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 Community Service District 207’s Best is a student-recognition program instituted by the District 207 Board of Education. Each month one senior at Maine East, Maine South, and Maine West is recognized in a given area by the Board of Education at its regular meeting. At the November board meeting we recognized senior Nicole L. in the area of Community Service. The opportunities that Nicole has decided to focus on at Maine East have been centered on community service. The aspect of her work that sets her apart from others is the breadth and depth of her community service accomplishments. As a result of her dedication and plethora of contributions, she has risen to leadership positions in multiple, highly respected Maine East student organizations. Since her freshman year, Nicole has been involved and has made major contributions to almost every major community service initiative at Maine East. Those...