Our People

More than 75 dedicated educators and administrators make up Morgan Park Academy's full-time faculty and staff, a diverse team of professionals who love what they do. Working in close collaboration with each other, they are profoundly committed to discovering the key to each student's talents and abilities, and to helping each other grow in character, intellect, and confidence.


Mercedes Z. Sheppard
Head of School
Vincent Hermosilla
Assistant Head of School, Community Relations
Julie Cuadros-Perry
Director of Finance
Tom Drahozal
Upper School Principal; Upper School Social Studies
Heather Kurut
Middle School Principal; Middle & Upper School Chorus
Annie Melville
Lower School Principal
Emily Drown
Upper School Science; Upper School Assistant Principal
Daniel Peters
Middle School Social Studies; Middle School Assistant Principal; Director of Student Life
Liz Raser
Second Grade; Lower School Assistant Principal; Elementary Curriculum Leader
Jennifer Schmidt
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Peggy Bergin
Drama & Theatre; Director of the Arts; Arts Curriculum Leader; Assistant Director of Student Life
Lynda Pariso
Upper School Athletics Director; Lower & Upper School P.E.
Ivet Alvarado
Accounting Clerk
Yvonne Armstrong
Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Allie Bowles
Associate Director of Admissions
Betty Callihan
Director of External Programs
Veronica Carrillo
Assistant to the Head of School; Registrar
Nerissa Conley
School Nurse
Shahrzad Etessami
Business Office Assistant
Jim Reedy
Director of Communications
Nikita Stange
Associate Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations
Sandy Williams
Administrative Assistant
Vinson C. Williams
Lower & Middle School Athletics Director
Louis Saggione
Director of Buildings & Grounds
Ty Hamilton
Buildings & Grounds
Russell Harvey
Buildings & Grounds
Mike Kalinowski
Buildings & Grounds
Chicago Private School - Kalinowski Jr.
Mike Kalinowski Jr.
Buildings & Grounds
Beata Skawiniak
Buildings & Grounds
Wieslawa Wodziak
Buildings & Grounds