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, extracurricularly, and personally.

St. Charles East is special for me personally because it is here that I began my teaching career. For over 18 years, I have seen our students grow and mature under the guidance of talented and dedicated staff members. 

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, and club/activity events. 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 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

I have been a member of the St. Charles East SAINTS community as Assistant Principal for Student Services since the 2013-2014 school year.  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 in 1997. 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

I am in my 4th year at East High School and District 303 as the Assistant Principal for Instructional Programs, this is my 15th year in education. At East I 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 am currently working on my doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University.

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. 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. I have been serving in my current role as Assistant Principal for College & Career Readiness since July 1, 2017.

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. Please visit our College & Career Readiness website under the Students tab for resources and information. 

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Athletic Director

Athletic Director – Mike Sommerfeld

Welcome to St. Charles East High School Home of the Fighting Saints!  St. Charles East Athletics has a storied tradition of excellence. I am proud to be in my 7th year here as a Saint leading the Athletic Department.  

I graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in History, and I earned myMaster’s Degree in School Administration from Lewis University. 

I have been education for over 20 years, and this is my 14th year in Athletic Administration. I am very honored to serve our students and community and we hope we provide them with a great high school athletic experience.


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Dean of Students – Shawn Burke
Students (Grig – Pari)

I started my career in education as a PE Teacher at Martino Jr. High in New Lenox, IL. While teaching, I worked on completing my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. After 7 years of teaching, I was given the opportunity to become the Assistant Principal/Dean of Students at Plano High School in Plano, IL before coming to St. Charles East as a Dean of Students. My goal is to help all students achieve their fullest potential, academically and socially, while navigating their high school careers.

Having been at St. Charles East since 2003, I have seen many changes in the culture and climate of our staff and students but the one thing that has never changed is the focus on our students’ success. This is truly a special place and as the saying goes – No matter where you go, the sun always rises in the East.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your student and I will do my best to help in any way I can.

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Dean of Students – Patrick Woods
Students (A – Grif)

I began working at St. Charles East in 2011. I have been involved in education for 24 years. After graduating from University of Illinois, I began teaching physical education and coaching various sports. I continued on with a Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Upon completion of my Masters, I have held various educational leadership positions. Prior to St. Charles East, I served as a Dean and Athletic Director at Ridgewood High School. I was initially hired at St. Charles East to teach Physical Education and Coach Varsity Boys Basketball. I have since returned to Administration and currently work in the Deans Office. In the Deans Office I enjoy the frequent interaction with students and helping to guide them in decision making throughout their high school career. 

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Dean of Students – Eric Hofer
Students (Park- Z)

I received a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From there, I went to work as an Elementary Physical Education teacher at Covington School in Oak Lawn for 11 years. During that time, I received my Master’s Degree in Administration from St. Xavier University. I left Covington school to become the Dean of Students at Morton East High School Freshman Center. I spent one year at the Freshman Center, which provided me outstanding training for my next job as Dean of Students at St. Charles East High School. I have been a dean at St. Charles East High School since the 2006-2007school year.

My goal is to make St. Charles East a safe and enjoyable place for all students. I work closely with the Social Workers and Counselors to help solve all student issues. Part of my job responsibilities is to administer discipline to students for infractions to the rules as stated in our Student Handbook. I do this by hearing all sides of the story and making a decision based on the facts, which I have found. The consequence for the students’ actions will be determined as outlined in the Handbook.

With a little assistance, our students do make outstanding decisions, making St. Charles East a wonderful school for our students to reach their academic goals.   

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St. Charles Community Unit School District 303