Administration

Superintendent - Dr. Nancy Wagner
Dr. Nancy WagnerDr. Nancy Wagner joined the River Trails School District 26 team on July 1, 2017.  Dr. Wagner was the superintendent of schools at Beach Park School District 3 since 2014 and prides herself in developing a culture of learning and high expectations for all students.  Dr. Wagner has worked as an assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in School District 59, as a junior high school principal in Skokie School District 69 as well as a teacher, and as a teacher leader and assistant principal in Kildeer CCSD 96.   Dr. Wagner received her Bachelors Degree at Indiana University, her Masters at DePaul University, her Doctorate, Education Specialist and Superintendent Endorsement at Northern Illinois University and is part of the AASA National Superintendent Endorsement Program.  Dr. Wagner believes a student-centered education will help students succeed and looks forward to working with the administrators, teachers, staff, school board and community.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services - Dr. Lyndl Schuster

Mrs. Schuster

Lyndl Schuster has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services at River Trails District 26 since August 2006. She has both a breadth and depth of experience in the field of school business having also served as an assistant school business manager, a corporate business manager and a member of a Board of Education. Ms. Schuster 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. Ms. Schuster is an active member of Illinois Association of School Business Officials and has participated in a yearlong Leadership Institute provided by this organization. Ms. Schuster believes that education holds the key to life-long success. 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 of Special Services - Dr. Miriam Cutler

Dr. Cutler

Dr. Miriam Cutler became Assistant Superintendent of Special Services in 2006. She has an extensive background in special education and leadership. Her interests include children’s rights, special education advocacy, Response to Intervention, technology, differentiated instruction, and professional development for teachers.

While in District 26, Dr. Cutler has guided the district’s efforts to implement a Response to Intervention initiative that supports all students. Cutler works closely with Dr. Silverman, the principals, assistant principals and psychologists on matters of curriculum, RTI interventions, special education programming, pre-school programming, health services, social work services and other related services in the district. As a member of the Northwest Suburban Special Education Cooperative, Cutler works collaboratively with her fellow colleagues in surrounding districts.She is also adjunct faculty at Dominican University teaching Special Education classes for graduate students.

Her goal is to maximize opportunities for special education students in the district by fostering an inclusive environment to the extent possible.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning - Mrs. Kristine Seifert

Mrs. Kristy SeifertRiver Trails is also excited to share it has selected Mrs. Kristine (Kristy) Seifert as the new 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 Masters degrees, one in curriculum and instruction and the other in educational leadership.  Her communication skills, ability to build and maintain relationships, knowledge and experiences made her stand out among the many talented applicants.  

Director of Technology - Mrs. Sue Hoffman

Mrs. Hoffman

Mrs. Susan Hoffman became the Director of Technology in July of 2009. She previously served as the District Technology Coordinator for 10 years. She started at River Trails School District in May of 1996 as an administrative assistant with duties that included Technician/Network Administrator. As the Director of Technology/Technology Coordinator she has overseen the writing of several state required technology plans and the implementation of many technology projects including a new student information system; a new voice over IP phone system; new IP intercom/speaker/clock system; a new wireless network; several broadband installations and upgrades. Over the last 15 years the district has moved from a mostly lab-based desktop environment to mostly mobile devices including laptops and chromebooks for teachers and 1:1 chromebooks for all students. All classrooms have projectors and document cameras and many have interactive whiteboards. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. In addition to her district duties, she has served for many years as a state technology plan peer reviewer. She previously served on the Illinois Computing Educators Conference Committee co-chairing the Workshop Subcommittee for many years.

Director of Buildings and Grounds- Mr. Steve Kosmicki
Mr. KosmickiMr. Kosmicki currently serves as the Director of Building and Grounds.  He started working in the district in 1979 and has been in his current position since 1995.  Mr. Kosmicki has a background in building maintenance and construction.  He currently has the designation of CPMM and is a state licensed Stationary Engineer.  Mr. Kosmicki also has an extensive knowledge in HVAC, electrical, and carpentry.   

His goal is to have all the building safe, running smoothly and looking their best.

