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Carmel, Z-B name new principals

Updated: April 7, 2013 1:34AM



Two Lake County high schools — Carmel Catholic and Zion-Benton —have named new principals for the 2013-14 school year.

Carmel Catholic High School officials in Mundelein announced the selection of Mark Ostap of Antioch as the next principal, effective July 1. Ostap will replace Lynne Strutzel, who will retire after five years as principal on June 30.

Ostap currently serves as an assistant superintendent for Antioch Grade School District 34. Previous experience includes serving as a teacher and administrator at Stockton High School; Northridge Prep, Niles; and Golf School District 67, Morton Grove.

“Mr. Ostap brings a high level of preparation and experience to his new position at Carmel Catholic High School. Having served at both building and district levels, his vision for education will affirm Carmel’s rich tradition while responding to the changing needs of the students,” said Judith Mucheck, president of the Carmel Catholic.

Ostap received his bachelor of arts in history from Western Illinois University, Macomb; a master of arts in history and education from Western Illinois, and a master’s in educational administration from Lewis University, Romeoville.

At Zion-Benton Township High School District 126, the school board has selected Christopher Pawelczyk as the next principal of the high school, replacing retiring principal, Brian Curtin, who has been at District 126 as a teacher and administrator for 33 years.

Currently serving his fifth year as assistant principal of John F. Kennedy High School, Chicago, Pawelczyk is directly responsible for Kennedy’s curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff development efforts; oversees a variety of student intervention systems; and assists with various operational and disciplinary responsibilities. He also has served as a resident principal at Thomas Kelly High School.

Prior to becoming a Chicago Public School administrator, he taught chemistry and physics for two years at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox and world history and U.S. history for seven years at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing.

During his teaching career, he also coached high school basketball and baseball.

Pawelczyk earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois, his secondary teaching certification from Chicago State University and his master’s in educational administration from Governors State University in University Park.

He is currently enrolled in the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Urban Educational Leadership doctoral program, which he will soon complete.



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