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District 207’s Best for January – Academic Achievement On behalf of the faculty and staff of Maine East High School, I am pleased to name Anami P as one of “District 207’s Best” for her outstanding academic achievement. Consistently a strong student during her three-and-a-half years at East, Anami has one of the highest GPAs in the class. She has consistently taken a challenging course load during her time at Maine East. Currently, she is enrolled in AP English Literature and Composition, AP Macro/Micro Economics, AP Biology, AP Spanish Language, AP Psychology, and she is a Senior PE Leader. Prior course enrollments include AP Computer Science A, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus BC, and AP European History in addition to multiple accelerated courses. Anami is also an active member of the Gifted Lyceum Program and earned distinction as a National...

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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.