OAK LAWN, IL – Oak Lawn Community High School is pleased to welcome several new members to its staff for the 2022-23 school year.
Jesenia Kolimas attended Illinois State University and comes to OLCHS from Lincoln Way East High School. Kolimas teaches both Specialized English 1 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 OLCHS from Oak Park River Forest High School. McNulty appreciated everyone’s welcome and is looking forward to getting to know the staff. Councilor Eileen Sears, formerly of DeKalb High School, enjoys getting to know her students and colleagues and enjoys the school’s welcoming environment.
Christina Ebertsch joined the nurse’s office this year. Ebertsch’s most recent position was Churchville Middle School in School District 205 in Elmhurst. Ebertsch can be found helping out with anything health-related, but mostly in the nurse’s office with a stethoscope around his neck. She looks forward to being part of the Spartan team that makes our students feel heard, respected and supported. Ebertsch cites Maya Angelou as an inspiration for her work. “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.
John Jensen comes from Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School, where he taught for six years. Jensen is teaching biology and serving as a substitute teacher this semester. Next semester, he will also be teaching social studies. Jensen looks forward to being in the building and participating with the students outside of extracurricular activities.
The Department of Special Education welcomes Nick Novak to his role as Special Education Coordinator. Novak served as assistant manager at Chicago Heights SD 170 for two years. Prior to working at S170, he taught special education here at Oak Lawn Community High School and served as the head football coach.
“I’m happy to be back at OLCHS,” Novak said. “The teachers and staff are some of the best I have worked with in my career and I look forward to helping our staff provide an excellent education for our students.”
The Dean’s office welcomes the addition of Joseph Butler. Butler comes to us from Parker Junior High School in Flossmoor, where he was an ELA/social studies teacher and coach of the cross country and track and field teams. He is delighted to work with the Dean’s staff and said, “The best is yet to come”.
David Early will serve as chair of the physical education department. Early served as the dean of West Aurora High School for two years and taught physical education, health, and driving at Plainfield East High School.
“During my short stay at OLCHS, I can already feel the Spartan Pride and family atmosphere with staff and students,” Early said. “I look forward to growing as a physical education 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 Department Director. Dustin has taught for twelve years in the areas of ELL, Bilingual Education and Spanish. Most recently, Greenberg taught Spanish 2, 3, and AP at Proviso Math and Science Academy. He looks forward to fostering, building and maintaining positive relationships with the OLCHS community.
~ Contributed by Jennifer Jepsen, OLCHS Editor