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Mr. Ryan Green, Assistant Principal
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Ryan Green, as Principal at Glenwood High School at their April 29th meeting. Ryan will begin as principal on July 1, 2020.
Ryan is no stranger to Ball-Chatham! He grew up in Chatham and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1997. He went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree at MacMurray College and student taught at Ball Elementary in the 4th grade. He also student-coached for the 7th grade track and basketball teams! Ryan earned his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
He’s held several positions since being hired in 2008: middle school athletic director, middle school assistant principal, and high school assistant principal.
In 2014, he was recognized by the Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education as Region 51 Assistant Principal of the Year, and is also a Nationally Certified Athletic Administrator.
About his profession, he says, “From athletics to academics, my tenure here at Ball-Chatham has allowed me to work with students in many different ways. I have been able to spend time with students to mentor them through the challenging situations that every middle school and high school student experiences. Social media, in my mind, can provide challenges not only for our students, but professionally as well. However, working through remote learning has, of course, been challenging at times, but I could not be more proud of our teachers, students, parents, and community! The way that everyone has risen to this new way of teaching and learning has really impressed me and reminded me - once again - why my wife and I chose to live here.”
He and his wife, Aimee (who graduated Glenwood with Ryan, and serves as a paraprofessional in the District’s Pre-K program), have two boys, Camden and Brody. On his own time, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Sarah Dowis, Assistant Principal
Ms. Sarah Dowis was named Assistant Principal of Glenwood High School, effective July 1, 2019. She attended grades K-12 all at the Ball-Chatham School District, graduating from Glenwood High School in 2003! She then earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in English and Middle School in 2008. She earned a Master's of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2016.
Ms. Dowis says that she has had the privilege of working in the Ball-Chatham School District for all 11 years of her career. In those years, she has had the opportunity to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA, 7th grade Science, Drama 1 & 2, and Public Speaking. She was also the Speech and Drama Squad coach, Student Council sponsor, and 8th grade D.C. trip program leader.
She says she feels lucky to have chosen a career that she is passionate about, adding, “Although there are so many things I love about education as a profession, cultivating meaningful relationships and promoting growth mindset are by far my favorite.”
About the challenges she sees in education, she says, “Like any profession, education does have its share of challenges. In spite of those, I am committed to maintaining our District’s focus on the academic success and social/emotional well-being of all our students.”
On her own time, she loves spending time with family and friends, reading, and attending concerts! She and Craig have been together for nine years and have one daughter, Charlotte, and a Border Collie mix named Allie.
Mr. Justin Joiner, Assistant Principal
Mr. Joiner began serving as an Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School in August 2019. Prior to his appointment at Ball-Chatham, he was a Driver's Education / Elementary PE teacher at Mulberry Grove School District #1 from 2008-2019. He was named “Elementary PE Teacher of the Year” for the Southwestern District of IAHPERD and was able to secure a rock climbing wall, and an inflatable obstacle course through local grants while at Mulberry Grove.
Mr. Joiner received his Bachelor's degree from Greenville College in Education, and his LBS-1 Special Education Certification, in 2003. He received his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2011 from Eastern Illinois University.
About his profession, he says he enjoys that it allows him to make a positive impact. “On any given day, I can be the person that makes a difference in a student’s life.”
He and his wife, Tara, have two girls, Nori, and Ceri. He says he enjoys going to car shows in his 1978 Monte Carlo, concerts, playing board games with his friends and family, and camping.
Mr. Brad Kyes, Assistant Principal
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education approved the appointment of Mr. Brad Kyes, as Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School and Glenwood Middle School at their April 29th meeting. He will begin on July 1, 2020. Mr. Kyes received his Bachelor of Science in History Education from Illinois State University in 2001 and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In 2018, Mr. Kyes earned his second Master of Science degree in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on ELL from the University of St. Francis.
Mr. Kyes comes to the Ball-Chatham School District from Springfield High School where he served as a teacher from 2008-2018 and then served as an administrative intern for the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school years. He was also the guidance counselor for the seniors, class of 2020. During his time at Springfield High School he has served in many leadership roles such as the AVID Site Coordinator, SAT Site Coordinator, the NCAA Site Administrator, and the PBIS Coach and Co-Coordinator for the “Be A Senator” Program.
About his profession, he says he enjoys working with students to help them achieve success and prepare them for life after high school. “It is rewarding assisting a student as they reach their full potential, especially when their dreams about their future come true,” says Kyes. “I also see one of the major challenges in education today is funding from state and federal governments to allow our staff and students to receive all of the materials and technology possible to achieve their greatest potential for success. The other major challenge is school safety. It is my number one priority to provide a safe, supportive learning environment for all students,” he says.
Brad is married to Jessieca, and they have three children: Delaney, Zoey, and Payton. On his own time, he coaches his two daughters’ competitive soccer clubs. He also enjoys spending time with his extended family and friends.
Mrs. Traci Knisley, Special Education Administrator
The Ball-Chatham Board of Education approved the appointment of Mrs. Traci Knisley as a Special Education Administrator at Glenwood Elementary and Glenwood High Schools at their March 18th meeting. She will begin on July 1, 2020.
Ms. Knisley started teaching and case managing at Glenwood High School in October of 2019. Previous to this, she taught in the Riverton School District in several different positions - both general and special education, and was the assistant high school cheerleading coach. She has also taught in the parochial school system in Springfield.
Traci graduated high school from Ursuline Academy in Springfield in 2003. She then earned an Associate of Arts degree in 2005 from Lincoln Land Community College, where she received the Vice President’s Award. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education in 2007 from Benedictine University, where she also received the Educational Forum Award. In 2013, she earned my LBS-1 from Greenville College, and her Master’s in Educational Leadership through the American College of Education.
About her profession, she says, “The best thing about working in special education is seeing the progress students make academically, emotionally, and socially. Being there to facilitate learning and guide students to set and meet goals is an honor and a privilege.”
The most challenging part of special education are the mountains of paperwork! However, she says she enjoys studying data and looking for trends, so that makes one of the most challenging aspects of this profession enjoyable.
Traci is married to her high school sweetheart, Nathan. They have been together for 19 years and married for 13 years. They have three children, Liam who is turning 11 in November; Joseph who just turned seven; and Clara who just turned four.
On her own time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.
Mr. Dusty Burk, Director of Athletics
Mr. Dusty Burk is in his third year as the Director of Athletics for the Ball-Chatham School District. Mr. Burk earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Illinois State University: the first in 2003 (Marketing), and the second in 2006 (Business Teacher Education). In 2011 he earned his Master’s degree (Educational Administration).
Previously, Dusty served as an assistant principal at Pontiac Township High School. Prior to that, he was a National Board Certified teacher and Business Department Chair at University High School and also the head football coach/offensive coordinator, and assistant boys track coach.
About his position at Ball-Chatham, Dusty says he is proud of the hard work and success of the athletic programs both in competition and in the classrooms. He sees great opportunities to educate others about the benefits of developing well-rounded student-athletes, and helping coaches collaborate and create more opportunities for students to be involved in multiple activities.
He and his wife, Julie, have two children – Blythe, who is in sixth grade and Case, who is in third grade.