Administration

District Leadership

 

District Administration
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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Superintendent
815-521-4311
klee@mchs.net
Dr. Lee started as Superintendent of MCHS on July 1, 2016.  Prior to that, he served six years as superintendent of Iroquois County Unit #9, located in Watseka, IL. Before serving as a superintendent, Dr. Lee was a business teacher, assistant principal, associate principal, and principal in McLean County Unit #5 located in Normal, IL. Dr. Lee has earned a B.S. and later an Ed.S from Eastern Illinois University, and a M.S. from Illinois State University. His Doctorate Degree is from the University of St. Francis. Dr. Lee resides in Channahon.

 

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John Troy
Assistant Superintendent of
Business and General Counsel
815-521-4294
jtroy@mchs.net
Mr. Troy started as Chief School Business Official (CSBO) of MCHS on July 1, 2015 and in 2016 was made the Assistant Superintendent and General Counsel for the district.  Prior to that, Mr. Troy served three years as CSBO of Mokena Elementary School District No. 159, in Mokena, IL.  Before serving as a CSBO Mr. Troy practiced law privately and was an engineering manager at Underwriters Laboratories for 14 years.  Mr. Troy has earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, a Master’s of Business Administration from DePaul University, and a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School.

School Administration
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Dr. Bryan Zwemke
Principal
815-467-2140, ext. 5067
bzwemke@mchs.net
Dr. Zwemke began serving as building principal in 2019 at Minooka Community High School. Dr. Zwemke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University and Masters of Education Leadership from Aurora University. Prior to serving as building principal, Bryan was a classroom teacher and administrator in the Fox Valley Region including school district Elgin U46, West Aurora 129, Yorkville CUSD 115, Kaneland 302, and Batavia School District 101.  Recently, Bryan completed his Doctorate Degree at Aurora University with a dissertation on the role of social media in building a schools social capital. Bryan lives in Montgomery with his wife and two children. You can follow Bryan on Twitter @bryanzwemke.

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Dr. Janel Grzetich
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
815-521-4384
jgrzetich@mchs.net
Dr. Grzetich began her career at MCHS in 2002 as an English teacher. After teaching, she was the English Department Chair at MCHS and then moved into her role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Grzetich lives in Shorewood with her husband, son, and their dog.

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Joseph V. Pacetti
Director of Special Education
815-467-2140, ext. 5035
jpacetti@mchs.net
Mr. Pacetti began serving as the Director of Student Services at Minooka Community High School in 2014. Mr. Pacetti earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Education Leadership from Illinois State University.  Prior to serving as the Director of Student services Mr. Pacetti served as the Assistant Director of Special Education in West Aurora. Mr. Pacetti was also an Administrator in the Wilmington School district and Oswego. He began his career as a Special Education teacher at Minooka High School in 1995.

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Jamie Soliman
South Campus
Assistant Principal
815-521-4150
jsoliman@mchs.net

Mrs. Soliman began serving as Assistant Principal of South Campus in July 2018. Mrs. Soliman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University and Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Saint Francis. Prior to coming to MCHS, Mrs. Soliman began her teaching career in 1999 at Plainfield Central High School. While in Plainfield, she taught mathematics, and served as the Department Chair for Mathematics which evolved into the Division Chair for Mathematics and Science. In 2012, Mrs. Soliman joined the administration team as the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Soliman coached girls tennis, girls track, and was the yearbook advisor.

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Matt Wikoff
Central Campus
Assistant Principal
815-467-2140, ext. 5038
mwikoff@mchs.net
Mr. Wikoff started at MCHS in 2008 as a Dean of Students and in 2009 was named Assistant Principal.  Prior to coming to Minooka Community High School, Mr. Wikoff taught and coached in the Plainfield School District for 9 years.  Mr. Wikoff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Aurora University and his Masters of Educational Leadership from Governors State University.
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Hillary Holden
Director of Student Activities
815-521-4152
hholden@mchs.net
Hillary Holden began her teaching career at MCHS in 2005. She became Activities Director at MCHS in August 2016. Ms. Holden started her teaching career at Yorkville High School as a physical education and health teacher.  Ms. Holden has also coached volleyball and track and field. Ms. Holden lives with her husband and daughter in Shorewood. Ms. Holden also has two older step children.
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Robert Tyrell
Director of Athletics
815-467-2140, ext. 5120
rtyrell@mchs.net
Mr. Tyrell began his career at MCHS as a teacher and coach in 1995.  Prior to teaching at MCHS, he spent nine years teaching and coaching at Alleman High School and Channahon Jr. High. In 2005, he became the MCHS Athletic Director. Mr. Tyrell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Educational Leadership from Governors State University.


Department Chairs

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Jon Calder
CTE
Department
815-467-2140, ext. 5030
jcalder@mchs.net
Mr. Calder began his career with MCHS in 2019. Prior to teaching at MCHS Mr Calder worked at Yorkville HS for 9 years as a teacher, department chair, and Dean of Students. Mr. Calder brings over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry to his career in education. He received his BS in Hotel, Restaurant Management from Northern Arizona University. He later graduated with a Masters in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. He currently lives in Oswego with his wife and dogs.

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Jeff Easthon
World Languages, Music & Art
Department
815-521-2324
jeasthon@mchs.net
Mr. Easthon started at MCHS in 2008-2009 after spending the first three years of his career teaching Spanish at Benjamin Logan High School in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He has worked the last twelve years here at MCHS, the past four as Department Chair of World Languages, Music, and Art. Mr. Easthon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, and his Masters of Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. Mr. Easthon lives in New Lenox with his wife and two children and also serves MCHS as the head girls basketball coach. You can follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffEasthon.

