Tioga School Administration

Jeff Kersten

  • Portrait of Jeff Kersten Tioga School Principal
    @mrkerstentioga

    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4776
    FX: 630-766-4114
    Email: jkersten@bsd2.org

     

     

    Passion

    Student learning is maximized when students feel safe, engaged with their teachers/peers, and see how their learning applies to the real world. The teaching staff at Tioga is incredibly talented and dedicated to supporting students and the Bensenville community. The teachers work tirelessly to implement a relevant and rigorous curriculum that supports the social, emotional, and academic development of their students. As a school leader, I am committed to supporting the students as they develop their social-emotional competencies and ignite their passion to learn. It is through our collective efforts that we can promote equity in opportunity, provide service beyond self, and create powerful memories for students around learning.

    Education

    • Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, MA
      Eastern Kentucky University

    • History, BA
      Michigan State University

    Experience

    • Tioga School
      Principal

    • Blackhawk Middle School
      Assistant Principal

    • Fremont Middle School
      Assistant Principal

    • Western Hills High School
      Social Studies Teacher

Amber Soike

  • Amber SoikeTioga School Assistant Principal
    @AmberSoikeEDU

    PH: 630-766-2602 ext. 4775
    FX: 630-766-4114
    Email: asoike@bsd2.org





    Passion

    As an educator and leader, I value building strong relationships with students, staff, and families to serve as the foundation for a team approach to education. In the classroom, I value a student-centered approach to learning in order to maximize each child's full potential. I firmly believe that ALL children can learn when provided with the appropriate supports and tools. To build a strong culture of learning, I strive to create a school environment that is welcoming, safe, responsive, engaging, and equitable for all. Embracing multiculturalism and celebrative the diversity of our Tioga community is very important to me as I learn about and celebrate the unique backgrounds of our students. I believe Tioga can provide the best educational opportunities for each child when the school, families, and community work together with a common purpose. I look forward to collaborating with the entire Tioga community to provide a high quality and rigorous education for each student that supports their growth and development socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically as they become lifelong learners.

    Education

    • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
      Northeastern Illinois University

    • Master of Arts in Urban Education
      National-Louis University

    • Bachelor of arts in Elementary Education
      Augustana College

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
      Augustana College

    Experience

    • Tioga School
      Assistant-Principal
    • East Maine School District 63
      General Education Teacher, 2nd and 6th Grades

    • Chicago Public Schools
      General Education Teacher, 2nd and 3rd Grades

    • Riverdale C.U.S.D. 100
      General Education Teacher, 5th Grade