Superintendent

Dr. Daniel E. Cates

Phone: 847-755-6610

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Dr. Daniel E. Cates

Dan Cates was named the seventh superintendent of schools in High School District 211 in October 2013, effective July 1, 2014. Prior to being named superintendent, he was the District’s associate superintendent for administrative services, a position he held since 2011. Dan joined District 211 in 1992 as a psychologist at William Fremd High School. In 1998, he moved to the administration center as assistant to the director of special education, and was promoted to director of special education in 2001. Dr. Cates graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. He received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1994. In 2008, he was honored by the Illinois State Board of Education with a “Those Who Excel” Award for his position as director of special education in District 211.


Superintendent's Cabinet

Associate Superintendent for Instruction

Dr. Lisa A. Small

Phone: 847-755-6616

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Dr. Lisa A. Small

Associate Superintendent for Instruction Lisa Small directs District programs that provide student instruction and curriculum services, as well as long-range planning for education programs. Dr. Small also oversees District student activities and athletics, as well as student college and career readiness. She is responsible for staff professional development planning, district and school improvement planning, and the English as a Second Language program. Dr. Small was previously Principal at William Fremd High School. She received her doctorate of education in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University-Chicago in 2005. She earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership Administration and Supervision from National-Louis University in 2000, her master’s of education in Curriculum and Instruction – Secondary Education from Northern Illinois University in 1997, and her bachelor’s of Science-Biology Education from The Ohio State University in 1991.

Associate Superintendent for Student Services

Mr. Mark J. Kovack

Phone: 847-755-6614

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Mr. Mark J. Kovack

Associate Superintendent for Student Services Mark Kovack supports the efforts of the building administrators for student services and facilitates enrollment and evaluation of students through the work of the guidance department. Mr. Kovack also oversees special education, health services, student assistance program, homebound instructional program, and the District’s “Response to Intervention” program. He is responsible for data analysis and program development, as well as Title I.  Mr. Kovack is responsible for overseeing the District’s technology efforts. Mr. Kovack returned to District 211 in 2014 following a five year stay at Community High School District 155 in Crystal Lake, Ill., where he most recently served as assistant superintendent of educational services.  Mr. Kovack’s career in education began in 1994 at Schaumburg High School as a special education teacher.  From 2000-2001 he served as the school’s dean of students.  In 2003, he transitioned to William Fremd High School to assume the role of technology coordinator.  In 2004, he was appointed to be Fremd High School’s student services director, a role he held for five years.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University, a master’s degree in special education from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Roosevelt University.

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Lauren C. Hummel

Phone: 847-755-6612

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Ms. Lauren C. Hummel

Chief Operating Officer Lauren Hummel coordinates the District’s purchasing, transportation, food service, custodial/maintenance, and accounting departments, as well as oversees financial planning and insurance programs. She also monitors state legislation and serves as the District’s FOIA officer. Mrs. Hummel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Illinois State University in 2003, and her master’s degree in dietetics from Illinois State University in 2005.  Mrs. Hummel also received her chief school business official endorsement from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Prior to her arrival to District 211, Mrs. Hummel began her career as a clinical dietitian in Peoria, Ill.  She began her career in District 211 as the Assistant Food Service Director in 2006.  In 2008, she was promoted to director of food services.  Mrs. Hummel was promoted to chief operating officer in 2014.

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Director of Human Resources

Mr. James A. Britton

Phone: 847-755-6618

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Mr. James A. Britton

Director of Human Resources James Britton conducts research pertaining to personnel including salary research, studies of staff characteristics, professional standards, and other pertinent topics, and interprets personnel policies and regulations and recommends formulation and revision of such policies and regulations. He also administers the establishment and maintenance of appropriate personnel records for all employees as well as interviews all final certified candidates for employment. Additionally, Mr. Britton maintains close contact with schools in planning and anticipating personnel needs of the school program.

Mr. Britton earned his bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994.  He has earned two master’s degrees, one in clinical social work from the University of Chicago in 1999, and another in educational leadership and general administration from Chicago State University in 2004.  Mr. Britton is currently working to complete his doctorate through Illinois State University.