Indian Grove School - Principal - Lynn Fisher

Mrs. Fisher

Mrs. Lynn Fisher became Principal of Indian Grove School in August of 1993. Prior to her assignment at Indian Grove, Mrs. Fisher was the Assistant Principal at River Trails Middle School from 1991-1993. She began working in District 26 as a fifth grade teacher at Euclid School in 1985. From 1986-1991, Mrs. Fisher taught sixth and seventh grade mathematics at River Trails Middle School.

Since 1993 Mrs. Fisher has led Indian Grove School through many changes including the expansion of the school, housing the NSSEO MMI program, integrating Maryville students in the school, the addition of ESL classes, a growing special education population, overseeing the Early Childhood program, an integrated Character Education curriculum and the addition of many staff specialists including Reading Interventionists and Gifted Teachers. The students at Indian Grove consistently excel at various levels including state and national assessments such as ISAT and MAP. She has also been key in adopting new curriculum and serves as a district facilitator for Language Arts and the Stakeholders Vision Team. For the past five years, Indian Grove has received the Academic Excellent Award from the State of Illinois which is based on student performance.

Mrs. Fisher earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from National Louis University and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Loyola University in the area of Educational Administration and Leadership. She is a member of ASCD, NCTM, IPA and the Midwest Principals’ Association. Mrs. Fisher has also taught graduate level classes at National Louis University and attends professional conferences every year. Mrs. Fisher resides in Mt. Prospect with her husband and three daughters.

Indian Grove School - Assistant Principal - Amy Veytsman

Mrs. VeytsmanThis is Amy Veytsman's 6th year in District 26. In her 6 years in the district, she has had the opportunity to work in all three buildings. She began as a special education teacher at Euclid and River Trails, a TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) in all 3 buildings, and now, the proud Assistant Principal at Indian Grove. Prior to her career in District 26, Amy has taught special education at Anne Sullivan School, in Prospect Heights, District 23 and at Aptakisic Jr. High, District 102 in Buffalo Grove. During her time in District 26, Amy has served on many committees, facilitated staff development trainings , and presented at the NCLB conference multiple times. 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 - Laura Gammons

Mrs. GammonsMs. Laura Gammons became the principal of Euclid School on July 1, 2008. Gammons has been an educator since 1985. She previously served as the principal of Seth Paine School in Lake Zurich. Prior to that she directed gifted programs in Lake Forest and Barrington, and taught gifted students in Barrington and Highland Park. She started her career as an intermediate grades self-contained teacher in South Berwyn.  During her tenure, she has guided Euclid School to a National Blue Ribbon nomination and an Illinois Spotlight Award  (2013). 

Euclid School - Assistant Principal - Sarah Hogan

Sarah HoganMrs. 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 continue at Euclid School in a new leadership role.  

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 - Keir Rogers

Mr. Rogers

Mr. Keir Rogers is beginning his fifth year as River Trails Middle School Principal. Rogers,taught English at both Stephen Tyng Mather High School and Carl Schurz High School in the Chicago Public Schools before becoming an assistant principal at Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Rogers has served as a K-12 administrator for the past 12 years in various diverse learning communities.

Rogers’ efforts are focused on providing a high quality comprehensive education which includes opportunities for all students to excel. Over the last three years, River Trails Middle School has expanded educational programming under his leadership. During his tenure, River Trails has implemented the Writer’s Workshop model as part of its’ English and Language Arts curriculum. The middle school has increased the number of advanced level classes for math and reading. The Gateway to Technology STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum is now a part of the encore rotation for all students. Rogers believes that every student will leave River Trails Middle School feeling a sense of academic and social accomplishment.

Mr. Rogers attributes the success of River Trails Middle school to its talented staff members, wonderful students and supportive parent community.

River Trails Middle School Assistant Principal - Mary Krall-Meske

Mrs. Krall-Meske

Mary Krall-Meske became the assistant principal of River Trails Middle School in August of 2013, where she previously taught French and Spanish for seven years. She started her career as a high school French and Spanish teacher at Lindblom College Preparatory High School in Chicago.

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.

As a teacher for District 26, she was an active member of various committees, such as the School Improvement Team, Crisis Team, and the Evaluation Committee, to name a few. She also organized the 8thgrade Career Day, a Cyber Safety school assembly, and two Cyber Safety Parent University sessions. She is very much looking forward to being more involved with the district as a whole and working collaboratively with the very talented staff members of River Trails Middle School.