Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Jodi Megerle
Dr. Jodi Megerle began serving as superintendent of schools on July 1, 2022. Prior to that, she spent three years as the assistant superintendent for student services. Dr. Megerle began her teaching career as a special education teacher, working at the middle and high school levels. Following several years of teaching, she spent fifteen years as a middle school assistant principal and principal in Barrington School District #220, Round Lake Area School District #116 and Community Consolidated School District #59. Dr. Megerle currently holds a BA in special education from Arizona State University, a Master’s Degree and Educational Specialist Degree from Northern Illinois University and recently completed her Doctoral Dissertation in Education Leadership at NIU. She is thrilled to be part of the River Trails community and cherishes working with the wonderful students, amazing staff and supportive families in the district.
Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
Dr. Lyndl Schuster
Dr. Lyndl Schuster has served as the assistant superintendent for business services at River Trails District 26 since August 2006. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in management with a concentration in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She attended the School Business Management program jointly sponsored by Northern Illinois University and Illinois Association of School Business Officials and received her Chief School Business Officials endorsement in 2003. In 2016 she received her doctorate, educational leadership and superintendent endorsement from Western Illinois University. Dr. Schuster is passionate about the environment and leads the district’s sustainability efforts as well as the District Wellness Committee, which focuses on employee and student health and wellness as well as environmental wellness. She believes that education holds the key to life-long success and her goal is to ensure that every student is inspired to learn and to reach their maximum potential while District 26 maintains financial stability.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
Mrs. Kristine Seifert
Mrs. Kristine (Kristy) Seifert is the district's assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Mrs. Seifert has been in education since 2000 as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in Palatine School District 15, working with students of all backgrounds. She has a BA in education from Purdue and two master's degrees, one in curriculum and instruction and the other in educational leadership.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
Dr. Carie Cohen
Dr. Cohen joined River Trails School District 26 in 2022. Previously she served as the director of student services for Lake Zurich District 95. Prior to that, she spent three years as the coordinator of special services for Hawthorn School District 73. She began her career as a special education teacher and also has acted as a university supervisor for National Louis University. Dr. Cohen earned a Doctorate in Disability Studies from National Louis University in 2011 and a Director of Special Education Endorsement in 2018.
Director of Innovation and Technology
Mr. Matt Tombs
Matt Tombs joined River Trails School District 26 in 2021 as the Director of Innovation and Technology. Mr. Tombs has been an educator since 2009, has devoted his educational career to transforming technology in schools. He has previously served in roles as a Digital Learning Coach and as a classroom teacher. Mr. Tombs has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, as well as two masters degrees in educational technology and educational leadership.
Indian Grove School - Principal
Mr. William Timmins
After graduating from DePaul University, Mr. Timmins started his career in Chicago Public Schools before moving to Community Consolidated School District 59 in Elk Grove. Mr. Timmins taught reading, science, and technology and, after completing a master's in Curriculum and Instruction and an administrative certification program through Concordia University Chicago, moved into assistant principal and principal roles in District 59. He took over as principal of Indian Grove Elementary in 2020. Mr. Timmins is currently completing a doctoral program in Educational Leadership through Concordia.
Indian Grove School - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Emily Kruzel
Mrs. Emily Kruzel has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in school social work from the University of Chicago. After being a lifelong Illinois resident, she and her husband relocated to Milwaukee, where she served as a school social worker in both urban and suburban districts. While in the role of a school social worker, she found herself in a variety of leadership roles and opted to complete a program to obtain her master's in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. After 7 years being a school social worker and living out of state, she returned home to Illinois, and is immensely grateful to be a part of the Indian Grove (and greater RTSD) family as an assistant principal. In Mrs. Kruzel's free time, she enjoys cooking with her husband, taking walks with friends, visiting with family and playing with her nieces.
Prairie Trails School - Principal
Mrs. Amy Veytsman
Mrs. Amy Veytsman has spent more than two decades in education, a majority of them with River Trails School District 26. While with the district, she has had the opportunity to work in all three buildings, and in 2021 became the first principal of Prairie Trails School for kindergarten and preschool students. She has served as a special education teacher, a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), and assistant principal at Indian Grove, before becoming the kindergarten and early learning transition facilitator. Prior to her career in District 26, Amy taught special education at Anne Sullivan School, in Prospect Heights, and at Aptakisic Jr. High, in Buffalo Grove. During her time in District 26, Amy has served on many committees, facilitated staff development workshops, presented at the NCLB conference and taken on many different leadership roles. Amy has a Bachelors of Science in Education degree from Illinois State University and a Masters of Education in Administration from National Louis University. She currently resides in Arlington Heights with her husband and three children.
Euclid School - Principal
Ms. Karen Daly
Ms. Karen Daly has worked in education for more than two decades and is currently the principal at Euclid Elementary. Karen has held a variety of roles in schools such as middle school teacher, literacy specialist, mentoring coordinator, curriculum writer and assistant principal. Karen earned her undergraduate degree in English education at University of Illinois, earned a master's in curriculum/instruction from Illinois State University, and a master's in organizational leadership at U of I. Karen has been a National Board Certified teacher since 2001.
Karen lives in Palatine, loves the outdoors, runs and rides her bike for exercise, and reads voraciously during the summer months when time slows down a bit. Her daughter, Sofia, is in high school and is an avid soccer player.
Euclid School - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Sarah Hogan
Mrs. Hogan began working at Euclid School in the Fall of 1999 as a social worker. In the fall of 2018, she began the role of assistant principal. She is thrilled to serve in a leadership role at Euclid.
Mrs. Hogan completed her undergraduate studies at University of Notre Dame and her master's in social work degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Additionally, she completed a certification of educational leadership from National Louis University.
River Trails Middle School - Principal
Mrs. Mary Krall-Meske
Mary Krall-Meske became the principal of River Trails Middle School in July of 2020. She started her career as a high school French and Spanish teacher at Lindblom College Preparatory High School in Chicago before coming to River Trails School District 26 in August of 2006. She became the assistant principal of River Trails Middle School in August of 2013.
In 2003 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, majoring in Spanish and Secondary Education, and minoring in French, ELL, and Bilingual Education. In 2011, she earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Mrs. Krall-Meske is both thrilled and grateful to have this opportunity with District 26, as she knows just how special this community is. She went into education hoping to make a difference, and she believes that positive relationships with students, staff, and families are the key to a healthy and successful learning environment. She is excited for the continued collaboration with the district as a whole, and to continue working with the very talented staff members at RTMS to ensure the success of all students.
When Mrs. Krall-Meske is not in school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her amazing son, Henry.
River Trails Middle School - Assistant Principal
Mr. Kyle Henkel
Kyle Henkel is thrilled to join River Trails Middle School as an Assistant Principal. Prior to this year, he served as a Dean of Students, high school, and middle school teacher. He completed his undergraduate from Illinois State University and received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.
Kyle spends as much free time with his wife and two sons as possible. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys woodworking, and loves being outdoors.