U4 Board of Education Approves Seven Administrative Appointments

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 7:11pm

Mr. Brian Riegler has been selected as the Principal of Centennial High School.

Mr. Riegler began his career in education in 1995 as a History Teacher with Thornton Fractional North High School (Calumet City, Illinois). In 1997, he joined Plainfield High School (Plainfield, Illinois) as a History Teacher and Dean of Students. In 1999, Mr. Riegler was selected as the Assistant Principal of Morris Community High School (Morris, Illinois). Mr. Riegler then started his High School Principal career in 2004, where he served Herscher High School (Herscher, Illinois) until being selected in 2009 as Principal of Crete-Monee High School (Crete, Illinois). In 2012, Mr. Riegler joined Waukegan High School (Waukegan, Illinois) as Principal. He will be leaving Waukegan to join Unit 4 Schools as Principal of Centennial High School beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Mr. Riegler served in the United States Navy as a weapons specialist from 1986-1989. In 1989 he was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy Reserve and will retire with the rank of Commander later this year.

Mr. Riegler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Valparaiso University (1992). He earned his Master of Education in School Administration and Evaluation Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1997). He also holds an Education Specialist degree from Northern Illinois University (2012). The effective date of Mr. Riegler’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Mr. Jeffrey Dobbs has been selected as the Principal of Dr. Howard. 

Mr. Dobbs began his administrative career in August 2015 when he was selected as the Assistant Principal of Dr. Howard Elementary. Prior to joining Unit 4 Schools, Mr. Dobbs was an elementary teacher with Bloomington Unit 87 Schools for 16 years. During his tenure with Bloomington, he taught at multiple grade levels. Mr. Dobbs’ other prior teaching experience includes serving as a Kindergarten Teacher with Olympia Unit 16 Schools (four years) in Stanford, Illinois and teaching 4th Grade with Community Consolidated School District 93 in Carol Stream, Illinois (one year).

Mr. Dobbs holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University (1993 - Macomb, Illinois) and a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Illinois State University (2005 – Normal, Illinois). He earned his administrative endorsement at Illinois State University (2012 - Normal, Illinois). The effective date of Mr. Dobbs’ appointment is July 1, 2017.

Ms. Lindsey Trout has been selected as the ACTIONS (Alternative to Suspension) Program Administrator. 

Ms. Trout began her career in public education in 2009 as a School Social Worker with Villa Grove Schools (Villa Grove, Illinois). In 2014, she was hired by Urbana 116 Schools (Urbana, Illinois), as School Social Worker with the Early Childhood Program. Ms. Trout will be leaving Urbana to join Unit 4 Schools as the ACTIONS Program Administrator beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Ms. Trout holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Springfield (2004) and a Master of School Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2007). She earned her Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2014). The effective date of Ms. Trout’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Mr. Jeron Blood has been selected as the Associate Principal at Edison Middle School. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Blood has served as the Interim Associate Principal (215 days/year). The position was interim due to the extended military leave of Yvette Lane-Rose. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Blood served as Assistant Principal of Edison Middle School from November 2014 through June 2016. Mr. Blood began his teaching career in August 2010 when he joined Unit 4 Schools as a Special Education Teacher with the Functional Life Skills Program at Centennial High School.

Mr. Blood holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education (2010) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership (2013), also from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The effective date of Mr. Blood’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Mr. Jesse Guzman has been selected as the Associate Principal/Summer School Principal of Jefferson Middle School. 

During the 2016-2017 school year, Mr. Guzman has served as the Interim Associate Principal (215 days/year). The position was interim due to the assignment of Danielle Cook as Interim Administrator of Novak Academy for the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Guzman served as Assistant Principal of Jefferson Middle School from August 2014 through June 2016. Mr. Guzman joined Unit 4 Schools in August 2005 as a Social Science Teacher assigned to Edison Middle School. Additionally, Mr. Guzman has served as Unit 4’s Middle Level Summer School Co-Principal every summer since 2014.

Mr. Guzman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Studies, from St. Louis University (2005), and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2014). The effective date of Ms. Guzman’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Ms. Amy Blomberg has been selected as one of two Assistant Principal/Summer School Principals at Garden Hills. 

Ms. Blomberg is currently serving Unit 4 Schools as an Assistant Principal at Stratton Elementary. She was selected for this position at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to her administrative service, Ms. Blomberg has served as an educator with Unit 4 Schools in various roles since beginning her teaching career in 1994. She served as a 2nd Grade teacher from 1994-1997. From 1997 through 2000, she served in the dual role of Reading Recovery Teacher and 2nd Grade Teacher. Beginning in 2000, she served as a Reading Recovery Teacher, Instructional Coach, Interventionist, and Enrichment Teacher before her administrative appointment at Stratton Elementary. She has also served as a Summer School Teacher and Summer School Principal.

Ms. Blomberg earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University in 1994, and a Master of Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1998. She obtained her Administrative Endorsement from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2000. Ms. Blomberg recently renewed her National Board Certified Teacher certificate in Early & Middle Childhood/Literacy. The effective date of Ms. Blomberg’s appointment as an Assistant Principal/Summer School Principal at Garden Hills Elementary is July 1, 2017.

Ms. Christina Ray has been selected as one of two Assistant Principal/Summer School Principals at Garden Hills.

Ms. Ray began her teaching career in 2012 as a Math and Language Arts Teacher with Urbana 116 Schools (Urbana, Illinois). In addition to her teaching position, she served as a Facilitator of Teachers. In this role, she led planning and problem solving within her team, and facilitated team building activities for teachers and students. Ms. Ray will be leaving Urbana to join Unit 4 Schools as an Assistant Principal/Summer School Principal at Garden Hills Elementary beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.

Ms. Ray earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Union University (Jackson, Tennessee) in 2011. She earned her Master of Arts in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017. The effective date of Ms. Ray’s appointment as an Assistant Principal/Summer School Principal at Garden Hills Elementary is July 1, 2017.

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