Rhodes School District 84.5

Rhodes School Administration

Choose from the administration positions listed below to access a detailed profile of each staff member. In addition, please refer to our Coordinators page for departmental information.


Plus, in accordance with certain requirements of 105 ILCS5/10-20.47 and 105 ILCS5/34-18.37 our administrators salary and benefits can be found here and teacher's salary and benefits can be found here.

Information on The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be found here.


Superintendent

Mr. Jim Prather

Mr. Prather became the Rhodes superintendent in 2011. His past professional experiences were as a superintendent/principal, elementary principal, middle school principal, middle school dean, and middle school teacher. He received his Educational Specialist, Masters, and Bachelors degrees from Northern Illinois University. He has certification for positions as a superintendent, chief school business official, general administration (i.e. principal), and secondary teaching (6th-12th grade) in science and social studies. Mr. Prather and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three children, Paige, Abbey, and Grant. His favorite hobby is freshwater and saltwater fishing during any and all seasons of the year.

If you would like to discuss any of our current curriculum or special programs at Rhodes, please feel free to contact him for a visit at:

Rhodes School District 84.5
c/o Mr. Jim Prather, Superintendent
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-1266
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mr. Prather

Principal

Mr. Brian McConnell

Mr. McConnell arrived at Rhodes School in 2011 after working for 9 years in Alton, IL and Waterloo, IL (both in the St. Louis area) as a School Social Worker in schools ranging from Kindergarten to High School. His first job at Rhodes School was as the Assistant Principal. In that role he worked in collaboration with the Special Education Department, the Problem Solving team, and was in charge of discipline, among other roles.

Mr. McConnell attended the University of Illinois for undergraduate and graduate school, earning a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work. He received his Masters of Arts in Education and Type 75 Certificate from McKendree University. Mr. McConnell enjoys spending time with his wife Julie (who is a teacher), their one year old son Patrick and their dog Scout.

He also tries to run and read as much as he can, and he always makes time to watch his beloved Chicago Cubs, Illinois basketball and Notre Dame football teams. He is very excited to be the new Principal and to be working with the wonderful students and staff at Rhodes School.

If you would like to discuss any of our current curriculum or special programs at Rhodes, please feel free to contact him for a visit at:

Rhodes School District 84.5
c/o Mr. Brian McConnell, Principal
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mr McConnell

Assistant Principal

Ms. Cindy Salas

Ms. Salas became the Assistant Principal in 2015. Some of her responsibilities include collaborating with the bilingual/ELL staff, and elementary student discipline. Before coming to Rhodes she worked in Elmwood Park as a pre-k through kindergarten teacher.

Ms. Salas received her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and her principal endorsement from North Park University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University. She enjoys Crossfit and cooking. Ms. Salas grew up in the area and is currently living in Chicago. She is very happy to be a part of the Rhodes family.

If you would like to discuss any of our current curriculum or special programs at Rhodes, please feel free to contact her for a visit at:

Rhodes School District 84.5
c/o Ms. Cindy Salas, Assistant Principal
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Ms. Salas

Administrative Director

Mrs. Coleen Winterfield

Mrs. Winterfield is the new Administrative Director. She works in collaboration with the Special Education Department and provides professional development opportunities to support the continued implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Prior to joining Rhodes School, Mrs. Winterfield worked in Alsip, IL for fifteen years. She taught special education resource, kindergarten, third, and fourth grades.

Mrs. Winterfield attended Loyola University in Chicago and earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She earned a Masters Degree in Special Education from Governors State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Mrs. Winterfield has endorsements in the areas of English as a Second Language and Director of Special Education.

Mrs. Winterfield and her husband Bob have two children, Bridey Cate and Robert. They enjoy being active in their community and love the outdoors. Mrs. Winterfield is enthusiastic about becoming a part of the Rhodes family and is excited to share in the academic and social growth of the students!

If you would like to discuss any of our current curriculum or special programs at Rhodes, please feel free to contact her for a visit at:

Rhodes School District 84.5
c/o Mrs. Coleen Winterfield, Administrative Director
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Ms. Winterfield