Meet the Academic Team

Dr. Jason Nault, Associate Superintendent of Equity, Innovation and Accountability

Jason Nault

Dr. Jason Nault has 16 years of experience in public education in a variety of different roles. Of those 16 years, the last 11 years have been spent in administration. Dr. Nault has served students and families as a high school principal for the last seven years in both Chicago Public Schools and more recently Broward County Public Schools in Florida.

Dr. Nault has a strong commitment to urban students and understands the challenges that large districts face and the impact of strong leadership for long term success. Dr. Nault has a proven record of establishing strong working relationships with all stakeholders and looks forward to collaborating with the entire Waukegan school community.

In 2015, Dr. Nault received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago in Urban School Leadership. Dr. Nault earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2005 as well, and his Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1999.

Dr. Nault has been married to his wife, Amanda, for 8 years and they have an amazing four-year-old son. Both Amanda and Jason were born and raised in the mid-west and look forward to returning back to their roots.


Dr. Josue Cuevas, Chief Information and Technology Officer

Dr. Josue Cuevas

With more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology, Project Management, Lean Six Sigma, and Senior Management in the higher education industry, Dr. Josue L. Cuevas brings unique insight and expertise to his position as Chief Information and Technology Officer.

Dr. Cuevas was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on June 7, 1976. He graduated from Leonides Morales High School in Lajas, Puerto Rico in June 1994. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico at San German campus in December 1998. He obtained a Master Degree in Computer Science in March 2002 and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology and Distance Education in August 2008 from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Cuevas is a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and a data quality specialist.

During his professional career, Dr. Cuevas has worked as IT Director for Nova Southeastern University, Associate Vice-President at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and as a Business Consultant for Informatica Corporation and the CSC Consulting Group. Dr. Cuevas has experience on building project management offices (PMO), IT disaster recovery plans, SharePoint, E-Learning platforms, service level agreements (SLAs), software and hardware implementations. Furthermore, since 2003 to the present Dr. Cuevas has been an adjunct faculty member at Nova Southeastern University, Broward Community College, and National University.

In his free time, Dr. Cuevas enjoys spending time with his wife Mariana and daughter Emma. He loves to read about IT, Finance, process improvement, and has a passion for international food.


Mrs. Shanie Keelean, Area Superintendent for School Leadership & Development

Ms. Keelean attained her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology from Grand Valley State University in 1995. She moved to Chicago and worked as a gymnastics supervisor with Chicago Park District until 1999. She attained her Master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago in 2002, and a second Master's degree from National Louis University in administration and supervision in 2007. Shanie taught with Chicago Public Schools for 11 years, and was a Math Specialist with the Chicago Math Science Initiative. She moved to Buffalo, New York in 2009 and worked as an assistant principal and principal in "turnaround schools" for six years with Buffalo Public Schools. After just 18 months of her principal appointment, she moved the school from "priority" to "focus" on the state accountability list.

Shanie maintains focus on data, root causes, student engagement and is passionate about urban education, school reform, and social justice. She believes all students can and will achieve at high levels, and works daily to ensure students have the support necessary to be their best. She understands the adolescent learner and their needs. She engages families, staff and students in gaining the supports necessary to meet students' academic, social, emotional, physical and psychological needs.

Ms. Keelean has three children, Ian (6), Lily (4) and Trevor (3) that attend Cooke Magnet Elementary that inspire her daily.

Ms. Keelean supports the following Area I schools: Carman-Buckner Elementary School, Clearview Elementary School, Cooke Magnet Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, Hyde Park Elementary School, Lyon Elementary School, Oakdale Elementary School, McCall Elementary School, Whittier Elementary School, Robert Abbott Middle School, Miguel Juarez Middle School, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.


