Wright-ings E-Notice

Daniel Wright Junior High School E-Notice - October 20, 2020

Welcome New Staff

District 103 would like to welcome 17 certified staff to its schools for the 2020-2021 year, six certified staff to Daniel Wright.

Michelle Breyne - Physical Education Teacher

My name is Michelle Breyne, I Live in Waterford, Wisconsin with my husband and three children. I received my undergraduate degree from Aurora University and my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. I am excited to be joining the Daniel Wright Physical Education team. I have spent the past 15 years as the physical education/health teacher in District #63. My husband and I decided to relocate in order to be closer to family in Wisconsin. I am extremely excited to be making this transition and have the opportunity to work with the wonderful students and staff in District #103. In my free time I love spending time at the lake, visiting different playgrounds with my boys, and vacationing! I am also a huge Packers fan, Go Pack Go!

Kristen Carruthers - Student Services

My name is Kristen Carruthers. I live in Gurnee with my husband, two teenage children and our dog. I grew up in Indiana where I received my undergraduate degree from Ball State University, and my master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University. I received my Illinois Professional Educators License from UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work. I will be working with the Daniel Wright Student Services team. My previous experiences have included working with children and adolescents in a behavior health treatment facility in Indianapolis, Indiana and in alternative education settings in St. Louis, Missouri.


My most recent position was working with Lake County schools at Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in the Prevention Education Department. I am looking forward to returning to the school environment and working directly with students, parents, and teachers. In my free time, I enjoy reading, cooking and being a spectator at my children's volleyball, swimming, and baseball events.

Diane Lazzar – Physical Education & Health Teacher

My name is Diane Lazzar and I reside in Palatine. I received my undergraduate degree in Health Education from Northern Illinois University, and I received my master's degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. I will be teaching health and physical education at Daniel Wright. My previous teaching experience was high school/middle school health and physical education. I am most excited about building rapport with my students and developing strong relationship with my colleagues. My interests and/or hobbies include dancing, exercising, spending time with family/friends, and trying new things.

Esther Lee – Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

My name is Esther Lee. I received my bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana, as well as my Master of Arts Degree in Global Studies of Education. My teaching career began in the city of Chicago in Jefferson Park. After having our first child, my husband and I moved to Buffalo Grove where | had the privilege of teaching fourth-grade at Half Day School before taking a few years off to be with my family. I am so happy to be back in District #103 teaching sixth-grade this year! Some of my favorite things to do are to read and write. I also love hiking, traveling, and watching the sun rise and set. The sweetest moments in life are the ones I spend with my family. I have four children: Ava, Gwen, Jude, and Liv, as well as a dog named Pippin. We love to ride bikes and read together. When I grow up, I hope to write a book about all the adventures life has taken me on. Until then, I am so happy to have the privilege of working with some of the best kids and teachers in the whole country!

Maria Lee - Seventh Grade Math Teacher

My name is Maria Lee and I live in Northbrook with my husband. I received my undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Villanova University and my master's degree in Education from Loyola University, Chicago. I spent the last eight years working for the Archdiocese of Chicago in various schools as a middle school math teacher, grades 5-8. I look forward to teaching seventh-grade math at Daniel Wright and sharing my passion for math with my students. In my free time I enjoy hiking, traveling, and baking desserts. I am very excited to be joining the District #103 team and look forward to a great year!

Kyle Manders – Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

My name is Kyle Manders. I live in Deerfield with my wife, two children, and two dogs. I received my undergraduate degree in English Education from Illinois State University and my master's degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. I will be joining the Sixth-Grade Language Arts team at Daniel Wright Junior High School as an English language arts teacher. I spent nine years in Naples, Florida as an English teacher, reading coach, debate team coordinator, and district literacy specialist with Collier County Public Schools. While serving in these roles, I had the opportunity to become a part of several different school communities which include: Lely High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, Immokalee Middle School, East Naples Middle School, and Manatee Middle School. Most recently, I supported students and educators as a Professional Services Manager with Achieve300, an educational technology company in the Chicagoland area. I am excited to navigate the new frontier of remote teaching and learning with my professional learning community and students. In my free time, love running, traveling, and spending time with my identical twin two-year-old boys.

SEL Puzzle Piece Needed

Remote parents, hand volunteers your student's SEL puzzle piece or library books during materials pick up. In-person students please hand puzzle pieces to your advisory teachers.

Book Bus

Daniel Wright students learning remotely can receive library books delivered to their home. Thanks to a collaboration with the District 103 Transportation Department, students may use this Google Form to request up to three books at a time. The "DW Book Bus" will provide contactless delivery of requested materials to your front door on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Requests for a Tuesday delivery must be submitted by Sunday evening. Requests for a Thursday delivery must be submitted by Tuesday evening. Books must be returned to the drop container located outside of the DW entrance; books may not be sent back with our D103 bus drivers due to COVID protocol.


Please use this Google Form to request print books from the DW Library if you are an in-person DW student. Books will be delivered within 48 hours to your Advisory teacher. Please fill out the form completely, including your Advisory teacher's name AND room number.


Not sure what titles we have? Search our Destiny catalog found on students' iPads. Please read the FAQs for further details. Still have questions? Please contact Mrs. Otto, DW Librarian, at totto@d103.org or Library Assistant, Mrs. Walker, at lwalker@d103.org

Fall Spirit Wear

The PTO now offers Spirit Wear year round. Check out hoodies, long sleeve tees, sweatpants and more.

Questions about Lake County? Your Answer - 211

211 is an easy to remember, 24-hour information and referral helpline in Lake County. It’s designed to reduce time and frustration by acting as a central access point to the health and human services in Lake County.


Call 211 or text 898211


Without 211, people are often faced with finding services on their own. The result is a lot of time spent calling around trying to find the answer to their need. 211 can answer questions about housing, immigration, government, financial support, crisis management, and more.

Daniel Wright Junior High School

Principal Michelle Blackley

Assistant Principal Nina Nusbaum

Assistant Principal Melody Littlefair