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Administration

District 234

District 234 is a one-school district with administrators and district office staff located inside of Ridgewood High School. The building leadership team consists of dedicated administrators responsible for coordinating and supervising school district functions, as well as other school leaders and faculty members responsible for leading various day-to-day aspects of the school.

 

Superintendent

Jennifer Kelsall More

Dr. Jennifer Kelsall

Ridgewood Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, has been at RHS for 18 years and 25 years in education total.

Jennifer Kelsall earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, Secondary Education and Athletic Training from Illinois State University, Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Foundations from Illinois State University. 

During her time at Ridgewood High School, RHS has had many awards and accolades. In 2011, Ridgewood High School was named to the AP Achievement List by the College Board for significant gains in Advanced Placement Access and Student Performance. Additionally, in 2013 Ridgewood was honored by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Most recently, in 2015, Ridgewood was named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools.

In 2018, Kelsall was inducted into Plainfield High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

In her spare time, Kelsall enjoys many activities such as, biking, hiking, kayaking and reading. You might even catch her building/doing projects for her house or helping her husband work on their cars. Her favorite thing about Ridgewood is being part of a family that does whatever it takes to serve their students!

Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations

Thomas Parrillo More

Thomas Parrillo

Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Thomas Parrillo, has been in education since 1991. He’s served at both Steamboat Springs High School and Fort Collins High School in Colorado before coming to Ridgewood. He’s been at RHS for 19 years. 

Parrillo earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English from Colorado State University, Master of Arts in Secondary English Education from Adams State University and a C.S.B.O. from Northern Illinois University.

During his time in education, Parrillo has won multiple awards. These awards include; the N.E.D. StuCo Sponsor of the Year and Fulbright Award, Fulbright Teacher Exchange, Ozel Isik Lisesi, Istanbul, Turkey.

He has volunteered his time to various sports and activities. He coached basketball for 16 years, baseball for two years and golf for seven; and served as a Student Council Sponsor for 23 years.

In his spare time, he enjoys camping and biking with my family. His favorite part of Ridgewood is the kindness and caring of the students who attend RHS.

 

Principal

Chris Uhle More

Chris Uhle

Ridgewood Principal, Chris Uhle, has dedicated his career in Education to Ridgewood High School. In 2006, Uhle began his career at RHS as a student teacher was hired as a PE/Health teacher for the 06-07 school year.  From there, he moved into the role as Dean of Students for the 2014 school year. Uhle has been the principal at RHS since 2016.

Chris Uhle earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University, a Master in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and is in the process of earning his Doctoral in Educational Leadership from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

During his time at RHS, Uhle has been extremely involved in athletics, for six seasons from 2007-2013 he was a football coach. Additionally, he was the head baseball coach for six seasons from 2010-2016.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing. His favorite thing about Ridgewood is that the culture amongst staff and students mimics that of a family. This family like culture promotes success, acceptance and growth. 

 

Dean of Student

Gina Castellano More

Gina Castellano

Ridgewood Dean, Gina Castellano, has dedicated the past twenty years to the education field.

  • 7 years -Teacher at elementary level 
  • 9 years - School Counselor at RHS
  • 1 year - Interim Director of Student Services at RHS
  • 3 years - Dean of Students

Gina Castellano earned a B.S.Ed from Loyola University, Chicago, a Master of Arts in School Counseling from NEIU and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. She is also a National Board Certified Counselor.

In her spare time, Castellano loves all things active and hanging out out with her husband and three rescue pitbulls. Her favorite thing about Ridgewood is the camaraderie!

Student Services Director

Jennifer Snyder More

Jennifer Snyder

Ridgewood’s Student Services Director, Jennifer Snyder, has spent the past 18 years at Ridgewood. In the fall of 2000, she started as the School Social Worker and moved into the the Director of Student Services role in 2008.

Before her time at RHS, she worked for two years as a Hall Director at Albion College in Michigan and then for several years at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora as a Residence Life Coordinator.

Snyder earned a Bachelor of Arts from Millikin University, a Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University and Master’s in Education from Northern Illinois University.

For years, Snyder was the advisor for Choices, the Assistant Drama Director and a co-Advisor for FBLA. Now in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her six year old son. When she’s not busy with him; she loves to travel, try a new restaurant and spend time with friends. 

 

Athletic Director

Robert St. John More

Robert St. John

Robert St. John has been at Ridgewood High School his entire career. He began teaching in the Social Studies Department for 13 years and has been the Athletic Director for the past eight years.

 He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters of Science in Educational Administration Degree both from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.    

In 2010 St. John earned the National Soccer Coaches Association Coach Of the Year Award - Illinois Small School. As well as, the 2016-17 Illinois Athletic Director Association District 2 Athletic Director of The Year Award - 1A/2A.  

 He coached the Girls Soccer Team at Ridgewood for 13 years and the Boys Soccer Team at Ridgewood for 17 years. In 2010, he was the head coach of the Boys Soccer Team that advanced to the IHSA State Championship. They lost the game, but brought home a State Runner-Up trophy. The students and staff were all part of an incredible showing of school spirit. Almost every student and facility member of the school was in attendance for the State Semifinal match. He is thrilled to be working with the outstanding coaches, athletes, faculty, staff and community members; who together create a sense of community pride and school spirit. 

In his free time, St. John loves spending time with his wife and daughter. 

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