Morton West Administrators

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

 Claudia Fernandez

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext: 3054

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

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

Claudia Fernandez

Shannon Konopasek, Administration Assistant

(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. Timothy Brodeur

Phone: 708.780.4100 ext. 3017

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, River Forest, IL Masters of Arts: School Leadership, 36 Credit Hours, 2013 IL Professional Educator License, General Administrative Certificate NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE, Naperville, IL BA: Art Education: K-12, Social Science Endorsement, Minor: Organizational Leadership, 2008 IL Professional Educator License, Visual Arts K-12, Major

Mr. Timothy Brodeur

Claudia Gonzalez, Secretary, (708)-780-4100 x3016
 
 
Welcome to Morton West High School! It is my pleasure to serve as the Assistant Principal for the Freshman Academy and Student Activities. In my role I work with all of our freshman families and the Freshman Academy Teachers to ensure that our freshman find academic success. I partner with our staff to ensure that our students have a full rounded high school experience through their participation in school dances, assemblies, student clubs and other special events. Prior to my time at West I was a fine arts teacher and a Dean of Students / Director of Student Life.  

Assistant Principal for Student Support and Student Activities

 Christine Simek

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts at Roosevelt University Educational Leadership, 2012 School Counseling, 2008 Community Counseling, 2006 Bachelor of Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Communication Disorders and Sciences, 2002 Minor in Psychology Professional Educator License (PEL) ~ License #: 1862787 Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) ~ License #: 178004468 National Certified Counselor (NCC) ~ License #: 214265

Christine Simek

I have been a proud member of the Morton West Family since 2009 serving the students and families as a Generalist Counselor, College and Career Counselor and the Counseling Department Coordinator.  There are many important decisions students are faced with during high school that will directly impact their future personal, educational and career goals, so I take pride in assisting our students in making those decisions and finding their path. I work closely with our counselors, social workers, psychologists, and support programs in order to implement interventions that impact the social emotional learning of our students, staff, and community.  Prior to my time as a school counselor I served as a child and family counselor in behavioral hospitals as well as for the Department of Children and Family Services.  Outside of school I love attending any Chicago Sports event, Go Cubs, and spending time with my husband, RJ, and three crazy kids, Parker, Cam and Dylan.

Lead Dean of Students

 Michael McGlennon

Phone: 708-780-4100 ext. 3056

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Eastern Illinois University, BS, Physical Education Concordia University Chicago, MA, Educational Leadership

Michael McGlennon

Welcome to Morton West High School! As the Lead Dean of Students at Morton West, I work with the entire school community to promote positive relationships and behavior within the building. I have been with Morton West since November of 2016, and I am excited to continue to grow and advance with the Morton 201 school community. I have been in education since the fall of 2007, and have been working in educational leadership since 2013. My background and experience are in teaching physical education, health, and driver education. I currently have a BS in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University, and a MA in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

Dean of Students

 Enrique Ojeda

Phone: 708 780 4100 x3050

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO Masters of Arts:Educational Leadership General Administrative Certificate LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO Bachelors of Science: Education-General Science Endorsement IL Professional Educator License

Enrique Ojeda

My name is Enrique Ojeda and I am excited and honored to be working as a Dean of Students at Morton West High School. This will be my first year with District 201, but I have worked in the surrounding communities for the past 6 years. I had received my Bachelors degree in Education from Loyola University and my Master degree from Concordia University. My goal as an administrator at Morton West is to provide our students with the safest environment possible, allowing them to grow and flourish.

Dean of Students

 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

Hrisi Sandravelis

I am very excited to join the Morton West school community!  This year I will be assuming the position of Dean of Students and am grateful for the opportunity to serve the students of District 201.  I will work closely with students, colleagues, and community members in order to maximize the potential of each learner.  Prior to coming to Morton, I taught internationally for seven years in Athens, Greece.  This experience helped shape my global perspective and I am looking forward to continued growth and progress as a Morton Mustang.  I aim to enrich the school community by providing consistent support in an environment that is conducive to social, emotional and academic growth. 

Biliteracy Coordinator

Ms. Denise M. Gomez

Phone:

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

Ms. 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.
Before my role as the Biliteracy Coordinator, I was a Dean of Students at Morton East High School since 2016. My goal is to support teachers, campus leaders, and administrators as means of improving the outcomes for English Learners in the implementation and delivery of the Dual Language model at District 201.

I strive to improve the lines of communication between students, teachers, administration and parents, so that our English Learners are appropriately placed in their programs and receive the highest quality of education and support here at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. 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!”

Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. 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

Mrs. Jennifer Pufpaf

 Ms. 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!