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District 207’s Best for December – Elective Area of Achievement On behalf of the faculty and staff of Maine East High School, I am pleased to name Nicole L. as “District 207’s Best” in recognition of Elective Area of Achievement, specifically in World Languages. Nicole is truly one of “District 207’s Best” and we are a better school for her investment of time, talent, and energy over these past four years. While all of her accomplishments are laudable, it is specifically for her achievement in French Language and Culture that we are recognizing Nicole for. Her French teacher for the past four years, Bernie Lewis, shared the following insights:  Nicole Lobont has done phenomenal work in French, and she is definitely worthy of this recognition. Besides doing superior work in all the French classes she has taken here at East, she was my TA for two years and she has...

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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.