Before being named director of human resources in 2016, Mr. Britton served as principal at Hoffman Estates High School from 2010-2016.  Prior to that, he had been a 12-month assistant principal at Hoffman Estates High School, served as director of special education, and was program administrator at District 211 Academy-North.  Prior to coming to District 211, he served as a dean and a social worker at Community High School District 218’s Summit Learning Center from 2003-2005.  Mr. Britton’s work experiences also include serving as a mental health professional at CHASI Rice Children’s Home and as a research and grant consultant for the Chicago Public Schools.  Mr. Britton also previously taught English at Villa Grove High School in Villa Grove, Ill.

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Gary R. Gorson

Phone: 847-755-6705

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Mr. Gary R. Gorson

Chief Technology Officer Gary Gorson directs the District’s technology staff to support and improve student achievement by integrating technology throughout the District.  He creates and facilitates a vision of integrating technology to support educational needs enabling improved student achievement, provides and ensures accessible data throughout the organization, and directs and enhances the effectiveness of the District’s skilled technology staff and daily operations.  Mr. Gorson also leads development of the technology strategy for the District along with the continuous delivery of reliable technology services and the integration of educational technology within the instructional program.  He supports school-level technology leaders working to infuse technology into the learning process.

Mr. Gorson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in computer science, both from DePaul University.  He has conducted additional studies in the Ph.D. program at Illinois Institute of Technology in Artificial Intelligence and at the MIT Sloan Business School Executive Program on Managing Technical Professionals. Prior to working in District 211, he gained technology leadership experience in both the private and public sectors as chief information officer in the hospitality industry and chief technology officer for Lake County Illinois.  Since 1999, he has been a member of the Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125 Board of Education, as well as chair of the Finance and Executive Technology Committees.

Director of Administrative Services

Mr. Matthew J. Hildebrand

Phone: 847-755-6626

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Mr. Matthew J. Hildebrand

Director of Administrative Services Matt Hildebrand monitors adherence to legal guidelines in matters of school discipline, attendance, expulsions, and residency requests, as well as serving as the District’s homeless liaison.  He is responsible for coordinating school safety planning and emergency preparedness.  He also coordinates students placed in alternative school settings.  Before coming to the administration center in 2014, his career began as an art teacher at Schaumburg High School in 2001.  He was promoted to 10-month assistant principal at Schaumburg High School in 2006, and was named the 12-month lead disciplinarian assistant principal in 2008.  From there, Matt became the 12-month assistant principal for buildings and grounds, staff development, and school improvement in July 2010.  Matt holds a master’s degree in Education from Olivet Nazarenet University (Bourbonnais, Ill.), a type 75 educational leadership certification from Illinois State University, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art, with a minor in art history from Clarke University (Dubuque, Iowa).

Assistant to the Superintendent/Assistant for Human Resources

Ms. Kathe E. Lingl

Phone: 847-755-6620

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Ms. Kathe E. Lingl

Assistant to the Superintendent/Assistant for Human Resources Kathe Lingl performs periodic and systematic review of district policies and procedures and makes recommendations for changes to the Superintendent. She also coordinates the selection, evaluation, and dismissal of clerical, secretarial, and custodial/maintenance employees and participates in salary administration for these employees. Additionally, Mrs. Lingl coordinates regularly scheduled meetings with support service groups in each school.

Mrs. Lingl received her bachelor’s degree in personnel administration from Western Illinois University in 1983 and her her master’s degree in human resources from DePaul University in 1994. She began her District 211 career in the payroll department in 1983, was promoted to personnel assistant in 1985, and was promoted again to assistant to the superintendent in 1998. She is a 1979 graduate of Schaumburg High School.

Director of Community Relations

Mr. Thomas D. Petersen

Phone: 847-755-6631

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Mr. Thomas D. Petersen

Director of Community Relations Tom Petersen serves as a liaison between the community and the school district.  He is responsible for handling media requests and serves as the district spokesperson. He coordinates production of District and school publications, maintains the District website, oversees operation of the District mailroom, and coordinates the District 211 Foundation administrative efforts. Mr. Petersen also coordinates the District 211 Combined Charities Campaign.  Mr. Petersen graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising in 1983. He also completed 25 hours toward a master’s degree in communications from Iowa State University. He was an athletic department media relations specialist for eight years at three NCAA Division I institutions, including the University of Colorado (1987-1992), Kansas State University (1986-1987), and Iowa State University (1985-1986). He began his District 211 career in the publications office in 1993, and was named community relations coordinator in 1995. Mr. Petersen is active in the Palatine Chamber of Commerce, serving as a board of directors liaison. He is a 1979 graduate of Palatine High School.