Morton East Administrators

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    What we do at Morton East

    Our duty at Morton East High School is to provide a safe, enriched, and positive environment for our students, staff and teachers. Meet the Morton East administration team that are here to provide the best education for your students. GO Mustangs!

Principal

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2318

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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!

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

Assistant Principal

Phone: 708-780-4000

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Mr. Phillip Depa

I am excited to join the Morton East team as a Dean of Students. I have experience working with students K-12, and I always have one major goal in mind: making sure students are being the best versions of themselves. Prior to Morton East, I was a Physical Education Teacher at Irving Elementary in Berwyn South School District 100. I was fortunate to obtain leadership experiences as the District Health and Wellness Coordinator and the Physical Education Department Head. As a Dean, I will continuously strive to help students advance and create attainable action plans for success.

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

 

Assistant Principal of Operations

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2326

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Dr. Michael Parrie

Patricia Polk, Secretary, (708) 780-4000 x 2326

Welcome to Morton East High School! I am proud to be a Morton Mustang since 2003, having served as a science teacher, a curriculum and assessment director, and now as an assistant principal.  In my current role, 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.  

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Assistant Principal of Student Services

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2310

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Ms. Carol M. Best

 Rosalva Chacon, 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. 

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

Assistant Principal of Student Activities

Phone: (708) 780-4000 x 2223

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Ms. JoAnne Rzadzki

I am proud to be a member of the Morton District 201 family and serve its community. I started in the district as a dean at Morton East, and am amazed as to how we use our resources as best we can to ensure that “every student succeeds.”  As an assistant principal, I strive to continue to see that all students can rise to their fullest potential by helping create an equitable learning environment in which our students will grow both educationally and personally.  Building relationships with students and community is a very important to me. Because of that, I am happy to be a part of the student activities team and connect with the community. This is my 17th year in education, and my 13th in administration.  Three of those have been at Morton, and I am excited to continue to work with our students and community. 

Degrees and Certifications: Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts, School Leadership University of Illinois-Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish

 

Dean of Students

Phone: 708 780 4000 ext:2208

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Sarah Lorraine

Dean

Phone: 708 780 4000 ext: 2344

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Bart Bates

Welcome to J. Sterling Morton High School! This is my first year at Morton School District 201. I am a Dean of Students. While this is my first year at Morton, it is my 28th year in Education. Several of those years were in the Chicago Public School District at Farragut Career Academy, where I was the Music Department chair. Additionally, I worked in Waukegan District 60 as the Department Lead for Special Education, as well as Palatine District 15 as the Director of Community-After-School Programs. I take great pride in serving the Cicero community and truly believe in fulfilling District 201's mission that "Every Student Succeeds." I am excited to working with all stakeholders and building on those connections to take Morton East to the highest level of excellence.

Degrees and Certifications: VanderCook College of Music - Bachelor of Music Education, American College of Education - Master of Education, Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement, American College of Education - Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Concordia University - Director of Special Education: Director of Special Education Endorsement

Dean

Phone: 708 780 4000

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Stef Cortes

Special Education Coordinator

Phone: 708 780 4000 ext: 2333

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Megan Stachura

Biliteracy Coordinator

Phone: (708) 780-4000 Ext: 2971

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Arianna Gonzalez

Welcome to J. Sterling Morton High School! I am the Biliteracy Coordinator for Morton East and the Morton Freshman Center. Prior to this position, I’ve had the pleasure of being the Dean of Students at Morton East. I was also a fourth grade teacher at Cicero School District 99 for five years. I take great pride in serving the Cicero community and truly believe in fulfilling District 201’s mission that “Every Student Succeeds.” I look forward to collaborating with building stakeholders to improve student academic and linguistic achievement. I plan on providing continued support, resources, and innovative ideas for Biliteracy development. I can’t wait to see what amazing things our students do this year. Go Mustangs!

Degrees and Certifications: DePaul University - Bachelor of Education, Elementary Education; Spanish Minor, DePaul University - Master of Education, Educational Leadership: Principal Endorsement, St. Francis University – ESL Endorsement