Mrs. Laura Bankowski

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.

 

 

 

Mrs. Julie Lam

Phone: 630-636-2211

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Mrs. Julie Lam

Assistant Principal

 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. 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. 

 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. 

 

 

Mrs. Margaret Darnell

Phone: 630-636-2212

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Mrs. Margaret Darnell

Assistant Principal

Before coming to School District 308 in 2014, Darnell taught Spanish and served as a Department Chair for World Languages/CTE/Fine Arts/ELL at Plainfield East High School in District 202.  She was also a dean for two years before moving into her current role as Assistant Principal.   Darnell values communication with students, parents, staff, and the community to support students in making positive decisions and achieving excellence in all endeavors.

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.

 

Mr. Christopher Grays

Phone: 630-636-4520

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Mr. Christopher Grays

Assistant Principal

Prior to joining the administration staff at Oswego East, Grays served as both an administrative dean of students and school counselor at Crete Monee High school in Crete, IL. Grays was responsible for implementing and sustaining discipline procedures, supervising staff, and providing constant communication to families. Grays was also responsible for leading MTSS teams that offered support to all students.

Mr. Grays received his undergraduate degree in business from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, his master's of education in school counseling from Saint Xavier University, in Chicago, and his education specialist certificate in administration and supervision from National Louis University, in Lisle, ILL.

 

Mr. Richard Watts

Phone: 630-636-4523

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Mr. Richard Watts

Special Education Coordinator

My name is Richard Watts and I am the Special Education Coordinator for Oswego East High School.   I began my career in education with Chicago Public Schools and have worked in Special Education for over 15 years. 

Over the years I have had the privilege to assist, teach, and mentor Special Education Students as a paraprofessional, teacher, department chair, and administrator. I believe this gives me a unique perspective on how to best meet the needs of each student individually.

 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2002.  In 2007, I graduated from Lewis University with a Masters of Arts in Special Education.  I received my second Masters of Arts degree from Lewis University in Educational Leadership in 2016. 

 I currently reside with my wife and our two wonderful children in the western suburbs of Chicago.  When I am not working I spend my free time enjoying many activities such as camping, fishing, and visiting with family and friends.