CCSD15 Staff Newsletter

July 13, 2019


Please save the date for an all-staff event on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 from 8-10 a.m. in the Harper College gymnasium. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laurie Heinz will address staff during this event, followed by a presentation from DeEtta Jones on diversity, inclusion and equity in schools.

All staff scheduled to work on this date are required to attend. Staff members not scheduled to work Aug. 12 are invited to attend on a voluntary basis.

Parking and Location

Our event will take place in Harper College Building M (Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center), with parking available in Parking Lot 1, which is located directly in front of the Building M entrance.

Enter the Harper College campus off of Algonquin Road to easily access Building M. Once you enter from Algonquin Road, turn left at the first turn and you will see Parking Lot 1 and Building M. The building has a "Foglia Foundation Health and Recreation Center" sign on the top corner. There is also a "Northwest Community Healthcare" sign on the front of the building. There will be signage directing you to the District 15 event in the gymnasium once you enter the main doors of Building M.

Click here for a campus map of Harper College.

Our event will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Please allow enough time to navigate the Harper College campus, park and get settled in the gymnasium prior to 8 a.m.

We trust it will be an inspiring and meaningful morning that will set the tone for the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to seeing you there!

New administrative staff members begin work

Please join us in welcoming new administrators to our team!

Superintendent's Office

  • Laurie Heinz, Superintendent of Schools
  • Claire Kowalczyk, Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Student Services

  • Michael Scaletta, Assistant Director of Special Education (high incidence)

  • Elizabeth Ashmann, Special Education Coordinator

  • Dustin Berman, Special Education Coordinator

  • David Mekhiel, Special Education Coordinator

  • Nicole Milewski, Special Education Coordinator

Department of Instruction

  • Renee Urbanski, Executive Director for Second Language Programs (x3136)

  • Rocio Fisher, Assistant Director for Second Language Programs (x3112)

  • Risa Cohen, Welcome back! Curriculum Coordinator for Math/Science/Social Studies/and Fine Arts (x3113)

Human Resources

  • Erin Stein, Assistant Director

Data Services

  • Jason Klein, Director of Student Information System Implementation

Nutrition Services

  • Tina Woods, Assistant Director

Building Leadership

  • Faith Rivera, Whiteley Principal
  • Stephanie Daly, Virginia Lake Principal
  • Martin Da Costa, Winston Campus Junior High Principal
  • Marilynn Smith, Winston Campus Elementary Principal
  • Breann Thurber, Winston Campus Elementary Assistant Principal
  • Andrew Wilson, Winston Campus Junior High Assistant Principal
  • Amber Danielczyk, Jane Addams Assistant Principal
  • Angela Gallegos, Whiteley Assistant Principal
  • Megan Pries, Lake Louise Assistant Principal
  • Alison Friedman, Virginia Lake Assistant Principal
  • Josh Cimo, Assistant Principal LL/VL

The staff in District 15 welcomes you and is looking forward to working with everyone! (Please see information below regarding phone extensions.)

Phone lists for 2019-20

Phone Lists for 2019-20 are getting updated by the communications department. They are still in DRAFT form, but available on the staff web here: for those who would like a draft version. Please note: You must sign into the staff web to view this page. For help logging in, contact Sandy Cramer.

Application Support Specialist opportunity

Data Services is looking for an Applications Support Specialist. This is a perfect opportunity for those who enjoy technology, working with data, and helping others. This role involves some knowledge with student information systems, and provides a great deal of on-the-job training. No computer programming experience is necessary. See the full job description here. Interested parties can apply on the CCSD15 website, here.

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