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Augustyniak, Daniels take on new admin roles

New hires

At its meeting on Thursday night, the District 230 School Board approved the hiring of two administrators. Michelle Augustyniak will be Stagg High School’s new Associate Principal of Instruction replacing Dr. Katie McMillan who will be the district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services. Janet Daniels will be Sandburg High School’s new Division Chair for English and Music replacing Sarah Smith who will be the new Associate Principal for Instruction at Andrew High School as Abir Othman was promoted to Principal for the TBolts.

Michelle Augustyniak, Stagg High School Associate Principal

Michelle Augustyniak will return to Stagg High School where she served as Division Chair for PE, Health and Drivers Education from 2014 until 2020. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, Michelle served as Sandburg’s Director of Guidance, gaining valuable experience in PPS that will be value-added in her new role at Stagg. She worked closely with teams to provide appropriate interventions to support both in-person and virtual learners. She also coordinated efforts to provide resources to support the entire school community through a unique school year.

“Michelle is no stranger to Stagg,” said Principal Eric Olsen. “Michelle was instrumental in Stagg’s implementation of the IMPACT Team Framework within PLCs and played a critical role as Stagg High School was selected by the National Council for Behavioral Health and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation as one of the first eight schools in the nation to participate in the Teen Mental Health First Aid Program.  Additionally, Michelle facilitated the creation of Stagg’s Charger Performance Program in physical education.”  

At the district level, she served as the District 230 Summer School Coordinator in 2018 and served in numerous leadership roles related to curriculum and instruction in the district including being a member of the leadership team charged with the implementation of the Understanding By Design curriculum and instruction model.

Prior to joining District 230, Augustyniak taught Physical Education at Neuqua Valley High School and had the opportunity to open Metea Valley High School in 2009, serving as Department Chair for Physical Education, Health and Driver Education. 

Augustyniak earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Francis.  She is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at St. Francis.


Janet Daniels, Sandburg High School Division Chair

Janet Daniels joins District 230 from Homewood-Flossmoor High School where she has served as English Department Chair since 2016 and as an English Teacher for ten years prior to that.

"Janet Daniels' instructional leadership experience will be an asset as she transitions into the role of Division Chair for English and Music at Carl Sandburg High School,” said Principal Dr. Jen Tyrrell. “Throughout the interview process, she demonstrated a keen understanding of best leadership practices within the areas of curriculum, instruction, and culturally responsive teaching. Janet's experience leading both department and building improvement efforts will be an asset to the Sandburg learning community.”

Daniels has training in Understanding by Design Curriculum Design, Restorative Justice and Practices, Equity Training, CRISS Strategies, and Great Books Questioning Techniques. She also served as the New Teacher Program Facilitator and Professional Development Coordinate at Homewood-Flossmoor, served as a Behaviour Intervention Program Facilitator, and served on numerous committees.

Daniels earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s Degree in Education from Sant Xavier University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Oliver Nazarene University.