Administration

Morton West Administrators

One Morton, One Family

What we do at Morton West

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

Morton West Principal

 

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext: 3011

Email: kcavanaugh@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Saint Xavier University, Bachelor of Arts- Social Science in Secondary Education

Saint Xavier University, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Ms. Kristina Cavanaugh

Lynn Ostapczuk, Secretary: 708.780.4100 x 3010
Chanel Mendoza, Assistant Secretary, (708) 780-4100 x3012

Welcome to Morton West High School!  As Principal, I am invested in our academic programs, opportunities for student involvement and belonging, and to providing a safe school for our students.   The heart of student success and belonging comes from the positive partnerships with faculty, staff, families, and the community.   The impact and intensity of these successes is dependent on building relationships through trust and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.   Please join my building leadership team and I in working together to support each student in their high school journey as they make the most of their extracurricular involvement, academic coursework and exploration of career pathways.  It is through our partnership that each student will prepare their path to success leading them to post-secondary education, industry certifications, work and/or career goals through a safe, caring and responsive environment so all students succeed.

As a career Mustang, I began my professional career at Morton Alternative School as a teacher of social science for eight years before joining the administrative team at Morton West. Once at Morton West, I served two years as a Dean of Students before moving into the position as Assistant Principal of Operations for the following nine years.  As the Assistant Principal, I gained a wealth of knowledge in the areas of master scheduling, registration, school safety and building operations.   In 2020, I embarked on my new journey as Principal and have loved each opportunity to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, families, and the community.  The Morton West community has a dedicated staff who value the dignity and uniqueness of each student.  I am committed to providing a positive, safe and supportive environment for students to engage in all aspects of the school community, develop responsible citizenship and the value of lifelong learning. I am honored to be a career Mustang and a member of the District 201 family.

Assistant Principal of Operations

 

Phone: 708 780 4100 ext: 3974

Email: KWiland@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Computer Science

M.S. Loyola University of Chicago – Curriculum & Instruction

Ed.S. Concordia University – Educational Leadership

Certifications:
Mathematics, Computer Science, Secondary Education, General Administrative, Superintendent

Mr. Kevin S. Wiland

Claudia Gonzalez, Secretary: 708.780.4100 x 3045  

Greetings!  I am honored to serve the Morton West community as the Assistant Principal of Operations.  I am new to the district as of July 2022.  Highlights of the Operations Office include overseeing registration, enrollments, student records, scheduling, attendance, and building concerns.

I am originally from Huntington, NY on Long Island.  I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana as a Computer Science major.  I started my education career in 1999 at Glenbrook South HS as a Math and Computer Science teacher.  I then continued in educational leadership serving at various districts as a Math Department Chair, Dean of Students, K-12 Math Coordinator, and now Assistant Principal.

I have a deep respect for children and a genuine passion for the field of education.  I am dedicated to provide a safe learning environment for all students – a place where students feel valued, respected, and are provided equitable learning experiences and opportunities.  I look forward to interacting with and serving all constituents of the Mustang community!

Assistant Principal of Instruction

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext: 3020

Email: atorres@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Upper Iowa University

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

Mrs. Amanda Torres

Maria Reyna, Secretary: 708.780.4100 x 3019

I am excited to be entering my fifth year at Morton West!  This year I will be entering the role of Assistant Principal of Instruction.  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the students of District 201 in this new position.  I will continue to collaborate with teachers to strengthen, not only our academic curriculum, but our social-emotional learning as well.

Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, I served as the Lead Dean of Students at Morton West.  I am proud of my time in the Deans' Office and cherish the times I spent guiding our students towards a life of citizenship and happiness.  During my 16 years in education, I have strived to help each student become a successful contributor to their community. 

I am looking forward to another great year in District 201!

Assistant Principal for the Freshman Academy and Student Activities

 

Phone: 708.780.4100 ext: 3017

Email: dheap@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Master of Arts in Educational Administration from University of St. Francis, Joliet

Master of Science in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

Mr. Dustin Heap

Valerie Palomares, Secretary: 708.780.4100 x 3016

I am honored and excited to begin my first year as Assistant Principal of the Freshman Academy at Morton West! I am looking forward to building relationships with students, staff, and the entire community of Morton West.   I believe that students are most successful when they are truly a part of the school community. I want to encourage every student to get involved, whether that is in clubs, sports, or other opportunities. 

