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.
Dr. Jennifer Kelsall
Dr. Jennifer Kelsall is currently serving in her third year as the Superintendent for Ridgewood Community High School #234. The district contains one high school with 800 students from Norridge and Harwood Heights. Jennifer is married and resides in suburban Chicago. Jennifer earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University. Dr. Kelsall’s undergraduate work was at Illinois State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education and a minor in Athletic Training. Jennifer began her educational career in Lockport Township High School District #205 as a high school Science Teacher and Athletic Trainer. During this time, Jennifer also served on the National Athletic Trainers Board of Certification Exam Development Committee, assisting in the writing of the certification exam for athletic training candidates. She then moved to Ridgewood Community High School, where she has served as a Science Teacher, Division Head for Math, Science and Physical Education, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Jennifer is proud to lead the district where she has spent the majority of her career. During her leadership at Ridgewood, she has helped to increase the enrollment in Advanced Placement courses and 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 and in 2015, Ridgewood was named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best High Schools. Jennifer is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Norridge-Harwood Heights Rotary. She served on the Illinois Principals Association Board of Directors and is currently the IASA-ISBE West Cook liaison for the Illinois Association of School Administrators. She has served on several State level committees and presented at State and National conferences across the United States.
Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations
Mr. Parrillo has been in education since 1991 serving at both Steamboat Springs High School and Fort Collins High School in Colorado. He has been with the Ridgewood High School District 234 since 2000 serving as a teacher, coach, mentor and most recently as the Business Manager.
Chris stepped into the role of Principal for the 2016-2017 school year. He has spent his entire educational career at Ridgewood High School having previously served in roles including PE/Health Teacher, Dean of Students, Baseball and Football Coach, and Interim Principal. Chris currently holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health from Eastern Illinois University. Chris is both honored and excited to lead Ridgewood High School and its students, staff, parents, and community members towards new heights. He strongly believes in building and maintaining partnerships with parents and community members which are essential towards building effective and lasting relationships to support and enrich the educational experience for our students.
Dean of Student
Gina Castellano has been in the field of education for 19 years. Prior to serving as Ridgewood's Dean, she taught at the elementary level for seven years and then served as a school counselor at RHS for ten years. 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.
Student Services Director
Jen Snyder has an affinity for small schools with unusual mascots! She grew up in Downs, Illinois and graduated from Tri-Valley High School with 41 other students. Her entire high school had fewer students than one graduating class from Ridgewood. Jen then attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois – home of the Big Blue! – where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Communication. She spent two years at Albion College in Albion, Michigan cheering on the Albion Britons and working as a Residence Life Coordinator before joining the Residence Life staff at the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. While working at IMSA, she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Jen joined the Rebel family in August 2000 as the School Social Worker and continued in that role until 2008 when she became the Director of Student Services. Jen’s free time is filled with family and friends, including her wife, Linda, and their son, Dagan.
Robert St. John
Rob St. John is entering his 20th year in the field of education. Rob was a member of the Ridgewood Social Studies Department for 13 years where he taught World Cultures, American History, American Government, Economics, Practical Law, and Sociology. Outside the classroom Rob served as both the Ridgewood High School Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer Coach. Rob earned both his Bachelor of Arts Degree and his Masters of Science in Educational Administration Degree from Northern Illinois University. Rob 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.