Administrative Staff

Executive Director of Human Resources

 Kathleen Kelly Colgan

Phone: 708.780.2106 (direct) 708 780 2800 x5714

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor in History- Bradley University M.Ed in Teaching & Learning- DePaul University M.A. in Instructional Leadership-Northeastern Illinois University.

Kathleen Kelly Colgan

Kathleen Kelly Colgan began her career as an educator at Lake View High School teaching Chicago high school students about History and the story of our world, our country and ourselves.  She later served in school and district leadership roles in several Chicago charter schools.  Prior to joining Morton 201, Kathleen served North Chicago District 187 as an Instructional Specialist before becoming the Director of Human Resources for the district.

Kathleen is committed to equity in education and has a passion for encouraging and facilitating the growth and development of teachers and school leaders through excellent human capital practices.  She holds an undergraduate degree in History from Bradley University, an M.Ed in Teaching & Learning from DePaul University and an M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.  Kathleen is proud to be part of the Morton family and to lead the Human Resources team!

Twitter @KathleenKColgan

Chief Financial Officer, District Treasurer and CSBO

 Dennis Forst

Phone: 708.780.2800 ext. 5705 Direct: 708.780.2852

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Business Administration - Governors State University MA in Secondary Education (Business Education) - Roosevelt University MA in Illinois Principal Preparation (Chief School Business Official) - Concordia University

Dennis Forst

I first started my career in restaurant management at the Original Gino’s East of Chicago after earning my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Governors State University. Soon after, I obtained a Master’s in Education for Business Education at Roosevelt University. After twelve years of teaching business education, computer education, vocational education, and special education at Oak Lawn Community High School, another Master’s in Education was earned in school administration with a Chief School Business Official focus at Concordia University . In 2017 I began working at Darien Public School District 61 as the Chief School Business Official and joined Morton 201 in August of 2020. 

As Chief School Business Official, the mission is to continuously improve the quality of financial services to all internal and external partners of the District through timely communication, accurate financial data, and effective use of resources.

I have three children with my wife Robyn where most of my free time is spent in little league baseball and soccer fields.

Fiscal Services Coordinator

 Michael Pustelnik

Phone: 708 780-2800 x5027

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Benedictine University, BA in Finance

Michael Pustelnik

I have a degree in Finance from Benedictine University. I have worked in the District for the past 3 years. Prior to Morton, I was an auditor with the State of Illinois for the previous 10 years. My goals and the goals for the business office, is to provide all the necessary support to ensure every student succeeds. I have three wonderful children Emily, Michael and Daniel.

Athletics and Student Activities Director

 Nicole Ebsen

Phone: East – 708-780-4000 x 2514 West – 708-780-4100 x 3511

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Lewis University, MA in Educational Leadership Eastern Illinois University, BA in Kinesiology

Nicole Ebsen

Welcome to Morton High School home of the Mustangs! I began my administrative career at Morton as a Dean of Students and Student Activities Director at the East Campus. I am proud to be a part of Morton's continued dedication to excellence that extends to extracurricular activities and competitive athletic programs. Involvement in athletics and activities serve as extensions of the classroom, and it is my goal to continue to provide opportunities to enhance student learning and build citizenship. Great things are happening in District 201. We have a rich history at Morton and are proud of our Mustangs past and present, "once a Mustang, always a Mustang." I look forward to seeing you in our stands proudly wearing maroon and white. "It's always a great day to be a Mustang!" Athletic Schedules and information can be found at http://il.8to18.com/morton. Also follow us @Mortonathletics

 

EL and Modern Language Director

 Melody Becker

Phone: 708.780.2162

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Governors State University, MA in Educational Leadership De Paul University, BA in Secondary Education

Melody Becker

¡Bienvenido a Morton!  Es un orgullo ser parte de la comunidad Morton.

I began my career as an ELL and Bilingual teacher at Morton West and later at Morton East, where I served as the Lead Teacher.  The great experiences I have had with students and staff at Morton always inform my work as the director of English Learner and Modern Language Departments.  We believe that being bilingual and biliterate is an asset that our students bring to Morton.  We encourage students to develop their literacy in more than one language to promote understanding of themselves, their community and the world. 

 

Career and Technical Education Director

 Eric Mastey

Phone: 708-780-2800 Ext 5760

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Olivet Nazarene University, MA in Educational Leadership Illinois State University, BA in Business, Marketing and Computer Education

Eric Mastey

Welcome Mustangs!  My name is Eric Mastey and I am excited to continue as the Director of Career and Technical Education at Morton High School District 201.  Having several years experience within the district as a Dean of Students and Curriculum Director I also bring 6 years of teaching experience working with students in CTE.  I am strongly committed to providing students with opportunities to excel inside and outside of the classroom.  Students deserve every opportunity to build a 21st Century skillset that prepares them to be successful in and out of Morton.  I am committed to ensuring that every student succeeds and will embrace all former and future Mustangs! As we say, "Once a Mustang, Always a Mustang!"

