Maine West Leadership Team

Maine West Department Contacts

Ken Wallace


Dr. Ken Wallace, Superintendent
Dr. Ken Wallace is in his 12th year with Maine Township High School District 207, first as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and for the past 8 years as Superintendent. While Dr. Wallace was Assistant Superintendent he led improvements in the District’s technology program that included becoming Google’s first k-12 partner and pioneering 1:1 learning.

In 2015, Maine 207 received an International Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education, and was named one of America’s 14 Most Innovative School Systems in April of 2016 by Tech Insider. Dr. Wallace has made teacher leadership and job-embedded professional development a focus. District 207 is perhaps the only U.S. district that includes annual instructional coaching plans for all teachers who work with peer teacher coaches. One of the District’s four coaching paths includes authentic teacher action research, and the District has developed a research consortium with Northwestern, Illinois ASCD, several other universities and local Districts.

An educator for 31 years, Dr. Wallace was a high school English and journalism teacher for five years and taught computer science for six years. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Southern Indiana and Ed.S and Ph.D degrees from Indiana State University. Dr. Wallace was named the 2017 Illinois Association of Career and Technical Education Champion of the year for the District’s innovative work to improve college and career counseling and experiences for every District student.

Audrey Haugan


Dr. Audrey Haugan, Principal - Maine West High School
Dr. Haugan has served as Maine West Principal since 2005. Previously at West, she taught, chaired the English Department and served as Assistant Principal for Instruction. She also served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for three years in DuPage District 88. Dr. Haugan started her teaching career at Mother Guerin High School. Here in District 207, she has provided leadership and development for major initiatives including Freshman Academy, an American Studies team-taught course, a district-wide curriculum framework, data-driven Professional Learning Teams and extensive Response to Intervention support for students. Her goal is to instill in all students a strong connection to school and a love for learning. 

Dr. Haugan holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University, a Master's Degree in Language Arts from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education from Illinois State University. She is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership program at Concordia University. 

Dave Matkovic



Mr. Dave Matkovic - Associate Principal
Mr. Matkovic has served as an educator in District 207 since 1986.He began his career as a Mathematics teacher at Maine East and Maine West. The opportunity to create a relevant, engaging and enjoyable mathematics learning experience for his students was the inspiration behind his choice to teach high school math. Mr. Matkovic then served as Dean of Students at Maine West before moving to his current role of Associate Principal at Maine West.

Mr. Matkovic holds a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from Iowa State University, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.  Mr. Matkovic is particularly proud to be a Maine West High School alumnus.

John Aldworth


Mr. John Aldworth - Assistant Principals for Students
Mr. Aldworth has served in his role as Assistant Principal for Students since 2016.  Early in his career, he taught English and coached both girls and boys' volleyball at Maine West High School (1997-2006).  He left Maine West to pursue an administrative position as the Division Head for English and Fine Arts at Wheeling High School. Prior to returning to Maine West, he served as the Director of Student Activities at Downers Grove South High School for six years. John is a member of the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA) where he currently serves as the president. He holds a Master's of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, a Master's of Arts in Literary Writing from DePaul University, and he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's of Science in Secondary Education.


Dr. Eileen McMahon - Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning
Dr. Eileen McMahon comes to Maine West from Highland Park High School, where she served as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to becoming Assistant Principal, she was English Department Chair at Highland Park. She started her teaching career as an English teacher at Riverside Brookfield, New Trier and then as an English Department Chair in Ohio. She holds her Master's degree from the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. As the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, she was instrumental in leading instructional changes, has run successful professional development and was Director of the Equity Leadership Team.

Claudia Rueda-Alvarez



Dr. Claudia Rueda-Alvarez - Assistant Principal for Student Services
Dr. Rueda-Alvarez has been in the field of Education for 28 years, 21 of which she served as a high school counselor in District 207. In July of 2013 she became the Assistant Principal for Student Services at Maine West High School. Before becoming an assistant principal and counselor, Dr. Rueda-Alvarez worked as an ESL/Bilingual teacher for three years. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Psychology. Besides her counseling work, Dr. Rueda-Alvarez has taught graduate-level courses at DePaul, Loyola, and Northeastern Illinois universities. At Northeastern she served as an Associate Professor in The Counseling Department for two years.

She is co-founder and Chair of Latino Summit, a non-for- profit organization whose mission is to inspire Latino students to continue with their post-high school education by offering an event that brings together Latino College students and professionals to address the importance of education, and by providing scholarships to deserving seniors. She has also presented extensively on issues affecting the Latino Community at the state and national level in professional conferences. She is married with two children: Josh, and Alexandra. She loves to travel, dance, read and spend time with her family.


Bridget Dunne
James Dvorak
Richard Wolf

Department Chairs

Rebecca Stewart, Career & Technical Education
Dr. Tim Pappageorge, English
Patrick Barnett, Fine Arts
Alan Matan, Foreign Language/ESL
Mike Smith, Mathematics
Michael Godlewski, Physical Education/Health Lead Teacher
Jay Payne, Science
Susan Gahagan Mueller, Social Science
Kathleen DiSanza, Special Education


Jarett Kirshner, Athletic Director
Erik McNeill, Assistant Athletic Director



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