Roll on Blackhawks!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT SERVICES
I am honored to serve as the assistant principal of student services at West Aurora High School. This will be my seventh year in School District #129. Prior to this role, I served as the dean of students and assistant athletic director. Before jumping to administration, I taught English and coached football and basketball at Lisle Senior High School. I graduated in 2009 from Augustana College, where I majored in secondary English education and was also a member of the football team.
Since arriving in School District #129, I have enjoyed building relationships with students, staff, parents, and community members in each of my roles. I look forward to continuing to serve the West Aurora community.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ACTIVITIES
I have been working for School District 129 since 2008. I received my undergraduate degree in physical education K-12 from Salisbury University (MD), and I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. I began my career teaching PE and coaching three sports, before pursuing a position in educational leadership.
When I joined the West Aurora High School team in 2008, I had the opportunity to work in the Athletic Department as the assistant athletic director. Then in 2014, I transitioned to my current role as assistant principal of student activities.
My husband Kevin and I live in North Aurora and are proud parents of a fun-loving boy, Carson. When we are not working, we enjoy traveling, cheering on the Cubs and spending time with our family.
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 graduated from Augustana College in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education and History and began my teaching career as a paraprofessional at Lockport High School. While working as a paraprofessional I earned my Special Education Endorsement from the University of St. Francis.
I began teaching at West Aurora High School in 2014 as a LBS teacher. In 2017, I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the American College of Education. I have been an Assistant Coach for both Boys and Girls Soccer, and currently, I am an Assistant Coach for Girls Wrestling.
I am excited to serve in my role as Assistant Athletic Director for West Aurora High School where we can foster a competitive and inclusive environment for our student-athletes across our sports programs.
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.
MS. LAUREN LIHOSIT
I am honored to be part of carrying out the mission of West Aurora High School. I look forward to putting students first by providing abundant opportunities for growth and success.
I bring one year of related experience to my new role, having served as dean of students at Yorkville Middle School during the past school year. In addition to my typical duties as dean, I was responsible for developing whole-staff professional learning focused on student interventions.
My teaching experience includes having taught English language arts and social studies for seven years at KD Waldo Middle School in East Aurora School District 131. My leadership experiences while in that role included coordinating and supervising extracurricular activities at Waldo and participating in an administrative internship across several schools in the district.
I began my educational career as a teacher’s assistant in Benjamin School District 25 in West Chicago.
Mr. CHRIS CAMERANO
I enjoy being part of the diverse school community at West High and I am excited to continuing my work with the students and staff this upcoming school year.
From 2013 to 2022, I served as the lead physics teacher at West Chicago Community High School. In the classroom, I used restorative practices to build positive relationships and create a healthy classroom environment. My leadership experiences include having mentored new teachers, acted as an athletic supervisor, and served on the building communications team. Prior to my time in West Chicago, I taught at Joliet West High School for three years.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in science from Eastern Illinois University, as well as a Master of Arts in teacher leadership and a Master of Science in principal preparation, both from Concordia University Chicago.
Mr. PATRICK ESCHMAN
Hello! My name is Patrick Eschman and I am happy to be serving as the Dean of Students in the Pride House at West Aurora High School. Before becoming a dean I worked as a teacher in the self-contained program for students with emotional disorders here at West. I was also a student council sponsor focused specifically on school spirit and helping connect students to the traditions that make West Best and increasing Blackhawk Pride. Before coming to West Aurora School District 129 I taught at a middle school in Southern Illinois for five years where I also taught in a self-contained program for students with emotional disorders. I am an avid West High sports and activities fan. You will probably see me at many after-school events cheering on and supporting students as they compete. When I am not at school I enjoy cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues and spending time with my dog, Maggie. One of my favorite pastimes is hiking and I have a goal of visiting all of the National Parks.
I am excited to work with the students and families of the Pride House and be a resource to connect students to West High and help inspire them to find the curiosity, complexity, and joy of learning.
Ms. BRITTA DAHLBERG
I am honored to join the administration team at West Aurora High School and I look forward to partnering with the students, staff, and families in the coming year!
For the past four years, I have worked as a physical education and mathematics teacher at Golder College Prep, a grade nine through 12 charter school in Chicago. In addition to my responsibilities in the classroom, I served on multiple curriculum design teams and delivered various strength, conditioning, and wellness-related extracurricular opportunities for students.
Before my time at Golder College Prep, I spent a combined eleven years at the middle school level. Three of those were spent at Jane Addams Middle School in Bolingbrook and six at Alaine Locke Charter School in Chicago. I began my educational career at Laura Ward Elementary School in Chicago, teaching various subjects to sixth through eighth-grade students.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in recreation, leadership, and management and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, both from Ferris State University. I also have a Master of Education in educational leadership from the American College of Education.
MR. DEMETRICE STEPHENS
From 2014 through 2021, I taught physical education at various levels within School District 129. Most recently, I taught self-contained physical education at the Blackhawk Academy and served as a summer school administrator. Through my role as summer school administrator, I oversaw daily operations such as the coordination of transportation and course placements for students. I also bring a wealth of experience in athletics to my role, having coached basketball, soccer, and football.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Judson University and a Master of Arts in leadership and administration from National Louis University.