Leadership Team

Ken Wallace

 

Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent
Dr. Ken Wallace is in his 12th year with Maine Township High School District 207, first as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and for the past 8 years as Superintendent. While Dr. Wallace was Assistant Superintendent he led improvements in the District’s technology program that included becoming Google’s first k-12 partner and pioneering 1:1 learning.

In 2015, Maine 207 received an International Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education, and was named one of America’s 14 Most Innovative School Systems in April of 2016 by Tech Insider. Dr. Wallace has made teacher leadership and job-embedded professional development a focus. District 207 is perhaps the only U.S. district that includes annual instructional coaching plans for all teachers who work with peer teacher coaches. One of the District’s four coaching paths includes authentic teacher action research, and the District has developed a research consortium with Northwestern, Illinois ASCD, several other universities and local Districts.

An educator for 31 years, Dr. Wallace was a high school English and journalism teacher for five years and taught computer science for six years. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Southern Indiana and Ed.S and Ph.D degrees from Indiana State University. Dr. Wallace was named the 2017 Illinois Association of Career and Technical Education Champion of the year for the District’s innovative work to improve college and career counseling and experiences for every District student.

Greg Dietz

 

Mr. Greg Dietz, Assistant Superintendent for General Administration
Mr. Greg E. Dietz serves as Assistant Superintendent for General Administration, a position he has held since 2005. Mr. Dietz has spent his entire professional career serving District 207 students and staff. Hired in 1988 as a chemistry and physics teacher, Mr. Dietz started his administrative career in 1995 when he became the Department Chairman for Science and later served as the Assistant Principal for Staff and Instruction at Maine South. In 1989, Mr. Dietz was named Teacher of Year at Maine South, an award voted on by both students and staff. 

Recently, Mr. Dietz was honored at the 10th Annual State Conference for the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, a state-wide organization that he and a few colleagues founded in 2007. Mr. Dietz's work as the Assistant Superintendent for General Administration focuses on human resources, collective bargaining, union relations, policy development and staff recruitment. In his spare time, Mr. Dietz enjoys cooking, restoring railroad lanterns, running his eBay business and anything University of Iowa-related...Go Hawkeyes!

Barb Dill-Varga



 

 

Dr. Barb Dill-Varga, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Barb Dill-Varga is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Maine Township HS District 207. Barb began her career in education as a high school English teacher at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. During this time, she also had the opportunity to spend one year overseas in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher, teaching English to the Welsh. A few years after returning from Wales, she was selected to chair the English-Speech-ESL department, which she did for 11 years. In 2000, she was selected as the Associate Principal for Instruction in Glenbrook High School District 225 in Glenview and Northbrook. In 2003, she was chosen to be the new Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services and Board Secretary for Glenbrook 225, a position she held for six years. In 2009, she was recruited to replace Dr. Ken Wallace as his Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction to support him in all things “teaching and learning” as he moved up to become Maine 207’s new Superintendent of Schools.

In addition to traditional roles in education, Barb has a decade of staff development experience training teachers across northern Illinois in conjunction with the Illinois Writing Project and AT&T’s Writer’s Workbench initiative.  She also has been an adjunct professor for Wheaton College, Loyola, and currently is in her third year teaching for Concordia University, both in face-to-face and online formats. 

Barb completed her Bachelor of Arts in English from Wheaton College, her Master of Arts in English from Northwestern University, her Type 75 from Concordia University, and received her doctorate degree from Loyola University in 2011.

Mary Kalou

 

Ms. Mary Kalou, Assistant Superintendent for Finance
Ms. Kalou has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO for District 207 since July 2009.  She has more than 20 years of experience as a school business official.  After spending several years at a large public accounting firm, Mary began her school district career at District 207 in 1993, serving as the Director of Accounting.  She served in that capacity for 5 years.  Mary has also served as an Assistant Superintendent for both Arlington Heights School District 25 and Lake Zurich School District 95.

In addition to being a certified public accountant, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, a Master of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University, an ED. S. from Northern Illinois University and received her Chief School Business Official(CSBO) endorsement from Northern Illinois University. 

Jason Klein

 

Dr. Jason Klein, Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning
Dr. Klein has served as a teacher, Dean of Students, Principal, and a central office administrator over the course of his career. Dr. Klein focuses on ensuring that all students benefit from challenging, differentiated learning opportunities as well as providing up-to-date, cost effective technological tools, systems, and services to ensure that students and staff can learn and create. Areas of expertise include: curriculum design, instructional strategies, student assessment and data, use of technology, technology planning and purchasing, school communications, and school law.

Mike Pressler
 

 

Dr. Mike Pressler, Principal - Maine East High School
Dr. Pressler is dedicated to a strengths-focused approach to teaching and learning that honors each student’s individual assets and proclivities as the basis for creating relevant and engaging learning experiences. Helping students identify interests and passions and then weaving those into learning experiences at school is central to his personal educational mission.

Pressler has been a District 207 administrator for 25 years: he has been Principal at Maine East since 2010, following five years as Assistant Principal for Instruction. He earlier served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Maine South, during which time the department received state and national recognition for exemplary arts education programs. Before coming to Maine 207, he taught at Lyons Township High School, Wichita East High School (KS), and in downstate Carlinville, Illinois. Pressler holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Additionally he has completed advanced degree course work in public school administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Audrey Haugan

 

Dr. Audrey Haugan, Principal - Maine West High School
Dr. Haugan has served as Maine West Principal since 2005. Previously at West, she taught, chaired the English Department and served as Assistant Principal for Instruction. She also served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for three years in DuPage District 88. Dr. Haugan started her teaching career at Mother Guerin High School. Here in District 207, she has provided leadership and development for major initiatives including Freshman Academy, an American Studies team-taught course, a district-wide curriculum framework, data-driven Professional Learning Teams and extensive Response to Intervention support for students. Her goal is to instill in all students a strong connection to school and a love for learning. 

Dr. Haugan holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University, a Master's Degree in Language Arts from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from Illinois State University. She is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership program at Concordia University. 

Shawn Messmer

 

Mr. Shawn Messmer, Principal - Maine South High School
After starting a career in advertising following his Bachelor’s Degree, Mr. Messmer realized through his work as a basketball coach that his passion resided in helping young people reach their full potential and prepare for a successful school and work life. From there, he taught middle school and high school before serving as an assistant principal for five years at Souderton Area High School in Pennsylvania, his home state. He earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and principal’s certification at Lehigh University.

In 2010, Mr. Messmer became the principal at Maine South. Additionally, he is currently a member of the Midwest Principal’s Center’s Advisory Board, serves as the secretary of the Central Suburban League athletic conference, and is pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership at Concordia University of Chicago. Shawn is a fan of all things Philadelphia and is the proud father of three children.




Dr. Mike Pressler, Principal - Maine East High School
Dr. Pressler is dedicated to a strengths-focused approach to teaching and learning that honors each student’s individual assets and proclivities as the basis for creating relevant and engaging learning experiences. Helping students identify interests and passions and then weaving those into learning experiences at school is central to his personal educational mission.

Pressler has been a District 207 administrator for 25 years: he has been Principal at Maine East since 2010, following five years as Assistant Principal for Instruction. He earlier served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Maine South, during which time the department received state and national recognition for exemplary arts education programs. Before coming to Maine 207, he taught at Lyons Township High School, Wichita East High School (KS), and in downstate Carlinville, Illinois. Pressler holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Additionally he has completed advanced degree course work in public school administration at UIUC.

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