District 230 approves hiring of 5 administrators
The High School District 230 School Board approved the hiring of five administrators to fill openings at Sandburg High School, Andrew High School and the District office effective July 1.
Charles Ovando joins the Instructional Services Department as the new Director of Special Programs. He replaced Edgar Palacios who has taken a position in another school district. Ovando joined the District 230 team in 2014 as the Department Chair for Social Studies, World Languages and Art and has worked in both Stagg and Sandburg High Schools. Prior to his work in D230, Mr. Ovando served as Social Studies Teacher and Division Chair at York High School In Elmhurst. In his new role as Director of Special Programs, he will oversee the district’s EL program, professional development, and the district's consolidated grants.
Sandburg High School
Jim Fazekas will join Sandburg’s Administrative Team as a Dean of Students in 2020-21. Fazekas replaces Pat Feeney who will retire at the conclusion of the school year. Fazekas received a Bachelor of Science, Master’s of Arts in Secondary Education, and Certificate of Advanced Study in General Administration all from Lewis University. He has spent the last 15 years teaching within the Science Department at Carl Sandburg High School. During his time at Sandburg, he has been a member of the Staff School Improvement Team and served on multiple curriculum development committees. Sandburg Principal Jen Tyrrell shared that “Jim Fazekas has a proven record of developing meaningful relationships with students that support and enhance their Sandburg Experience. Jim believes wholeheartedly that students’ connectedness and feeling of belonging are critical components to their social-emotional development and academic achievement. We are excited for him to join the Leadership Team as we continue to focus on providing equitable opportunities and experiences for all students.”
Steve Schanz will be Sandburg High School’s next athletic director. Schanz replaces Tom Freyer who will be Sandburg’s next Division Chair for Mathematics and Business starting in 2020-21. Schanz received a Bachelor of Arts in teaching from the University of Illinois prior to getting a Master’s in School Administration & Leadership from Lewis University and a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University. Schanz is also a Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) and Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA). Schanz has spent the last seven years as the Athletic Director at Maine East High School. Prior to that, he spent nine years as a Special Education Teacher and Head Girls’ Basketball coach at Oak Forest High School. During his time at Oak Forest, Schanz also served as Assistant Athletic Director, honing his craft while working with Hall of Fame Athletic Director Sue Bonner.
Andrew High School
Michele Vieu joins Andrew High School as Director of Guidance after a long career at Lyons Township High School as well as serving as a guidance counselor and department chair at Mother McCauley to begin her career. Vieu replaces Drew Eder who has taken a position in another school district for the 2020-21 school year. She comes to Andrew High School with a strong background in creating strong post-secondary transition planning, the establishment of a multi-tiered system of interventions for students at risk, and a leadership background taking responsibility for several committees including reviewing professional learning communities, developing social-emotional learning curriculum, and establishing executive functioning programs for students.
Kelli Lattyak returns to the place where she started as a student-teacher. In her new role as Division Chair for Mathematics and Business, Lattyak replaces Tim Dalton who will be Andrew High School’s new Assistant Principal in 2020-21. She has recently served as District Department Chair for Mathematics in District 228 after serving as a classroom teacher within the same district. She has a strong background in SAT programming as well as developing professional learning communities targeting student skill deficits. Additionally, her experience in transitioning to an integrated math platform leveraging the NCTM mathematical practices will benefit our department. Her vast leadership experience will benefit our program. Mrs. Lattyak is also a doctoral candidate at the University of St. Francis.