About Dr. Mike Pressler
Principal of Maine East High School
Dr. Pressler is dedicated to a strengths-focused approach to teaching and learning that honors each student’s individual assets and proclivities as the basis for creating relevant and engaging learning experiences. Helping students identify interests and passions and then weaving those into learning experiences at school is central to his personal educational mission.
Dr. Pressler has been a District 207 administrator for 25 years: he has been Principal at Maine East since 2010, following five years as Assistant Principal for Instruction. He earlier served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at Maine South, during which time the department received state and national recognition for exemplary arts education programs. Before coming to Maine 207, he taught at Lyons Township High School, Wichita East High School (KS), and in downstate Carlinville, Illinois. Pressler holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University, a Master of Science in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Additionally he has completed advanced degree course work in public school administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Latest Message/Announcement from Dr. PresslerDistrict 207’s Best for April – Technology Leader/Innovator Several of Mansoor’s past and current teachers were consistent in their descriptions of him as upbeat, positive, diligent, and capable – a terrific student, tech genius, and human being who possesses a work ethic that is truly admirable. Social Science teacher Jen Conlon encapsulated it in this statement: “Mansoor is understated. He’s the guy who can fix the LCD projector or the glitches in the classroom computer, and with a smile, as easily as he can make a meaningful contribution in an AP Comparative Government and Politics class.” Everyone commented that Mansoor is their personal “IT guy” prompting me to wonder how we’ll get along next year when he’s no longer here! The breadth of Mansoor’s technology, academic, and community service accomplishments is impressive. We are proud of his accomplishments and the outstanding manner in which he represents himself, his family, and...