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Mr. Douglas Szcinski, Principal



Mr. Szcinski began his tenure at Glenwood High School in July 2018.  He is a Sacred Heart-Griffin grad, and earned his B.A. in Education from Arizona State University.  He went on to earn his Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, where his action research study focused on the integration and use of technology in the classroom.  Mr. Szcinski’s prior experience as a high school principal was at West Orange County High School in Winter Garden, Florida. He served a student population of 4000. He most recently served as Assistant Principal at Lanphier High School.


Mr. Szcinski says what he enjoys most about his profession is working with students, teachers, and parents to build relationships to help ensure students grow and succeed. “I also enjoy leading trainings as I feel I am a teacher first and you can never take the teacher out of me,” he says.


On his own time, he enjoys spending time with wife, Melissa, and their five children: Thaddeus, Gabriel, Abbigayle. Sebastian, and Logan.  He and his family also like camping, “We have a small pop-up, so we travel around the country camping, and enjoying the sites.” He also very much likes to cook! “I cook virtually every day and enjoy trying new things as often as possible.  This includes using the smoker and grill. I have even started writing a cookbook!” he says.



Mr. Ryan Green, Assistant Principal


Mr. Ryan Green begins as an Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School, and at Glenwood Middle School in the fall of 2019. He will also serve as the middle school's athletic director. Mr. Green previously served the Ball-Chatham School District an Assistant Principal at GHS; and prior to that he served as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at GMS.


Mr. Green is a 1997 graduate of Glenwood High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree at MacMurray College and his Master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.  


In 2014, he was named the Region Assistant Principal of the Year, and is also a Nationally Certified Athletic Administrator.


About his profession, he says, “From athletics to academics, my position allows me to work with students in many different ways.  I am 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.”


He and his wife, Aimee, have two boys, Camden and Brody. On his own time, he enjoys playing basketball and coaching for his boys’ teams.

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 eight 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 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. 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 fifth grade and Case, who is in second grade. 

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