Jennifer Tyrrell

Phone: 708-671-3110

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Jennifer Tyrrell

Principal

Jen Tyrrell was named Principal at Sandburg High School in 2018. She comes to Carl Sandburg from Stagg High School where she has taught, coached and served as an administrator since 2005. She began as a Physical Education Teacher, served as Division Chair for five years and led as Associate Principal for Instruction for the past four years.

Jen is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Loyola University. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Lewis University, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology-Sport Management and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, both from Western Illinois University.

 Brian Klene

Phone: 708-671-3114

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Brian Klene

Associate Principal

Mr. Klene joined Sandburg's administrative team as Associate Principal in July 2012. He joined the school from Lockport High School where he served as Dean of Students and Activities Director. He also served as Interim Department Chair for Social Science and taught American Government and Economics. He earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis, an Administrative Certificate from Governors State University and a Bachelors in Social Science from Eastern Illinois University.

 Derrick Smith

Phone: 708-671-3112

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Derrick Smith

Associate Principal

Derrick Smith was named Associate Principal of Instruction at Sandburg High School in 2014. He is a graduate of Sandburg and has served the school since 2005 as an English teacher and Division Chair for English and Music. Smith currently is pursuing a Doctorate in Literacy, Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds a Master of Education Degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Arts Degree in Secondary Education from St. Xavier University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

 Gregory Gardner

Phone: 708-671-3126

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Gregory Gardner

Assistant Principal

Mr. Gardner joined Sandburg's administrative team as Assistant Principal in July 2014. He came to Carl Sandburg from Hinsdale South High School where he served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Activities Director. Mr. Gardner received his Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as well as a Master of Education Degree in Educational Organization and Leadership. 

 Sean Airola

Phone: 708-671-3132

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Sean Airola

Division Chair for Physical Education, Health and Drivers Education

Sean Airola serves as the Division Chair for Physical Education, Health, Driver Education and Sports Medicine and has done so for the past 5 years. He previously served as a Physical Education Teacher and volleyball coach from 2004-2013. Sean holds a Master of Education Degree in Educational Organization and Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Illinois University.

 Lynna Dahlgren

Phone: 708-671-3193

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Lynna Dahlgren

Dean

Lynna has been a Dean of Students at Carl Sandburg High School since 2008. Prior to this role, she served 16 years as Lead Teacher of the PALS Program at Stagg High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Northwestern University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Saint Xavier University. Lynna earned her Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from Lewis University.

 Andrew DeCraene

Phone: 708-671-3190

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Andrew DeCraene

Head Dean

Andy DeCraene has been a Dean at Sandburg since 2007. He has served as Head Dean since 2011. Andy is a graduate of Benedictine University and North Central College.

 Shawn Donovan

Phone: 708-671-3192

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Shawn Donovan

Dean

Shawn joined the Sandburg Administrative Team in 2008 serving 6 years as Division Chair of Social Studies, World Languages, and Art. In 2014, he joined the Sandburg PPS team and currently serves as Dean of Students. Prior to joining the Sandburg family, he taught Social Studies at T.F. High School (7 years) in Lansing, IL, Whiting High School (3 years) in Whiting IN, and was an assistant athletic director at Lake Central High School in St. John, IN for one year. Shawn graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1997 with a degree in Secondary Education and in 2002 received his Master's Degree in Secondary Administration from Purdue University Northwest.

 Chris Erickson

Phone: 708-671-3133

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Chris Erickson

Division Chair for Science, Applied Technology and FACS

Christopher has served in the role of Sandburg's Division Chairperson for Science / Applied Technology / Family & Consumer Sciences since 2007. Prior to joining District 230, Christopher taught physics at Minooka Community High School where he also sponsored the student council. Christopher earned his degree in physics at Illinois State University and his Master's at Governors State University. Christopher believes in community and that we are truly better together.

 Pat Feeney

Phone: 708-671-3191

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Pat Feeney

Dean

Mr. Feeney has served as a teacher and Dean in District 230 for the past 30 years. Mr. Feeney is a graduate of Illinois State University and Governors' State University.

 Mark Fertel

Phone: 708-671-3134

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Mark Fertel

Division Chair for Math and Business

Mark Fertel joined Sandburg as Math and Business Division Chair in 2005. He came to Sandburg after a year at St Charles North and 16 years in the Chicago Public Schools. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, a Master's Degree from Louisiana State University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.

 Tom Freyer@d230.org

Phone: 708-671-3138

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Tom Freyer@d230.org

Athletic Director

Mr. Freyer was named Athletic Director at Carl Sandburg High School in 2016. He came to Carl Sandburg from Lyons Township High School where he served as a mathematics teacher and coach. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from National Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

 Kristin Koss

Phone: 708-671-3131

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Kristin Koss

Division Chair for Special Services

Kristyn Koss was named Director of Special Services at Sandburg High School in 2018. She comes to Sandburg from Stagg High School where she has taught and served as an administrator since 2001. She taught in the Special Education Department at Stagg for ten years prior to serving as Dean of Students for seven years. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Lewis University as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from Illinois State University.

 Charles Ovando

Phone: 708-671-3130

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Charles Ovando

Division Chair for Social Studies, World Languages and Art

Charles Ovando joined Sandburg as Division Chair in 2018 after having served four years in this role at Stagg. Prior to coming to District 230, Charles was the Division Chair for Research and Social Sciences at York High School in Elmhurst, IL. He was a social studies teacher for several years both at York and at Westfield High School in New Jersey. Charles received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and holds a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University.

 Meredith Sheriff

Phone: 708-671-3120

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Meredith Sheriff

Guidance Director

Meredith Sheriff is a proud member of Sandburg's Class of 1994, and she joined the Guidance Department in August 2014. She came to Carl Sandburg High School from York Community High School where she served as the Counseling Department Chair. Prior to that position, Meredith was a school counselor and AP Psychology teacher. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in School Counseling from Lewis University, a Certificate of Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Eastern Illinois University.

 Sarah E. Smith

Phone: 708-671-3135

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Sarah E. Smith

Division Chair for English and Music

Sarah joined the team at Carl Sandburg in 2014 as the Division Chair for English, Music, and EL. Prior to her time in D230, Sarah served as an English teacher at Lockport Township High School and Farragut Career Academy. While teaching, Sarah coached basketball and softball and sponsored numerous activities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University in Educational Administration.