Phone: 630-636-2209

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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: 630-636-2211

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Mrs. Julie Lam

Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction

 Julie Lam is the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Oswego East High School.  She began her educational career by teaching high school science, including several levels of biology (gifted, honors, regular, ESL, and International Baccalaureate), chemistry, and health care careers. After six years, she transitioned to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. In her first role as Senior Coordinator in Guest Experiences, she was responsible for managing exhibits including the Coal Mine and You! the Experience. In her next role as Senior Educator in the Institute for Quality Science Teaching and Learning, she developed hands-on and inquiry-based middle school science curricula (life, environmental, physical, Earth systems, space science; and engineering) and taught teachers how to effectively utilize the curricula in their classrooms. Mrs. Lam started in SD308 in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Secondary Education. In this role, she had oversight of many secondary curriculum teams including math, ELA, science, kinetic wellness, and world languages. She gained building leadership experience as the High School Summer School Coordinator for three summers prior her appointment as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Oswego East High School in 2017. 

Mrs. Lam earned her bachelor's degree with honors in biology and secondary education from Loyola University Chicago, master’s degree in general biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  She also earned a general administrative K-12 endorsement from Lewis University in Romeoville, and is currently an Ed.S./Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies candidate at Northern Illinois University. Lam speaks three dialects of Chinese: Teochew, Cantonese, and Mandarin, which are listed in order of proficiency starting with her native tongue. 

 

 

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: 630-636-4520

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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.

 

Phone: 630-636-4503

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Dr. Mary Bringas

Special Education Program Administrator

Dr. Mary Bringas began working at Oswego East this year in August 2020 as a Special Education Program Administrator. Before becoming an administrator with Oswego District 308, she was a principal in Beach Park, Illinois. Dr. Bringas is focused on building partnerships with students, staff and parents to create a culture of collaboration and teamwork in order to build an environment where all students excel. 

Dr. Bringas received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Lewis University. She then obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as a Masters in Educational Leadership at Concordia University. And in 2017, she obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, also at Concordia University.