Oak Lawn Community High School is happy to welcome several new members to its staff for the 2022-23 school year.
Jesenia Kolimas attended Illinois State University and comes to us from Lincoln Way East High School. Jessie teaches both English 1 Honors and Spanish 1. Jessie is excited to help students succeed in her classes as well as beyond her classroom walls.
Student Services welcomes two new members to its staff. School social worker Sara McNulty comes to us from Oak Park River Forest High School. Sara has enjoyed how welcoming everyone has been and looks forward to getting to know the staff. Counselor Eileen Sears, formerly of DeKalb High School is excited to get to know her students and colleagues and loves the welcoming environment of the school.
Christina Ebertsch joined the Nurse’s office this year. Christina comes to us from Churchville Middle School in Elmhurst School District 205. Chris can be found helping with anything health related but mainly in the Nurse’s office with a stethoscope around her neck. She looks forward to being a part of the Spartan team that makes our students feel heard, respected, and cared for. Chris quotes Maya Angelou as her inspiration for her work. “People will forget about what you said. People will forget what you did. But, people will never forget how you made them feel.”
John Jensen comes to us from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School where he taught for six years. John teaches biology and serves as a substitute teacher this semester. Next semester John will also teach social studies. John is looking forward to being in the building and participating with the students outside of extracurriculars.
The Special Education Department welcomes Nick Novak back in his role as Special Education Coordinator. Nick served as assistant principal in Chicago Heights SD 170 for two years. Before working in 170, Nick taught special education here at Oak Lawn Community High School and was the head football coach. Nick said, “I am happy to be back at OLCHS. The teachers and staff are some of the best I have worked with in my career and look forward to helping our staff provide a great education to our students.”
The Dean’s Office welcomes the addition of Joseph Butler. Joe comes to us from Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, IL where he was an ELA/Social Studies teacher and coached the cross country and track teams. Joe is excited to work with the Dean’s staff and said, “The best is yet to come!”
David Early will serve as Department Chair of the Physical Education department. David served as a dean at West Aurora High School for two years and taught Physical Education, health, and Driver's Education at Plainfield East high school. David said, “In my short time at OLCHS, I can already feel the Spartan Pride and family-like atmosphere with staff and students alike. I look forward to growing as a PE department and exploring health and wellness in new and exciting ways with the students here. Go Spartans!”
Finally, the World Languages department welcomes Dustin Greenberg as its Department Chair. Dustin has taught for twelve years in the areas of ELL, bilingual education, and Spanish. Most recently, Dustin taught Spanish 2, 3, and AP at Proviso Math and Science Academy. Dustin looks forward to fostering, building, and sustaining positive relationships with the OLCHS community.
OLCHS is looking forward to an exciting year and will continue our welcome celebration at this Friday’s first home football game. Come out and cheer on the Spartans and meet our new staff. Welcome to our community!