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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. Pressler

District 207’s Best for May – Achievement in Extracurricular Activities – Marcin Nieradka From all accounts, Marcin Nieradka is a class act as an athlete, a musical performer, a scholar, and most importantly as a human being. His positive attitude, maturity, and eagerness to help others make him role model on how to find success in many different “areas” of our school. We are proud of his accomplishments and have no doubt that Maine East is a better place for all of his contributions. On behalf of the faculty and staff at East, we wish him all the best in his future endeavors – truly, he is one of 207’s Best! District 207’s Outstanding Parent Award – Eric Flood On behalf of the faculty and staff of Maine East, it gives me great pleasure to recognize Eric Flood for his support not only of his daughter, Abby, but also countless...

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