Prior to joining Morton West, I spent the last 8 years teaching social studies. I also coached football, wrestling, and track.   I believe in constantly pushing oneself to improve their knowledge and skills and want to empower students to do the same.  I look forward to being a part of the Morton West family.  GO MUSTANGS!

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Phone: 708 780 4100 ext. 3054

Email: MMcgreevy@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s Degree Pennsylvania State University 2000

Master’s Degree De Paul University 2007

Administration in Educational Leadership Certificate De Paul University 2010

 

 

Mr. Michael McGreevy

Secretary Joanna Manno 708-780-4100 ext. 3025

I am extremely grateful to be the Assistant Principal of Student Supports. I had a tremendous experience teaching, being heavily involved in many student activities and serving as Dean of Students at Maine South High School for 15 years prior to calling Morton West my home.  For the past 4 years I have had the honor to serve the wonderful students, families, and staff at Morton West High School.  

Morton is a special school community. Every single student's mental and physical health here at Morton West is my priority.  I get the pleasure to work closely with our student support team here at Morton West, which consists of our dedicated guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, deans, nurses, and school resource officers.  Students and parents that know me can attest to my genuine concern for every single student and knowing that one size doesn't fit all.  I'm honored to be a part of the Morton Mission.  

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Chicago in 2005. My wife, Leslie, and our two children, live in the city of Chicago.

LEAD DEAN OF STUDENTS

Phone: 708 780 4100 

Email: danzilotti@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education - Western Illinois University

Learning Behavior Specialist Program - Governor State University

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Concordia University Chicago

 

 

Mr.Daniel Anzilotti

Hello Mustangs! I am very excited for this school year and ready to get to work as lead dean in the Dean’s Office! I am looking forward to connecting with staff and families to support our students at Morton West in school, at home and the community. I will strive to build on the Morton school culture and encourage students to get involved at Morton through sports, clubs, and other activities. 

My career in education started in 2010, and I have been teaching social studies at Morton West for the past 4 school years. Before Morton, I was teaching at a therapeutic day school on the south side of Chicago. I am happy and excited to continue to work with Morton West students! Go Mustangs!

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Phone: 708 780 4100 

Email: nbattaglia@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Science in Biology-Benedictine University

Secondary Education Licensure

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-National Louis University 

Master of Arts in School Leadership-Concordia University

 

 

Mr. Nick Battaglia

Hello Mustang Nation!  I am thrilled to be entering my third year at Morton West High School and my second year as a Dean of Students.  I am looking forward to continuing to build collaborative partnerships with students, teachers, parents, and the greater Berwyn community. 

By career in education began in 2015 back at my alma mater, Glenbard East High School.  Following  my time at Glenbard East High School, I taught Biology at Hoffman Estates High School for two years.  I moved to Glenside Middle School shortly after, and taught 8th grade life science for three years.  Before beginning my administrative career at Morton West, I taught Biology for a year in the Freshmen Academy.  In addition to my role as a Dean, I am also proud to serve the community as an Assistant Athletic Director.  Sports have always been a big part of my life, and I am privileged to share this experience with our high school students. 

I have two awesome jobs away from school- I am a husband to Kathryn, and a dad to Jennifer.  Our family also has two dogs, Evie and Daisy.  I am a big sports enthusiast and you can usually find me rooting on the Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bears! 

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Phone: 708 780 4100 

Email: hhenry@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

 

 

Ms. Hannah Henry

I am excited to begin my administration career as a Dean of Students here at Morton West.  I am excited to begin forming memorable and sincere relationships with student and the Morton West school community as a whole and strongly believe that my role is to support student learning in any way I can.  

Prior to coming here, I spent the six years in the classroom as a high school math teacher.  I hold a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Northwestern University as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.

I am born and raised in the Chicagoland area and look forward to continuing working with that community.

