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New GHS Administrative Appointments for 2020-21

Mr. Ryan Green

Ryan Green, Principal at Glenwood High School - 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.

Mr. Brad Kyes, Assistant Principal at Glenwood High School & Glenwood Middle School - 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. 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.

Mrs. Traci Knisley, Special Education Administrator at Glenwood Elementary and Glenwood High Schools - 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 7; and Clara who just turned 4.

On her own time, she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family.