Computer Services Director

 Robert Niedermeyer

Phone: 708.780.2336

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Robert Niedermeyer

 
Hello, as the Director of Technology for Morton 201 since 2011 with over 20+ years’ experience in technology, I am proud to be apart of the Morton family! Today’s technology is now the forefront of education!  Morton 201 uses technology as a tool to enhance the education of our students.  We strive to provide as many technology tools to our students as possible while keeping a watchful eye on expenditures. I am here to serve the students and assure that they are career ready as they strive to earn the certifications used in the technology field. My leadership has led the district to grow and have developed and implemented a long term technology plan for Morton 201, ensuring that technology purchases are aligned to an instructional vision as well as the district’s strategic plan and mission.

English Language Arts and Media Services Director

 James V. Monaco

Phone: (708) 780-7800, ext. 5041

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. in English, DePaul University Professional Educator License in Secondary Education (English Language Arts), DePaul University M.Ed in Educational Leadership, DePaul University

James V. Monaco

Greetings! My name is Jim Monaco, and I am proud and excited to be entering my third year as the Director of English Language Arts and Media Services at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. I have fifteen years of experience as a high school English teacher and high school administrator in the Chicagoland area, many of those years spent working with students, adults, and community leaders to ensure our schools provide a rich learning experience for all students. Along with my English Language Arts and Media Services colleagues, I believe strongly in the power of reading and writing as transformative experiences. All students deserve opportunities to find their voices through authentic literacy experiences, and it is our mission at Morton 201 to make those experiences a reality. ¡Muchisimas gracias!

Special Education Director

Dr. Ramona Stravos

Phone: 708.780.2844

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ball State University in Bachelor of Science Purdue University, Northwest in Master of Science Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, Educational Specialist Degree Cardinal Stritch University, Educational Doctorate Degree

Dr. Ramona Stravos

Special Education has been a passion for me since I was age 16. I felt the calling and began working/volunteering with a church organization donating respite time to families with children who had special needs. I have always been an advocate for children who learn differently and need someone to walk in front of them so their needs could be met.  I have never wavered from that path. Through Morton District 201, I can continue on my journey to help those who need a voice.

Science Director

 Anne Semenske

Phone: (708) 780-2840

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, MA in Educational Leadership & Admin. Illinois State University, BA in Biological Science Secondary Education

Anne Semenske

My goal for the Morton HSD 201 Science Department is to ensure that our students can use reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to understand scientific trends, in order to become active citizens who understand scientific issues that impact our society and the global environment.

 

Social Science and Fine Arts Director

 Ricardo Garcia

Phone:

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History, Northeastern Illinois University Masters of Arts Degree in Education and School Leadership with Principal Endorsements.

Ricardo Garcia

I am excited to be a part of the Morton High School District 201 family serving as Director of Social Science and Fine Arts. Prior to becoming a Mustang, I served as Assistant Principal at the Chicago Math & Science Academy and most recently, as Principal of Aspira Haugan Middle School in Chicago. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History from Northeastern Illinois University and I possess a Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Development and School Leadership with Principal endorsements.

I am looking forward to help change the mindset of our students as we work together to help them achieve their highest potential both academically and as individual members of the Morton Mustang community. 

Mathematics Director

 Mary O'Sullivan

Phone: (708) 780-2867

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Illinois at Chicago, BA of Science in Marketing National-Louis University MA of Arts in Teaching and Educational Specialist Certificate in Educational Leadership

Mary O'Sullivan

Welcome to Morton. I've had the pleasure of being the Director of Mathematics for J. S. Morton High School District 201 since August 2009.  I have experience with K-12 Mathematics and Science curriculum as well as 11 years teaching experience.  I have presented at Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics conferences, Connections Conference, NCLB Conference, Metropolitan Mathematics Club Conference, Western Illinois University Math Institute, and for the Chicago Teachers Center. I am also on the Steering Committee for the Math Department Heads of Western Chicago Suburbs (MDHWCS). and a member of NCTM, ICTM, ASCD, and ILASCD.

 

PE, Health and Driver Ed Director

 Joseph Collins

Phone: 708.780.4000

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, MA in Educational Leadership Illinois State University, BA in Kinesiology and Recreation

Joseph Collins

Welcome to Morton High School District 201! I am proud to call myself a Mustang and the Director of Physical Education, Health, and Drivers Education.  It is our department mission to ensure that every student will acquire the skills necessary to become lifelong participants in physical activity and pursue a healthy lifestyle.  The staff, students, and community make Morton a great place for students to learn and succeed. 

 

Instructional Technology Director

 Samantha Skubal

Phone: 708.780.2800

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in History/Secondary Education with an Endorsement in CTE from Dominican University Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from National Louis University

Samantha Skubal

Welcome to Morton! I have had the privilege of spending my entire career here as a Mustang. I began as a History teacher at the Freshman Center, and through my experience in the technical world and with 1:1, I became one of the first TSI teachers in the district, and was on many committees during the beginning stages of 1:1. After teaching TSI for a few years, I transitioned into my current role as Director of Instructional Technology. In this position, I hope to continue providing our students with equitable access to technology and the 21st Century skills that will help them thrive in a competitive post-secondary world.