Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year where Spartans take MOMENTUM and use their attitude to determine their direction!
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 following five years. Today begins my twenty-third year in Summit Hill School District and fourth 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 have always strived 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 sophomore out there and my daughter, entering seventh grade here at SHJH, is just as smart, compassionate, and energetic as her older 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 #attitudedeterminesdirection
My name is Monica S. Laux, and I am the Assistant Principal at Summit Hill Junior High School. I am excited to be working with the students, families, staff and community of School District 161. To have the opportunity to help lead a school with persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community is a great privilege and huge honor. I am a transformational leader who is student centered, with experience in school leadership, social emotional learning, and educator effectiveness. I’ve spent over twenty years working in public education in varying grade levels. I pride myself in the education of students and helping them become independent, lifelong learners with transferable skills that will result in deeply engaging thinking and learning abilities. My passion is working with students, educators, and families to establish and advance a culture of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity. I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of Summit Hill Junior High School this year and in the years to come. Most importantly, I believe the relationships between administrators, students, families, and teachers are vital to the success of our students and school. I look forward to meeting all of you this year to create a strong partnership for the success of our students. Go Spartans!!! Monica S. Laux, Assistant Principal #attitudedeterminesdirection
Assistant Principal MLaux@SummitHill.org
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! My name is Ryan Nagle, and I am thrilled to be a part of this vibrant educational community and returning for year 2 at SHJH. I pursued my passion for education at Indiana University, where I obtained my bachelor's degree, and furthered my knowledge at Concordia University, earning my Masters in Educational Leadership. As I embark on my 15th year in the field of education, I bring with me a wealth of experience, having previously served as a special education teacher, social studies teacher, and athletic director for seven years within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. From there, I moved on to begin my career as an Assistant Principal in the middle school setting. Now, in my second year at this remarkable institution, SHJH, I couldn't be more excited. I have developed a deep affection for the building, and most importantly, the students and families who make this school truly special. Personally, I am a proud father of two wonderful sons, aged 3 and 1.5, and spend much of my free time with my wife and kids. At SHJH, we believe that families play an integral role in the education of their children. As an educator, I value the partnership between home and school, understanding that collaboration and open communication are essential for a student's success. We strive to create a warm and welcoming environment that fosters a sense of belonging for every family in our community. I am personally committed to ensuring that each child's unique strengths and needs are recognized and supported, tailoring their educational experience for maximum growth and fulfillment. Together, with our dedicated team of teachers and staff, we are devoted to nurturing a positive and inclusive atmosphere where students can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. I look forward to building strong connections that will last a lifetime. Ryan Nagle, Associate Principal #attitudedeterminesdirection
Associate Principal RNagle@SummitHill.org