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Mrs. Laura Bankowski

Principal

Laura Pastirik-Bankowski serves as the principal of Oswego East High School.  Laura's focus is on advancing student learning along with having a commitment to serving the Oswego East community. Laura has been with SD308 since 2014, serving as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at OEHS.  Her knowledge of curriculum, assessment and instruction as well as her understanding of staff, students, and culture, provide a clear continuity of leadership.  Before coming to Oswego East, Laura began her career as a high school social science teacher and served for 8 years. She moved to Ottawa Township High School in 2007 and served as the Director of English Learners program, Director of Title I Program, Assistant Principal for Student Attendance and Discipline, and completed her tenure there as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.

Laura Pastirik-Bankowski has a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education, with a major in history and minor in social science from Western Michigan University, as well as a master’s degree in educational administration from Central Michigan University.  She also received her Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Capella University.

 

 

 

Phone: 630-636-2212

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Mrs. Margaret Darnell

Assistant Principal for Building and Operations

Before coming to School District 308 in 2014, Mrs. Darnell taught Spanish for several years in the south suburbs and served as a Department Chair for World Languages/CTE/Fine Arts/ELL at Plainfield East High School in District 202.  She was a dean for two years before moving into her current role as Assistant Principal.   Mrs. Darnell values communication with students, parents, staff, and the community to support students in making positive decisions and achieving excellence in all endeavors.  She communicates with OEHS families, manages building and facility usage, and oversees student attendance and discipline.

Mrs. Darnell earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish both from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

 

Phone: (630) 636-2211

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Mr. Kurt Laakso

Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction
 
Mr. Kurt Laakso serves as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Oswego East High School. Mr. Laakso served as the Dean of Students at Oswego East High School during the 2020-2021 school year. Before joining School District 308, Mr. Laakso was as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources at High School District 214 in Arlington Heights.  He previously served as the Principal at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, and he held the position of Division Head of English and Fine Arts at Elk Grove High School. 
 

Mr. Laakso earned his B.A. in English and American Literature and Language, cum laude, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.A.T. in English at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts; and his M.Ed. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve OE in this new capacity as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and am excited to collaborate with our stakeholders in providing a world-class education to the young men and women of our community.

Phone: 630-636-4520

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Mr. Daniel Arntzen

Assistant Principal for Student Services
 
Mr. Dan Arntzen serves as the Assistant Principal for Student Services at Oswego East High School. Before joining School District 308, Mr. Arntzen served as the Athletic Director, Director of Activities and Physical Education Division Chair at Streamwood High School.  Prior to that, he was the Assistant Athletic Director, Director of Activities and Physical Education Division Chair at Plainfield North High School. Mr. Arntzen spent the first eight years of his career in education teaching at Richard Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield Consolidated Community School District 202 while coaching baseball at Plainfield North High School. 
 
Mr. Arntzen has an undergraduate degree from Aurora University with a major in Physical Education and minors in both History and Health Education. Mr. Arntzen also has a graduate degree from Benedictine University with a focus of Educational Leadership. Mr. Arntzen values relationships with students, staff and community members and firmly believes that a positive school culture is a driving force for student success.

 

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