Walker School

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  7260 North Avenue, Frankfort, IL, 60423
 Phone (815) 469-4330


Principal: Laura C. Goebel
Associate Principal: Jennifer Winefka
Assistant Principal: Johnathan Bratko

  School Hours

Office Hours: 7:25am - 3:55pm
School Hours: 7:50am - 2:20pm

In 2001, I began my teaching career in Summit Hill School District 161 at Indian Trail Elementary School instructing 3rd grade students in all core subject areas. After eight years at Indian Trail, I transferred to Summit Hill Junior High School where I taught 7th grade reading and language arts for five years. Once I earned my administrative degree, I knew I wanted to give even more back to the community of Summit Hill School District 161, my second family. Walker Intermediate is where my administrative career began as the assistant principal for a year before taking on the principalship for the next five years.

Today begins my twenty-first year in Summit Hill School District and second year at Summit Hill Junior High as principal. I am very proud to be joining and serving the staff and students of the junior high.

I have always taken great pride in education and have taught my students the same especially when goals are created and the process to achieve them are accomplished. Reaching my professional goals began in 2001, when I received my Bachelors of Science in Education from Illinois State University. Just a few years later, in 2004, I earned my Masters in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University and then went on to earn my Masters in Educational Administration from SXU in 2007. Throughout my educational journey and career, I always strive to gain many experiences in order to support staff and students in the best possible way. This has led me to become the administrator I am today; one who puts students’ best interests at the forefront of every decision while supporting and leading my incredible staff.

Career and education have been top priorities in my life, but my two amazing children are as well. My son is the most energetic, athletic, enthusiastic eighth grader out there and my daughter, entering fifth grade, is just as smart, compassionate, and energetic as her big brother. Both are my pride and joy. Both absolutely love Summit Hill School District staff and students as much as I do. And both will continue to be our biggest cheerleaders!
Here’s to a wonderful year at SHJH! 
Laura C. Goebel, Principal  

Laura C. Goebel

I began my career in education as a Special Education teacher at Hickory Creek Middle School in 2006. In 2008, I was given the opportunity to join Lincoln-Way School District 210 as a Special Education teacher at Lincoln-Way Central High School. The following year, I was assigned to Lincoln-Way West High School where I taught both collaborative and instructional math classes and was also a dean. In 2018, I joined the administrative team of Summit Hill Junior High. It is with great excitement that I am returning to Summit Hill Junior High School for my fourth year as a member of the administrative team at SHJH. I reside in Frankfort with my husband and three children and am honored to be able to support the staff, students, and community in which we live.
Jennifer Winefka, Associate Principal

Jennifer Winefka

Associate Principal