Principal Jim Richter

I am honored and excited to serve as principal of St. Charles East High School. East is a standard for educational excellence, and it is my top priority to create opportunities for students that enable them to achieve success academically, athletically, and personally.

St. Charles East is special for me personally because it is here that I began my teaching career. For over 14 years, as a teacher, lead teacher, and assistant principal, I have seen our students grow and mature under the guidance of talented and dedicated staff members. 

It has been my privilege to work alongside educators as part of the School Improvement Team, participate in the curriculum and instructional process, and support student learning by taking an active role in the hiring process.  

My passion for St. Charles East is also rooted in my family life. My wife and four children often accompany me to sporting events, theater performances, Auto Club car shows, Science Olympiad, HOPE Hustle and Homecoming. I am proud that they have witnessed the spirit of our students and the pride they take in being Saints.

It is imperative for families and high schools to form partnerships with the goal of supporting students as they strive to reach their goals. I look forward to working with you in the coming year and encourage you to reach out to me at any time. I am committed to making your child’s high school experience the best it can possibly be!

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Principal's Newsletter

Assistant Principals

Assistant Principal - Kelly Brittan

The 2018-2019 school year is my sixth year serving as Assistant Principal for Student Services at St. Charles East High School and my thirteenth year in school administration. I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Illinois State University, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University, and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University.

My career in education began as a school social worker over twenty years ago. After serving as a school social worker in alternative high schools, I worked as a dean in a middle school for five years. From there I spent two years as principal of a Safe Schools program in Cook County (an alternative program for students up for expulsion). Then I came to St. Charles East High School.

My work as Assistant Principal at St. Charles East High School focuses on supporting students academically as well as social-emotionally through the various programs and personnel provided at the high school. These supports include our social workers, psychologists, and other student support specialists, as well as the department of special education. I believe all students can learn when provided with the right assistance in the area in which they may be struggling.

Please contact me if you have questions and/or concerns. I look forward to partnering with you to make your experience in the SAINTS community a successful one!

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Assistant Principal - Mark Orszula

After 11 years in Education and Administration, I am transitioning into my 1st year at East High School and District 303 as the Assistant Principal for Instructional Programs. At East I will work very closely with the School Improvement Team, Instructional Support Coaches, and Lead Teachers.

Prior to coming to East, I was the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Streamwood High School. I have experience in AP testing, master scheduling, graduation, state testing, building and operations, and have been the Division Chair for Math, Career and Technical Education, Counselors, Physical Education, Drivers Education and Health. My experience leading up to Associate Principal at Streamwood High School includes: Athletic Director/Activities Director for Streamwood as well as Teaching Physical Education at Streamwood and Westmont High Schools. I was the Head Football Coach at Streamwood for 2 years and Westmont for 5 years. I was also the Head Wrestling Coach for 2 years at Westmont.

I look forward to working with the students, parents and community at East. GO SAINTS!

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Assistant Principal - Lisa Dandre

Welcome to Student Life at St. Charles East High! The Student Life Department includes all clubs and activities, the building and operations, and the Dean’s Office. Our primary purpose is to encourage students to get involved and make positive, healthy choices while in high school. We organize recognition assemblies, dances, and service projects for the entire student body. We support our students by offering activities that promote the core values of service, leadership, and community as they strive for academic excellence. Each day we work to create a safe and secure environment that allows all students to reach their potential. We believe that students “don’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care”. Student Life cares!

I started teaching at St. Charles High School in 1993. Our current Mayor, Mr. Ray Rogina, hired me! I was a Business Education teacher for nineteen years and an Instructional Support Coach for four years. I was part of the Upstate 8 as a high school student - a Lake Park Lancer. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management from Elmhurst College and a Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from Roosevelt University. I completed my Administrator Certificate/Type 75 coursework at Aurora University. I am looking forward to another year as Assistant Principal for Student Life at St. Charles East High. It’s a special place to work! I value feedback and welcome new ideas. I can’t wait to learn and work with you and your son/daughter this year!

Thanks for taking the time to read about me and the Student Life Department. Remember, it’s always a great day to be a Saint!

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Assistant Principal - Matt Gill

Education & Experience: I earned my Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and my Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Governors State University in 2003. I have ten years of classroom experience as a social studies teacher at St. Rita (Chicago) and Wheaton-Warrenville South High Schools. I have twelve years of administrative experience as Dean of Students at Wheaton North and St. Charles East High Schools.

Primary Focus: I work with the College & Career Readiness team to support our students with their academics, course planning, career exploration, college search and application process, post-high school career planning and social-emotional concerns. I also serve as the site coordinator for our AVID program and act as the administrative liaison to the Social Studies Department.

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St. Charles Community Unit School District 303