Blackhawk Middle School Administration

Dr. Perry Finch

  • Dr. Perry Finch - PortraitBlackhawk Middle School Principal

    PH: 630-766-2601 ext. 2776
    FX: 630-766-7612



    As we continue to pull out of the Covid pandemic, it is still apparent that emotional regulation is an ongoing need for our students. The time spent at home, on screens, behind masks has had an impact that is lasting to our students and their learning. More than ever, educators need to create opportunities for students to have meaningful conversations about educational content and personal experiences. As we teach literacy, math, science and social science concepts, we need to embed the need for kindness, understanding, and empathy in the learning process. We need to remind students to take a breath if they become angry and use coping skills to help them deal with disagreements and challenges. Varying opinions is not something to avoid in the classroom; it is actually something to foster because working with people with different perspectives is a life skill needed more today than ever. I hope to lead a school that promotes varied points of view and a respectful manner in which opinions are shared and considered by all.


    • Educational Leadership, Ed D
      National Louis University

    • School Administration, MA
      Dominican University

    • Special Education, MA
      Northeastern Illinois University

      Communication Education-English, BA
      Miami University


    • Blackhawk Middle School
      Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean

    • Clemente High School
      Dean, Special Education Teacher  

Concetta Gaspar

  • Portrait of Concetta CaringellaBlackhawk Middle School Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

    PH: 630-766-2601 ext. 2774
    FX: 630-766-7612


    I am excited to begin my new journey as Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at Blackhawk Middle School. I value building strong relationships with students, staff, and families in order to support learning and growth. I believe in creating dynamic educational experiences through engaging curriculum that fosters critical thinking and a love for learning. Through collaboration with staff, families, and the community, I strive to cultivate an inclusive and supportive learning environment. I aim to ensure staff have relevant professional development opportunities that focus on research-based instructional strategies to help meet the diverse needs of all learners in our building. 


    • Educational Leadership, M.Ed
      National Louis University

    • Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, M.Ed
      National Louis University

    • Curriculum and Instruction, MA
      Olivet Nazarene University

    • Elementary Education, BA
      Elmhurst University 


    • Blackhawk Middle School
      Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    • Crystal Lake Elementary School District
      ELA/SS Coach

    • West Northfield School District
      Science Coordinator

    • McCracken Middle School
      Instructional Coach

    • Blackhawk Middle School
      Consulting Teacher; 7Seventh-Grade ELA Teacher

    • Tioga Elementary School
      Fifth-Grade Teacher


Jamie Hogue

  • Portrait of Jamie HogueBlackhawk Middle School Assistant Principal of Social-Emotional Learning

    PH: 630-766-2601 ext. 2775
    FX: 630-766-7612


    After over a decade of being an educator, I have developed a passion for social/emotional learning and development, student academic achievement and post secondary readiness. This passion was developed after working and supporting students and families that have experienced a significant level of trauma in their lives. I recognize that trauma infiltrates and leaves an indelible impression upon everyone. This significantly affects students who have yet to develop tools, skills and or have the mental aptitude to process how these experiences are affecting their here and now and their futures. My goal as a school leader is to inform/educate all stakeholders at Blackhawk Middle School as to how they play a role in developing and leading our students in the midst of a crisis response and how to be proactive in care when traumatic events unfold.  Overall, it is my passion to impress upon all invested stakeholders how we can best support individual students living with and experiencing trauma and how we can be instrumental leaders in creating and maintaining a safe, supportive and conducive trauma informed/sensitive school. 


    • Educational Administration & Leadership, M.A
      McKendree University, 2012

    • Educational Psychology (School Counseling), M.S
      Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007

    • English Preprofessional, B.A
      Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2002


    • Blackhawk Middle School
      Assistant Principal of Social Emotional Learning

    • Thomas J. Kellar Middle School
      Assistant Principal/School Counselor

    • Parrish Elementary School
      Assistant Principal 

    • Carbondale Community High School
      School Counseling Department Chairperson/School Counselor