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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.



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Dr. Jennifer Kelsall

Ridgewood Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, has been at RHS for 20 years and 29 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

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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 22 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.


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Eric Lasky

Dr. Eric Lasky is a passionate educator with a strong commitment to providing quality education for the past 23 years. With a diverse educational background and extensive experience, Dr. Lasky brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role as the high school principal.

Dr. Lasky's educational journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Math Education, which provided a solid foundation for his teaching career. He then pursued further academic achievements, earning three master's degrees, including Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leaders, and Educational Business Administration. Driven by a desire to excel in educational leadership, Dr. Lasky went on to obtain a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  He is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lasky has actively engaged with the school community beyond the classroom. During his first decade of teaching, he took on various roles, including coaching three sports, announcing home football games, and serving as the student council sponsor. His involvement in extracurricular activities allowed him to connect with students on a deeper level and contribute to their overall development.

During his first ten years of teaching, he coached three sports, announced all home football games, and was the student council sponsor. Lasky coached Track and Field for one year, Baseball for 13 years, Golf for 17 years (4 at RHS), and Basketball for 17 years.  Over the last few years, Dr. Lasky has extended his coaching skills to his own children's sports teams, fostering their athletic growth and instilling values of teamwork and sportsmanship. His daughter, aged 11, excels in travel soccer and basketball, while his son, aged 14, is an active participant in travel basketball and volleyball.

In his personal life, Dr. Lasky has a thirst for adventure and actively seeks new experiences. He holds an advanced open-water scuba-diving certification, demonstrating his love for exploring the depths of the ocean. Additionally, during his college years, he developed a keen interest in skydiving, showcasing his willingness to embrace thrilling challenges.

As the high school principal, Dr. Eric Lasky combines his extensive educational background, coaching experience, and passion for student success to create a positive and inclusive learning environment. He is dedicated to fostering academic excellence, promoting student engagement, and preparing students for future endeavors.

Assistant Principal


Agnes Stankiewicz

Assistant Principal Agnes Stankiewicz has dedicated her career to education for the past 8 years which originated at Ridgewood High School where she began as an intern. Agnes has been a social worker, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal before officially returning to Ridgewood for the 23-24 school year. Agnes has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s in School Social Work and a Master’s in Education Leadership - Principal Preparation. It is important to Agnes that school is a safe place for students to learn and explore their passions and interests. It’s important for students to be connected with trusted adults at school which is something that Agnes strives to be. Agnes also enjoys collaborating with staff, working hand-in-hand with teachers to create the best educational experience possible for students.

Agnes encourages students to get involved in clubs and sports outside of the school day. Agnes loves being able to see students compete in athletics, showcase their art, sing or act on stage. A good high school experience can often be made great by involvement in an extracurricular activity. Agnes believes that when students are exposed to various robust experiences and opportunities in high school, they are able to proceed with their future in positive ways.

Outside of school, Agnes enjoys spending time with family and friends, bike riding, cooking and gardening. Agnes enjoys learning about different cultures and backgrounds. Agnes is a fluent Polish speaker and continues to work on her Spanish speaking skills.

Dean of Students

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Ryan Goldflies

Ryan Goldflies has spent the past 18 years in the Chicago Public Schools. He has worked as a Social Studies Teacher, AVID Coordinator, Physical Education Teacher, Physical Education Department Chair, Instructional Leadership Team Lead, Assistant Head Varsity Football Coach, and Head Boys and Girls Track and Field Coach.

Ryan attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Since his undergraduate studies, he has earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. 

Ryan strongly believes that all students can be successful with the proper academic and social-emotional support. 

In his spare time Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Athletic Director

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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 twelve 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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