Morton East Administrators


Principal

Mr. Jose A. Gamboa

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2318

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Illinois State University, Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts, School Leadership

Mr. Jose A. Gamboa

Sharon Helma, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2318

Mirian Gonzalez, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2320

 

As Principal of Morton East High School, I am very excited about the education your child will earn throughout their time.  I take great pride in serving as part of the administrative team responsible for ensuring that ALL students have access to a learning environment fulfilling Morton High School District 201 mission that “Every student succeeds” in a safe and welcoming environment.  I started as a social studies teacher at Morton East High School in 2001, served as a dean of students for two years and as an assistant principal of instruction and student activities for six years.  Serving this community at the historic Morton East High School is both humbling and a great honor.  It is a challenge that I look to take on every day!

Assistant Principal of Operations

Dr. Michael Parrie

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2326

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Loyola University of Chicago Doctor of Philosophy, Administration and Supervision Master of Education, Administration and Supervision Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Dr. Michael Parrie

Donna Vieceli, Secretary, (708) 780-4000 x 2326

 

Welcome to Morton East High School! I am proud to be a Morton Mustang since 2003.  As an assistant principal, I oversee attendance, registration, and the master schedule.  My goal is to provide an efficient school operation in which students learn best.  Aside from Morton, I serve as an adjunct professor at Concordia University of Chicago teaching master's and doctoral level educational leadership classes, as well as volunteer my time as a member of the Park Tower Board of Directors.  

 

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Mr. Randall Borgardt

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2314

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science In Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Master of Arts In School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago

Mr. Randall Borgardt

Mariela Davila, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2315

 

I am very excited to be serving as Assistant Principal of Instruction and Student Activities for the students and families of Morton East and the community members of the Town of Cicero.  I’m extremely proud to be part of a team that has continued to see growth in the academic and athletic performance of and the extracurricular opportunities offered to our students.  We continue to raise our bar of expectations and our students, parents, and families continue to meet and exceed those expectations.  This is my 13th year in education, 6th as an administrator and 4th as an administrator here at Morton East.  I am extremely excited to continue my professional and personal growth in collaboration with all the stakeholders of Morton East.

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Ms. Carol M. Best

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2310

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Kansas – Bachelors of Social Worker University of Illinois at Chicago- Masters in Social Work and Type 73 Certificate Dominican University- Principal Certificate Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms. Carol M. Best

 Jeanette DeStepheno, Secretary (708) 780-4000, x2312

 

I am proud to work at Morton East High School.  I love the students, staff and community.  I worked as a Morton School Social Worker for eight years before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2016-2017.   Prior to working at Morton East, I worked as a DCFS Coordinator and School Social Worker in Chicago (for six years).  During that time, I obtained my LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) certificate.  I learn from everyone at Morton, especially about perseverance and grace.  I believe the staff here at Morton are constantly finding innovative ways to ensure “All Students Succeed.”  My work is primarily implementing interventions, evaluating instruction, providing access to students with disabilities and providing professional development to staff regarding mental health, response to intervention and community awareness. 

Lead Dean of Students

Mr. Eric Ramirez

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2218

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Governor's State University, Master of Education, Educational Leadership University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Mathematics University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelors in Secondary Education, Spanish

Mr. Eric Ramirez

 

I am a proud Morton East Graduate and super excited to be part of the Morton Family.  I worked as a teacher at Morton for five years before becoming part of the administrative team.  As Lead Dean, I strive to guide our students to make the correct choices in school and in the community.  I am also proud of being part of the Morton Family that continues to set high expectations for our student body.  I enjoy working with students and parent to obtain a common goal of our students succeeding.  I am a firm believer that when schools and communities work together it sends the message that failure is not option. 

Dean of Students

Mr. Matthew Dugan

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2225

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University of Chicago Master of Arts, School Leadership St. Xavier University Bachelor of Arts, History

Mr. Matthew Dugan

 

It is an honor and privilege to work here at Morton East High School.  I started working here in 2016 and was immediately impressed with the dedication of the staff to helping students achieve their goals.  As a Dean, I work with students on making appropriate decisions inside and outside of the classroom.  With the support of the staff and students’ families, I strive to help every student succeed to their fullest potential. 

Dean of Students

Ms. Denise M. Gomez

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2344

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

University of Illinois at Chicago, ESL Endorsement National-Louis University, Master of Education, Administration and Supervision DePaul University, Bachelor of Arts, History

Ms. Denise M. Gomez

 

As a proud Morton East graduate, I am happy to have returned to the community to make a positive difference in our students’ lives. Having been a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban school districts from 2005, I have witnessed the influential impact education can have on a student’s life choices and future opportunities. Now as a Dean since 2016, one of primary goals is to make Morton East a safe haven for the community and a welcoming environment for current and future students. I continuously strive to improve the lines of communication between students, teachers, and parents so that they receive the highest quality of education and support here at Morton East High School.

Dean of Students

Ms. Joanne Rzadzki

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2223

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts, School Leadership University of Illinois-Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

Ms. Joanne Rzadzki

 

I am proud to be a member of the Morton family since 2016.  As a dean, my goal is to work with students in a way that allows them to be successful in and out of the classroom.  The majority of my work is to provide behavioral interventions.  Building relationships with students is a huge part of reaching that goal.  Before this, I worked as a high school Spanish teacher, Registrar, and Assistant Principal in a private school in Chicago. 

Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Lauren Krall Hartelius

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2333

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

North Central College, Master of Education, Educational Leadership Northern Illinois University, Master of Science, Education Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

Mrs. Lauren Krall Hartelius

 

I take great pride in serving as part of the administrative team responsible for ensuring that ALL students have access to the appropriate learning environment fulfilling Morton High School District 201 mission that "Every student succeeds." My goal is to collaborate with educators to facilitate effective special education services to provide students with tools they need to successfully transition to their post-secondary endeavor.