Rhodes School District 84.5

Rhodes School Administration

Choose from the administration positions listed below to access a detailed profile of each staff member. (Their phone extensions are provided as well) 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 (113)

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, Andy, 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 (134)

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 4 years at Rhodes School were spent as the Assistant Principal/Director of Special Education, where he worked in collaboration with the Special Education Department, the Problem Solving team, and was in charge of discipline, among other roles. He has been the Principal at Rhodes since 2015 and is entering his 5th year in that role.

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 special education teacher in CPS), their five year old son Patrick, their two year old son Timothy, and their dog Scout.

He loves to run and read, and he enjoys watching the Chicago Cubs, Illinois basketball and Notre Dame football with his family as much as he can. He loves being the Principal and working with the wonderful students and staff at Rhodes School, where he believes a Growth Mindset can help all students and staff have a successful academic and social experience each and every 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. Brian McConnell, Principal
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mr McConnell

Assistant Principal/Special Education Director

Mrs. Nicole Newsome (115)


Mrs. Newsome has been teaching at Rhodes School for the last 11 years, beginning her career in 5th grade and spending the last eight years teaching 4th grade. She is very excited for the opportunity to be the new Assistant Principal and Director of Special Education within a school community where she has a vested interest in the success of the students and staff. She is looking forward to working more closely with the Administrative Team as well as the Special Education Department and Problem Solving Team, continuing to foster a supportive and motivating learning environment where curricula are intellectually challenging, pushing students to achieve greater success.

Mrs. Newsome graduated from Eastern Illinois University where she majored in Elementary Education earning a Bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate. She has continued her passion for learning by earning two Master's Degrees, both from Concordia University in Curriculum and Instruction and School Leadership with a Type 75 Certification for administration.

She enjoys spending time with her husband Jon and two children, Addison (4) and Logan (1). They enjoy spending time outside together and going for walks with their two dogs, Cooper and Sam.

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. Nicole Newsome, Assistant Principal/Special Education Director
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mrs. Newsome

Assistant Principal/Bilingual Education Director

Mrs. Sandra Gonzalez-Adamski (116)

Mrs. Sandra Gonzalez-Adamski joined Rhodes in June 2016 as the new Assistance Principal and Director of Bilingual Education. In addition to working with the administrative staff she will also oversee the bilingual and English Language Learner Department. She oversees the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council, administration of the yearly ACCESS assessment, and continues to provide teachers and students with latest pedagogical initiatives in biliteracy.

Before joining Rhodes, Mrs. Gonzalez-Adamski served as the K-12 ESL Curriculum Coordinator at West Aurora School District where she provided the ESL staff with professional development. Mrs. Gonzalez-Adamski also spent fourteen years teaching bilingual 4th grade at Turner School in West Chicago.

Mrs. Gonzalez-Adamski graduated from Illinois State University where she majored in Speech Communications and received a minor in Spanish. After working in sales and marketing, she focused on her desire to become a teacher and received a master's in education with an additional certification in Bilingual and ESL. In 2013 she received the Illinois principal certification. Mrs. Gonzalez-Adamski is a native Spanish speaker.

She has three sons, Blake a graduate of Elmhurst College, Bryce a graduate of Illinois State University and Brock who is attending the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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. Sandra Gonzalez-Adamski, Assistant Principal/Bilingual Education Director
8931 West Fullerton Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
Phone (708) 453-6813
Fax (708) 453-0817

Email Mrs. Gonzalez-Adamski