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

Mrs. Debra Suhajda

Mrs. Suhajda's became the Rhodes principal in 2006. She has had a wide range of responsibilities including curriculum development, discipline and Director of Special Education. She enjoys working with all age groups and has taught kindergarten through eighth grade. Mrs. Suhajda received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northeastern Illinois University.

She has also taught at Concordia University as an adjunct teacher and under the Eisenhower Grant instructing teachers in science methods for middle school. She and her husband, Michael, are parents of three children, Michael, Sarah and Timothy, and grandparents of five.

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. Debra Suhajda, Principal
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-1266
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mrs. Suhajda

Assistant Principal

Mr. Brian McConnell

Mr. McConnell's became the Rhodes assistant principal in 2011. He works in collaboration with the Special Education Department, the Problem Solving team, RtI and is in charge of discipline. Prior to coming to Rhodes, he worked in Alton and Waterloo, IL (both in the St. Louis area) as a School Social Worker in schools ranging from Kindergarten to High School.

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. He is a former high school soccer coach and junior high basketball coach. Mr. McConnell enjoys playing basketball and running in his spare time, as well as following the Chicago Cubs and various other sports teams. He is very excited to be living in Chicago 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, Assistant Principal
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-1266
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mr. McConnell

Administrative Director

Mr. James Robinette

Mr. Robinette became an Administrative Director in 2013. His previous experiences were as the Bilingual Director, English as a Second Language teacher, and 7th/8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Rhodes School. He received his Bachelor's of Art degree in Education and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. He also received another Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University.

His teaching endorsements include Social Studies, Language Arts, General Science, English as a Second Language, and Middle School Teaching. Mr. Robinette and his wife Lianne are proud parents of three children, Ava, Andrew, and Daniel. His favorite past times are running, gardening, reading, and cooking.

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. James Robinette, Administrative Director
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-1266
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mr. Robinette