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Administrative Office · 50 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 101 · Vernon Hills, IL 60061 · p: (847) 247-4500

Administrative Staff

Dr. Prentiss Lea
(847) 247-4510

Prentiss Lea has served as the District 128 Superintendent since July 2008. Prior to that, he served as the associate superintendent in the district for three years. Prentiss brings a broad base of high school administrative and educational experiences and his passion for the success of all students to his role as the D128 Chief Executive Officer. He served as a principal for 12 years at Glenbard North, Rich East and Crete-Monee High Schools. In addition, Prentiss served as an assistant principal, dean, director of student activities, department chair, business education teacher, head wrestling and assistant football coach and student council advisor. As a principal, he worked collaboratively with faculty, parents, communities and students to develop data driven school improvement plans, which led to increased student achievement. In addition, Prentiss has worked as a consultant and lecturer in leadership, school improvement planning and school climate. As superintendent, his responsibilities include all facets of strategic planning; school improvement, curriculum, instruction and assessment; finance; communications and personnel. Prentiss holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. His dissertation study, High School Principal Leadership and Student Achievement: The Effects of Transformational Leadership on the Illinois Prairie State Achievement Examination, was a large scale investigation into the relationship between the leadership behaviors of suburban Chicago high school principals and student achievement. In addition, Prentiss holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Governors State University, University Park, IL., and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Manchester College, North Manchester, IN.

Dr. Al Fleming
Associate Superintendent
(847) 247-4520

Dr. Al Fleming joined District 128 as Associate Superintendent in July of 2009. He brings 28 years of educational experience to the position, having served as a principal, assistant principal, department chair, and science teacher. Prior to becoming a high school science teacher, Al spent 12 years as a professor and coordinator of the science education masters degree program at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Following that, he worked at Champaign Community Unit District 4, Deerfield High School, and Grayslake North High School.
Al holds a BA in physical science from Olivet Nazarene University, an MA in geology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a Ph.D. in geology from Northern Illinois University, and an MA in educational leadership from Eastern Illinois University.

Yasmine Dada, CPA
Assistant Superintendent for Business
(847) 247-4530

Yasmine has been the District 128 business manager since July, 1997. She has more than 15 years of experience as a school district business manager. In addition to being a certified public accountant, Yasmine holds a BA from the University of Illinois, an MA from Eastern Illinois University, and received her CSBO through Northern Illinois University.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
(847) 247-4514

Dr. Rita Fischer joined District 128 as Assistant Superintendent in July of 2013.  Her 21 years of prior experience in Grayslake Community High School District 127 included roles as a director of curriculum and instruction, associate principal, social studies department chair, and teacher.  Rita has presented at national, regional and local workshops in the area of curriculum and instruction.  She has served as a reader for the AP US History exam and is a member of several area and international professional organizations focused on teaching and learning.

Rita earned a BA in Social Sciences and Secondary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Barat College, an MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.

Mary E. Todoric
Director of Communications
(847) 247-4513

Mary oversees all facets of communications in District 128. Her responsibilities include media relations, community relations, special events, staff recognition, District web page and social media content, communication planning and advising, and production of District publications including the District's award-winning parent news magazine, Paw Prints, and the District 128 Annual Report. Mary joined District 128 in 1999 after six years of serving as director of community relations for Fenton Community High School District 100. Prior to that, she held positions in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit public relations departments. She is a member of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), and serves on the board of the Illinois chapter of NSPRA (INSPRA.) Mary holds a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, an M.A. from DePaul University, and received her school administrative certification through DePaul University.

Mick Torres
Educational Technology Director
(847) 247-4506

As Educational Technology Director, Mick oversees the planning, acquisition, deployment and support of all educational technology at both schools and works closely with instructional leaders and administrators on the integration of technology into the curriculum and day-to-day administrative operations. He also provides leadership into the development of policy, practices and procedures for technology use. Mick has 29 years of experience in education, the last 23 as an administrator. He began his teaching career in 1985 at Lake Zurich High School teaching Honors Physics as well as coaching wrestling and football. He became an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at LZ and served in that capacity from 1991 - 1994. Prior to working for District 128, Mick was Assistant Principal and Tech Director at Antioch Community High School from 1994 - 2003.
Education: BS - Northern Illinois University 1983; MA - Roosevelt University 1991

Mark Koopman
Director of Buildings & Grounds

Mark became the District 128 Director of Building and Grounds in July 2014 after serving as the Director of Building and Grounds at Vernon Hills High School since August of 2013. He brings over 20 years of facilities operations experience to the District, having spent 14 years at Lake Forest Academy and 5 years at Highland Park High School. Prior to that, Mark gained 15 years of new home construction, remodeling and repair experience working in his family's construction business.
Mark holds a BBA in Management Science from the University of Iowa.

District Office Support Staff

  • Terry Brown Personnel Specialist (847) 247-4509
  • Sandy Cloud Communications and Personnel Secretary (847) 247-4527
  • Marianne Footlik Bookkeeper (847) 247-4522
  • Rose DiCicco Business Office Secretary (847) 247-4519
  • Pat Mirs Payroll (847) 247-4523
  • Denise Zwit Superintendent's Secretary (847) 247-4510
  • Jess Porres Business Office Consultant (847) 247-4515
  • Carol Szkodyn Curriculum and Instruction Secretary (847) 247-4501
  • Fran Wohlrab Associate Superintendent's Secretary and Insurance (847) 247-4525
  • Rhonda Wojciechowski Accounts Payable (847) 247-4521
  • Chris Hahn Accounts Payable (847) 247-4524