapted PE teacher and head boys soccer coach for 12 years before I became a dean and now the Assistant Principal of Student Services here at West.

My passion and motivation for student services has always been a caveat in schools that I find great value in. Seeing that students have resources, services, information and knowledge for any situation they encounter both academically and personally. I will work with teachers and staff on professional development, SEL in lesson planning along with providing a collaborative relationship with the guidance, social workers and school psychologists at Morton West. I am very grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to what is to come.

Lead Dean of Students

Ms. Hrisi Sandravelis

Phone: 708 780 4100

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Eastern Illinois University Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies Minors: Business Administration and Pre-Law Studies National-Louis University Masters of Arts in Teaching Area of Concentration: Secondary Education IL Professional Educator License George Mason University Masters in Educational Leadership VA Professional Educator License

Ms. Hrisi Sandravelis

Welcome, Morton West Community!  This year I will be assuming the position of Lead Dean of Students and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the students of District 201.  I work closely with students, colleagues, and members of the greater community in order to maximize the potential of each learner.   It is my goal to continue promoting student success by facilitating a safe environment that conducive to the social, emotional, cognitive and academic growth of students.  To accomplish this goal I utilize a variety of resources, community partnerships and restorative justice practices.  I look forward to another productive and exciting year! Go Mustangs!

Dean of Students for the Freshman Academy

Ms. Aimee Dayhoff

Phone: 708 780 4100

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Spanish from Vanderbilt University Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Ms. Aimee Dayhoff

¡Bienvenidos! I have been a proud member of the Morton West Family since 2014. I am very excited for the opportunity to serve our students and families in my new role as a Dean of Students.

Prior to becoming a Dean, I taught Spanish in the Modern Language Department for six years. I also had the privilege of being the Head Varsity Cheerleading Coach, as well as a co-sponsor for the Student Athletics Activities Leadership Team (SAALT). In my new role as Dean, I aim to foster a positive school environment that allows students to grow academically, socially and emotionally. I currently have a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Bachelor of Science in Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Dean of Students

Mr. Jose Arreola

Phone: (708) 780.4100 Ext. 3056

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago

Mr. Jose Arreola

I began my professional career at District 201 as a mathematics teacher at the Morton Freshman Center and six years later, I am now excited to assume the position of Dean of Students here at Morton West. As a former graduate of the Class of 2007, I am looking forward to working alongside our dedicated staff to provide students the academic, social, and emotional support to become exemplary role models for their community. My goal as dean will be to implement restorative practices to promote good decision-making and personal responsibility for all students. “Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang!”

Dean of Students

Ms. Megan Holub

Phone: 708-780-4100 ext. 3050

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Illinois State University Master of Arts, School Leadership from Concordia University of Chicago

Ms. Megan Holub

Hello Mustangs!  I am very excited to begin this year as Dean of Students at Morton West.  I have been a Mustang for quite some time now.  I taught Mathematics at Morton East for the last 13 years.  I am also a proud 2003 graduate of Morton West. 

I feel honored to have the opportunity to serve our students in this role.  I enjoy working closely with students and teachers to help achieve student success.  I hope to ensure a positive and safe school environment where students are able and ready to learn.   It is great to be back at West this year and I am eager to work with the entire Morton community! 

Special Education Coordinator

Ms. Jennifer Pufpaf

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext. 3733

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Science: Special Education, K-12, Learning Behavioral Specialist. 

 Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts: Educational Leadership IL Professional Educator License, General Administrative Certificate

Ms. Jennifer Pufpaf

 Angela Duran, Secretary

(708).780.4100 x3724.

Welcome to Morton West High School!  I have had the pleasure of being an administrator at Morton West High School since 2016.  I started my educational career in January 2008 as a Special Education teacher and began my administrative career in 2016 as a Dean of Students at Morton West.  In my eight years of teaching, I worked with students ranging from five to twenty-one years old with a variety of disabilities in both the public and therapeutic day school setting. At Morton West, we provide an entire continuum of special education services.  We have programs ranging from adaptive skills instruction to resource services.  I will work closely with the students, staff, parents, administration, and community members to ensure that students receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrict environment.  My focus will be to support students who require special education services to become a productive member of society by supporting them in achieving their individual post-secondary goals.  I look forward to a successful and wonderful year!