Mr. Phil Murray

Phone: 630-636-3300

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Mr. Phil Murray

Principal

I am proud to serve you as the principal of Long Beach Elementary School. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst, Ill., in 1995. I began my teaching career as a seventh grade math teacher at West Chicago Middle School. After two years, I transitioned to Winfield Middle School as a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math teacher, where I remained for seven years. My last two years in Winfield, I served a dual role as a math teacher and assistant principal. I received my master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in 2002.

I have been in School District 308 for the past 10 years, serving as assistant principal at Traughber Junior High School for five years and at Bednarcik Junior High for one year. In 2010, I was hired as the principal of Hunt Club Elementary School, where I served for three years before moving to Long Beach Elementary School to start the 2013-14 school year. As I start my 11th year with the district and 20th year in education, I believe that doing everything we can to provide all students the best opportunity to learn and excel is at the forefront of my passion. I look forward to serving the staff, students and families of Long Beach 

Mr. Alex Gonzalez

Phone: 630-636-3300

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Mr. Alex Gonzalez

Assistant Principal

My name is Alex Gonzalez and I am honored to be the new Assistant Principal at Long Beach! I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois State University in 2012. I began my career as a 2nd grade teacher at Grande Park Elementary in SD308. I received my master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Francis in 2016. Last year, I was an Assistant Principal in the West Aurora School District 129; however, I am happy to be back home in SD308! I have served on the District 308 Science Curriculum team and was also one of the directors for the 308 Adventure Camp. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the students, parents, staff members, and community members within Long Beach as well as within District 308. My goal is to work with everyone to create the safest, most positive learning environment that allows all students to succeed!

Please know that if you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to a fantastic year at Long Beach!

 

Mrs. Kim Payton

Phone: 630-636-3326

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Mrs. Kim Payton

Special Education Coordinator

It is my privilege to serve as the special education coordinator for Churchill Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, and a few of our 308 students attending private programs.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. in 1983. I began my career as a social worker in a private child welfare agency working with children and adolescents with social emotional and behavior disorders. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. I continued my work within children and adolescents while pursuing the post-graduate certificate for school social work through Loyola University in Chicago Ill in 1988. I began my career as a school social worker with Joliet Public School District 86 in 1988 where I remained for two years.  I then accepted a school social work position with Morris Elementary School District 54 initially working with students kindergarten through eighth grade and ultimately with students in grades sixth through eighth. I completed post-graduate coursework through Governors State University in University Park, Ill and Illinois State University in Normal, Ill towards certification in school administration. It was my honor to continue working within Morris Elementary District 54 first as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and then as Principal until 2011.

In 2011 I welcomed the opportunity to serve as a special education coordinator with Kendall County Special Education Cooperative where I worked with students and their families in both the Yorkville School District 115 and Community School District 308. I am grateful for the education that the children and families have given me over the course of my career. I have found they have been some of my very best teachers about me as a professional and life through the eyes and heart of a child.