Phone: 630-636-3710


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cortnye Russell

  • Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.” -Abigail Adams

    Our learning community, along with all learning communities in the state, and even the nation, have persevered through waters we could not have imagined when I first became principal of Wolf’s Crossing in 2019. During the ‘21-’22 school year, we truly are “Better Together” and we are coming together as a team to meet students where they are, support each other, and problem-solving anything unexpected that comes our way with returning to in-person learning full-time. The amount of planning, understanding, and patience we have all afforded each other speaks to the quality of the teachers, staff, and students here in our learning community. I am proud to be your principal!

    SD308 is committed to providing the most supportive return to in-person learning as possible with Social Emotional Learning built into the daily schedules for grades K-5, and the adoption of the new Second Step digital platform. As part of our Envision 308 five year plan, elementary and middle schools have created a robust training and implementation plan to begin implementing our Framework for Learning. The lens through which we complete every step of this implementation is through the lens of diversity and differentiation, showing commitment to all learners, and learning from one another’s life stories and perspective along the way. We are focused on raising the voice of each and every learning as a unique person to be honored.

    My background in education includes teaching Art at Schaumburg High School, and Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield District 202. My varied experiences and leadership roles in my 10 years as an administrator-Dean of Students and Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and now principal of Wolf’s Crossing for three years have been both very rewarding and very humbling.. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education (K-12) from Elmhurst College in 1999, and my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of St. Francis  in 2009.

    Leading our community in order to provide the best possible education for each of our students is truly my passion! As a life-long learner, I seek out opportunities to grow both as a professional and an individual continuously, and give my very best to the staff and students of Wolf's Crossing each day.


    Ms. Cortnye J. Russell, Principal

Phone: 630-636-3711


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Mr. Jeffrey Rainaldi

Jeff Rainaldi-Assistant Principal

Welcome! I am so proud and honored to be the assistant principal at Wolf’s Crossing Elementary School again this school year.  This is my 15th year in School District 308.  Before coming to WC, I was an elementary teacher at Grande Park Elementary School where I taught both 4th and 5th grade, worked on the Building Leadership team, was the district's 4th grade level mentor, head Mastery Connect coach (for the building), and on the committees for both the math and science curriculum adoption.  

I received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Illinois State University, Normal, IL in 2002.  In 2007 I received a Bachelor’s in Education from Aurora University, Aurora, IL.  And most recently I received a Master’s in Principal Leadership from St. Francis University, Joliet, IL.  I am extremely excited to be a Wolverine and ready for another great school year.

Phone: 630-636-3713


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Ms. Sarah Commike

I am super excited to start my third year in Oswego School District as a Program Administrator/Coordinator for the STARS Program at Wolf’s Crossing, Thompson Junior High, and Oswego High School.  

I have been in the education field for over 17 years working with students in special education.  I started my career as a paraprofessional at a therapeutic day school and fell in love with teaching. I returned to school to be a special education teacher and quickly realized that not only did I have a passion for teaching students, but also working with teachers.  This passion led me back to school to gain my master’s degree in Educational Administration. As an administrator, I have worked as the principal of a Private Therapeutic Day School, a Special Education Coordinator in Huntley School District, and as a coordinator at a school for students with Autism.

In each of my roles, I have sought to ensure the success of each student.  I believe that education is a life-long process and look forward to learning more about the students, families, teachers, staff, and schools in District 308. My most rewarding moments have always involved working in close partnership with families, students, and other professionals to create meaningful experiences and positive outcomes for students and families.  For children to reach their greatest potential and become lifelong learners, it takes a partnership of committed administrators, teachers, parents, support staff and students.