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Mr. Phil Murray

Phone: 630-636-3300

Email: pmurray@sd308.org

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Mr. Phil Murray

Principal

I am proud to serve you as the principal of Long Beach Elementary School. I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Elmhurst College, in Elmhurst, Ill., in 1995. I began my teaching career as a seventh grade math teacher at West Chicago Middle School. After two years, I transitioned to Winfield Middle School as a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math teacher, where I remained for seven years. My last two years in Winfield, I served a dual role as a math teacher and assistant principal. I received my master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, in 2002.

I have been in School District 308 for the past 10 years, serving as assistant principal at Traughber Junior High School for five years and at Bednarcik Junior High for one year. In 2010, I was hired as the principal of Hunt Club Elementary School, where I served for three years before moving to Long Beach Elementary School to start the 2013-14 school year. As I start my 11th year with the district and 20th year in education, I believe that doing everything we can to provide all students the best opportunity to learn and excel is at the forefront of my passion. I look forward to serving the staff, students and families of Long Beach 

Ms. Denise Rodgers

Phone: 630-636-3300

Email: drodgers@sd308.org

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Ms. Denise Rodgers

Assistant Principal

"I believe that all children are capable of learning. The secret is in understanding their learning styles and what motivates him/her. Working in partnership with parents, teachers and the students themselves, we can insure that every student has the opportunity to reach their highest potential academically.
Denise M. Rodgers


I am ecstatic to serve as assistant principal of Long Beach Elementary School. I am the proud parent of two college students. I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois Benedictine University, in Lisle, IL 1999. Having a commitment to community service, I noticed many inequities in education as I volunteered in the various districts and compared it with the excellent education that my own children were being provided.

This led me to getting my master’s degree in arts and teaching from the National Louis University in Chicago in 2007. Upon graduation, I spent five years as a fourth and fifth grade teacher motivating and preparing students for junior high school and beyond. While at Carl Sandburg Elementary School, I went back to school and received an additional master’s degree in reading in 2009 and a Type 75 administrative certification in 2012. Next, I became the dean of students at Hufford Junior High for past three years. I am currently in my final phase of my personal education endeavor working toward obtaining a doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Ill., in anticipation of graduation in 2016. In my tenure of education, I have learned that all people hold the capacity to achieve their dreams and aspirations if they are persistent and build strategic relationships.

I am proud to have joined the diverse community of School District 308 to ensure that the students in our community excel and reach their highest potential.

This will be an excellent school year for all!

 

 

Mrs. Kim Payton

Phone: 630-636-3326

Email: kpayton@sd308.org

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Mrs. Kim Payton

Special Education Coordinator

It is my privilege to serve as the special education coordinator for Churchill Elementary School, Long Beach Elementary School, and a few of our 308 students attending private programs.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. in 1983. I began my career as a social worker in a private child welfare agency working with children and adolescents with social emotional and behavior disorders. I received my master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1986. I continued my work within children and adolescents while pursuing the post-graduate certificate for school social work through Loyola University in Chicago Ill in 1988. I began my career as a school social worker with Joliet Public School District 86 in 1988 where I remained for two years.  I then accepted a school social work position with Morris Elementary School District 54 initially working with students kindergarten through eighth grade and ultimately with students in grades sixth through eighth. I completed post-graduate coursework through Governors State University in University Park, Ill and Illinois State University in Normal, Ill towards certification in school administration. It was my honor to continue working within Morris Elementary District 54 first as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and then as Principal until 2011.

In 2011 I welcomed the opportunity to serve as a special education coordinator with Kendall County Special Education Cooperative where I worked with students and their families in both the Yorkville School District 115 and Community School District 308. I am grateful for the education that the children and families have given me over the course of my career. I have found they have been some of my very best teachers about me as a professional and life through the eyes and heart of a child.

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