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ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT SERVICES
I received my undergraduate degree in Health Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Masters in Educational Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University. I began my career teaching Health, PE and Drivers Education before moving into administration. I previously served as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal of Operations.
I started my career with West Aurora in 2015 where I became the Assistant Principal of Student Services.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ACTIVITIES
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR TEACHING & LEARNING
I have been working for West Aurora School District 129 since 2011. I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Secondary Education from the University of Iowa and I hold a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. I began my career as an educator teaching Social Studies, with a focus on Government, before pursuing a position in Educational Leadership. In the administrative arena. I have worked as a Dean of Students, served as the Assistant Principal of Student Activities and currently lead as the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at West Aurora High School.
I graduated from Aurora University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, then with a Master’s Degree in Teaching from AU in 2001. From 2001-2012, I worked in the Oswego School District at Thompson Junior High (2001-03), Oswego High School (2003-04), and Oswego East High School (2004-2012) teaching Social Studies. At OEHS, I was also the Head Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Golf Coach, and Assistant Athletic Director.
I have served as Athletic Director at West Aurora High School since 2012.
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I joined West Aurora School District 129 for the 2016 school year, arriving from Lisle Community District 202. I received my undergraduate degree from Augustana College, where I majored in English-Secondary Education, and also played tight end on the Football team. I also received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago, IL. I previously taught English at Lisle High School, where I also served as the Football and Basketball coach.
Beginning in 2016, I was the Dean of Students in the Character House at West Aurora School District 129. As of 2019, I am the Assistant Athletic Director.
Mr. Dan Rymarz
I have been working for West Aurora School District 129 at West Aurora High school since 2008. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College in History and Secondary Education, earned my endorsement in Special Education from Roosevelt University, and my Master’s in Educational Leadership from North Central College. I began my career in Special Education before moving into my current role as Dean of Student in the Ambition House.
Mr. Alvin Lewis
I started my education career in 2012 as a Physical Education Teacher. I joined West Aurora School District in 2019 as the Dean of Students for the Character House at West Aurora High School,
I am focused on building positive relationships, and committed to doing what is best for our students, staff, and community. I am excited to be a part of the West Aurora team.
Mr. Pete Baker
Prior to my career in education, I served in the United States Army Ranger Regiment for five years. After my military service, I enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I received a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in the Teaching of History. I completed the Principal Endorsement Masters Program at Aurora University in 2018. I started my education career in 2011 as a Social Studies Teacher and then joined West Aurora School District in 2012. While I taught Social Studies during the school day I also coached wrestling and softball.
I am currently the Dean of students in the Honor House.
Mrs. Katie Wood
I started at West Aurora School District 129 in 2017 after moving from District 94 in West Chicago. I received my undergraduate degree in English Secondary Education from Millikin University and I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. I began my career teaching English and coaching at West Chicago Community High School before moving into my current role as the Dean of Students in the Pride House.
Ms. Jennifer Legris
I jointed West Aurora School District 129 in the 2018-2019 school year, arriving from Riverside School District 96. I received my undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, where I majored in Education. I received Master’s Degrees in Child and Adolescent Development from Capella University and Educational Leadership from Capella University. I am enjoying being the Dean of Students in the Tradition House.