Administration

Christine A. Sefcik, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Christine Sefcik is the Superintendent at Grant Community High School District 124. She previously served as Assistant Superintendent at Grant Community High School District 124 from 1996 to 2012. Dr. Sefcik holds a Bachelor of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, and a Doctor of Education from National Louis University. She is a member of the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Fox Lake. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, is the former chairperson of the Northeastern Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and currently served on the Executive Board of the Lakes Region Schools Benefit Cooperative. Prior to her tenure at Grant Community High School, Dr. Sefcik was employed by the Lake County High Schools Technology Campus and Community Consolidated School District 59.

Beth Reich

Business Manager
Beth Reich joined Grant Community High School as the Business Manager on July 1, 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Business Management from Northern Illinois University. Prior to beginning her position at Grant Community High School, Mrs. Reich worked for Lake Forest School Districts 67 and 115 for the last 12 years in various roles.

Jeremy Schmidt

Principal

Jeremy Schmidt is the Principal of Grant Community High School. Jeremy began his tenure at Grant as an English teacher, moved into an area administrator position, and in 2013 stepped up to assume the duties and responsibilities of the Principal. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Jeremy’s years in the classroom at Grant were spent teaching a broad spectrum of English courses from English 9 to AP Literature. As Area Administrator he oversaw Business, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Family and Consumer Science, Industrial Technology, and PE/Health/Driver Education, the Library, and all Student Co-Curricular Activities.

Ryan Geist

Assistant Principal

Ryan Geist is the Assistant Principal at Grant Community High School. He received a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University and a Masters Degree from Aurora University in Educational Leadership. He taught in the GCHS Social Science department for 13 years, was the assistant athletic director for the 2011-2012 school year, served as Dean of Students from 2012-2015, and was the Head Wrestling Coach for 16 years. As Assistant Principal Ryan is responsible for the Dean’s Office, the Guidance Department, the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and the oversight of Teacher Evaluations.

Greg Urbaniak

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Greg Urbaniak is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Grant Community High School. Mr. Urbaniak oversees the Prairie State Achievement Exam, PLAN, and EXPLORE testing, along with Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing and Advanced Placement testing. He attended Northern Illinois University for his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and English Education. He has a Masters degree from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction and a second Masters degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Urbaniak also teaches graduate courses designed for educators. Prior to beginning his position at Grant Community High School, Mr. Urbaniak served as a principal, assistant principal, curriculum director, and English teacher for other districts.

Rebecca Foster-Lopez

Director of Student Services

Rebecca Foster-Lopez has served as the Director of Student Services at Grant Community High School since 1994. Ms. Foster-Lopez earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Illinois State University. In addition, she holds a Type 75 Certification in Education Administration as well as a Director of Special Education Endorsement. Prior to her tenure at Grant Community High School, she served as an administrator for the Special Education District of Lake County.

Eric Taubery

Divisional Administrator

Eric Taubery is in his 12th year as a member of the Grant High School community. He was a Social Studies teacher for seven years before he became a Divisional Administrator. Mr. Taubery holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Northern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. As a Divisional Administrator, he is responsible for the Math and Science, in addition to being the Vocational Director. Mr. Taubery is currently working towards his Doctorate in Educational Leadership through Aurora University.

Tom Oeffling

Divisional Administrator

Tom Oeffling has been at Grant Community High School since the 1994-95 school year. He attended Marquette University, double majored in History and Education, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. His first thirteen years at Grant were rewardingly spent in the classroom where he taught Social Studies. At the end of the 2007 school year he took on his new role as Divisional Administrator. He is responsible for the ELL, English, and Social Studies Departments

Dr. Nathan Miller

Divisional Administrator

Nathan Miller, a Grant alumnus, is a Divisional Administrator and Student Activities Director at Grant Community High School.  Nathan began his tenure at GCHS as a science teacher.  He proudly taught biology, chemistry, physics, and honors biology during his eight years in the classroom.  In addition to his classroom commitments, Dr. Miller served as a girls basketball coach, boys track coach, and a football and soccer announcer.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences Education from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Aurora University, and a Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Aurora University.  As a Divisional Administrator, Nathan oversees the departments of Business, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Foreign Languages, Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education, as well as the district library

Dr. Sarah Nettis

Special Education Coordinator

Sarah Nettis is the Special Education Coordinator at Grant Community High School. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in Education and a Type 73 in School Psychology from Loyola University. She continued her education at Loyola University where she obtained her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and her Type 75 Certification in Education Administration. She has worked as a practicing school psychologist for the past 13 years at the Special Education District of Lake County.

Dick Knar

Athletic Director

Dick is the Athletic Director and Divisional Administrator for Physical Education. Prior to coming to Grant, Dick was the Dean of Students for 5 years and head basketball coach from 2004-2013 at Mundelein HS. Prior to moving into an administrative role, Dick taught Math and Physical Education for his first 4 years at Mundelein. He was the Athletic Director and head basketball coach at Northridge Prep HS from 1997-2004. In his 16 years as a head coach, Dick has won 6 Regional Championships, 2 Conference Championships, and 1 Sectional Championship. He has garnered 3 Conference Coach of the Year Awards as well as 4 District Coach of the Year Awards. Prior to coaching in high school, Dick was the assistant basketball coach at Northeastern Illinois University from 1988-1997. He was in charge of recruiting and the budget. Dick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received a scholarship to play basketball. He was inducted into UIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. He also holds a Master’s of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University.

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