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Donna Engel
Science
Department
815-521-4388
dengel@mchs.net

Mrs. Engel began her career with MCHS in 1996 as a science teacher and National Honor Society Advisor. Prior to teaching at MCHS, she spent eight years teaching chemistry at East Aurora High School. In 2003, she became the Department Chair of Science. Mrs. Engel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Elmhurst College. She earned her Masters of Educational Leadership from Aurora University. She has been the NHS advisor for MCHS since 1996 and the Senior Class Advisor since 2001. Mrs. Engel is the proud mother of 4 MCHS alums.
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Sean Hackney
English
Department
815-521-4060
shackney@mchs.net
Sean Hackney started serving as English department chair at MCHS in 2016. Before coming to MCHS, Sean was an English teacher at Joliet West High School. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and received a B.S. in English and Political Science from Illinois State University, a M.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Sean lives in Minooka with his wife and three children. His personal website can be found at www.seanhackney.us
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Matt Williams
PE/Health/Drivers Education
Department

815-521-2338
mwilliams@mchs.net
Mr. Williams began his career at MCHS in 2019 as the Department Chair of Physical Education, Health, and Driver Education. Prior to teaching at MCHS, he was at Yorkville High School for 8 years, where he served as a department chair and coached football and basketball. Mr. Williams received his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education at Northern Illinois University and later earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. He currently lives in Channahon with his wife and two boys. You can follow Matt on twitter @Indian_Coach.

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Tracey Adams
Mathematics
Department
815-521-4053
tadams@mchs.net
Mrs. Adams began her teaching career at MCHS in 2008. After serving as a classroom teacher, in 2020, she became the Department Chair of Mathematics. Mrs. Adams received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Iowa and later earned her Masters of Education Administration from Governors State University. She currently lives in Channahon with her husband and two (soon to be three) children. You can follow Tracey on Twitter @MrsTadamsMath.

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Joseph V. Pacetti
Special Education
Department
815-467-2140, ext. 5035
jpacetti@mchs.net
Mr. Pacetti began serving as the Director of Student Services at Minooka Community High School in 2014. Mr. Pacetti earned his Bachelor of Science degree and Masters of Education Leadership from Illinois State University.  Prior to serving as the Director of Student services Mr. Pacetti served as the Assistant Director of Special Education in West Aurora. Mr. Pacetti was also an Administrator in the Wilmington School district and Oswego. He began his career as a Special Education teacher at Minooka High School in 1995.

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Christopher Pendergast
Social Studies
Department
815-521-4201
cpendergast@mchs.net
Mr. Pendergast began his teaching career at MCHS in 2012 as a FMLA substitute teacher and was hired full time to teach social studies the following year. Following 8 years of teaching various history, government, and geography courses across all grade levels at Minooka Community High School, he became the Department Chair of Social Studies in 2020. Mr. Pendergast received his Bachelor's Degree in History Education from Illinois State University and his Masters Degree in History from Arizona State University. He is currently working on his Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Preparation from the University of St. Francis. He currently resides in Channahon with his wife and two children. You can follow Mr. Pendergast and the whole MCHS Social Studies department on twitter @MCHS_SocStudies.

 

Directors (Non-Administrative)

pict Brent Edwards
Director of Community Relations
815-521-4112
bedwards@mchs.net
Mr. Edwards began his career with MCHS in 2018 bringing with him over 20 years of marketing, design, advertising, and public relations experience. Mr. Edwards earned a B.F.A from Western Illinois University. Prior to his position at MCHS, Mr. Edwards was a marketing director and executive director in the Tourism industry, advertising/web designer for Copley Newspapers, and sales executive in the Pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Edwards lives in Yorkville with his wife and 4 children.

admin Cathy Haase
Director of Transportation
815-467-5133, ext. 1500
chaase@mchs.net
Ms. Haase began her career at MCHS in 2012 as Secretary to the Transportation Director. Prior to her role at MCHS, Ms. Haase was an Administrative Assistant/New Business Clerk for Great Lake Dredge & Dock Company, Oak Brook, Il. After taking time off to raise her 5 sons, she decided to return to work in 2007 at Minooka Consolidated District #201. In 2017 she continued her career as the Director of Transportation for School District’s #111 and #201. Ms. Haase brings over 13 years of experience working in the Transportation industry.  She currently resides in Wilmington, Il.

Kelly Jim Kelly
Director of Technology
815-521-4017
jkelly@mchs.net
Jim Kelly began his career with MCHS in 2013. Mr. Kelly is an MCHS Alumni where he enjoyed success on the Soccer field.  Mr. Kelly graduated from Lewis University with a Masters Degree in Information Security. Mr. Kelly continues to enjoy the sport of Soccer as he has coached the MCHS Boys team since 2013.
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Jason Piper
Director of Buildings and Grounds
815-467-2140, ext. 5069
jpiper@mchs.net
Mr. Piper began at MCHS in May of 2020 as Director of Buildings and Grounds. Prior to coming to MCHS he was Facilities Supervisor at Indian Oaks Academy in Manteno IL for 10 years.  Prior to Indian Oaks Academy he was a General Contractor. Mr. Piper received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University. Mr. Piper lives in Herscher.

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the district's leadership organizational structure.