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Phone: 708 780 4100 

Email:
mkocourek@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

 

Mr. Matthew Kocourek

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Phone: 708 780 4100 

Email: mhare@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

Master of Science in Education - Educational Administration Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

National Louis University - Master of Arts in Teaching - Learning Behavior Specialist 1

Loyola University Chicago - Bachelor of Science in Commerce - Business Marketing

 

 

Mr. Michael Hare

Hello Mustangs!  I am excited to begin my fifth year in District 201. This year I am taking on a new role as a Dean of Students. I am looking forward to building relationships and supporting our staff, students, and families.  Prior to becoming an educator/administrator, I worked in the financial industry and owned my own business. Before Morton West I was a special education at a therapeutic day school. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext. 3733

Email: Jpufpaf@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Science: Special Education, K-12, Learning Behavioral Specialist. 



Concordia University Chicago, Master of Arts: Educational Leadership

IL Professional Educator License, General Administrative Certificate

 

 

Mrs. Jennifer Pufpaf

Maria Reyna, Secretary: 708.780.4100 x 3019

I am honored to serve as Special Education Coordinator at Morton West High School. I have had the pleasure of being an administrator at Morton West High School since 2016.  I started my educational career in January 2008 as a Special Education teacher and began my administrative career in 2016 as a Dean of Students at Morton West.  In my eight years of teaching, I worked with students ranging from five to twenty-one years old with a variety of disabilities in both the public and therapeutic day school setting. At Morton West, we provide an entire continuum of special education services.  We have programs ranging from adaptive skills instruction to resource services.  I will work closely with the students, staff, parents, administration, and community members to ensure that students receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrict environment.  My focus will be to support students who require special education services to become a productive member of society by supporting them in achieving their individual post-secondary goals.  I look forward to a successful and wonderful year!

IEP FACILITATOR

Phone: 708.780.4100 ext. 3738

Email: nbalzano@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:
Illinois State University: Bachelor of Science: Special Education



Concordia University Chicago: Master of Arts: Educational Leadership

IL Professional Educator License: General Administrative Certificate and Learning Behavioral Specialist, K-12 

 

Nick Balzano

Hello, Mustangs!  I am excited to begin my first year in District 201 at Morton West as an IEP Facilitator. I look forward to building relationships and supporting our staff, students, and families with the IEP Process.  Before becoming an administrator, I spent five years teaching English III at a high school in Chicago Public Schools and one year as an elementary school teacher teaching English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. I also spent a year teaching middle school and high school at a therapeutic day school in Chicago. 

BILITERACY COORDINATOR

Phone: 708.780.4100

Email: acastellanos@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Florida International University, BS in Biology and Chemistry

Pace University, MS in Education

Concordia University, MA in Illinois Principal Preparation

Bilingual Endorsement

 

 

Ana Castellanos

Hello Mustangs,

I am very excited to join the administrative team with the objective of supporting the bilingual community at Morton West. 

A little bit about myself: Born in Bucaramanga and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, I came to the United States at the age of 18. After earning a degree in Biology and working on different Everglades restoration projects as a research assistant in Miami, I decided to pursue a career in education in New York City. My first job was as a bilingual science teacher. This experience sparked my passion for Bilingual education as I saw first hand how communicating with families in their native language allows the school to connect deeper with the communities it serves. Embracing the families’ rich cultural heritage supports all of our students’ education, teaching them to think critically and have an open mindset. 

WORK BASED LEARNING COORDINATOR

Phone: 708.780.4100, ext: 3057

Email: connelly@jsmorton.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Concordia University, Master of Arts – Educational Leadership

Concordia University, Master of Arts – Differentiated Instruction

St. Xavier University, Bachelor of Arts – Social Science; Education grades 6-12

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification

 

 

Mr. James Connelly

Hello and welcome! As the newly appointed Career and Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator at Morton West High School, I am thrilled to further nurture and enhance our students' career and real-world experiences. Building on my 16 years of dedication to Morton District 201, from my time as an Automotive Technology Instructor to serving as a dean of students, my passion for student success remains at the forefront.

Morton District 201 has always been a vibrant community that embraces growth, and I am fortunate to have been welcomed by this wonderful community over the years. I have built lasting relationships with many students and families, and I am excited to extend that network in my new role. Leveraging my past experiences, I am committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our students, preparing them for success beyond Morton West. I eagerly anticipate the adventures ahead and the chance to further engage with our amazing Morton West students in this new capacity.