Mrs. Amanda Patti, Area Superintendent for School Leadership & Development

Amanda Patti

Mrs. Amanda J. Patti is a lifelong resident of Waukegan and a WHS Graduate. She has fifteen (16) years of experience in the field of education, ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Mrs. Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts Degree in Reading with an emphasis on foundational literacy from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Curriculum from American College of Education.Throughout her years at WPS60, she has served as a first grade classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a Response to Intervention coach, an Assistant Principal, the Early Childhood Coordinator, and the Director of Federal Programs. Currently, Mrs. Patti serves as the Associate Superintendent for School Leadership and Development (Area II) in Waukegan Public Schools. Mrs. Patti has led work on close reading, balanced literacy, school and district improvement planning, as well as coaching principals on the implementation of best practice aligned to Common Core Standards. As a certified trainer on formative assessment, she has also supported the work of grade level and content teams on the use of data to improve instructional delivery.

Mrs. Patti supports the following Area II schools: Robbie M. Lightfoot Early Learning Center, Clark Elementary School, Glen Flora Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Little Fort Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, North Elementary School, Webster Middle School, Benny Middle School, AOEC, and Waukegan High School.


Dr. Kevin Brown, Director of Teaching & Learning (PreK-8)


Dr. Staci Stratigakes, Director of Teaching & Learning (9-12)


Ms. Elisabeth Ambroiggio, Director of Bilingual and Multicultural


Dr. Gregory Bublitz, Director of Diverse Learners

After I received my Bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism at Loyola University Chicago in 1992 and a Master’s in Writing at DePaul University in Chicago in 1996, I knew that I wanted to help others with barriers to their education.  I enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University for a Master’s in Special Education and graduated in 2003.  During this time, I worked as a paraprofessional and as a teacher in therapeutic days schools and adult education throughout Chicago. 

Upon Graduation from NEIU, I began my Public School career in East Maine SD 63 at Gemini Junior High in Niles, Illinois as a resource Teacher.  Over the next 15 years at East Maine, I served as a Resource Teacher, Special Education Facilitator, and Director of Special Services.  During my tenure in SD 63, I finished my Dissertation and Doctorate at Loyola in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Last year, I served as the Director of Student Services in Lyons SD 103.  I am incredibly excited to start my 8th years as a special education administrator here as your Director of Diverse Learners for School Year 2020.


Mr. Eric Christianson, Director of Academic Support Programs

Mr. Christianson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Winona State University in 1991. He served as a band director in Iowa and Minnesota before coming to Abbott Middle School as a band and music teacher in 1996. After earning a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, Mr. Christianson became the assistant principal at Abbott Middle School in 2004 and went to the district office in 2007.

In 2008, Mr. Christianson led the creation of the Welcome Center to be a "one stop shop" for families who are new to Waukegan to register for school, incorporating services from various departments to assist in student placement for bilingual needs, diverse learner needs, medical compliance review, and homeless assistance. His department also provides much of the state reporting for student data and calculates enrollment and schedule section projections for the schools.


Mr. Ryan Hawkins, Multi- Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) District Coordinator

Prior to coming to WPS60, Mr. Hawkins served as a Special Education Teacher (students with autism) in the Fox Lake Grade School District. During this time, he was Board Recognized for his implementation of the school's Coffee and Custard Cart. There, the students were able to gain job skills while serving staff members. Mr. Hawkins partnered with the Fox Lake Culver's to provide free custard. Mr. Hawkins also served in a variety of capacities within Round Lake Area Schools. He was an English Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher, coach, Big Brother Big Sister Liaison and on the Building Leadership Team. Later, Mr. Hawkins became an administrator there and implemented PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at the middle school level. During his four years as an administrator, the suspension rate went from over 600 suspensions a year to 68 a year. At the same time, ISAT scores increased approximately 8 - 12 points, depending on the sub-category.

Mr. Hawkins earned his Master's degree in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago and his Bachelor's degree from the Illinois State University. He is endorsed in Sociology, Civics, US History, World History, Economics, English Language Arts and holds a LBS1 (special education).

Mr. Hawkins has been married to his wife, Alma for seven years and has two kids; Breckon and Brystan. In his spare time, Mr. Hawkins loves watching his kids in their activities. He helps coach his son's baseball team and also volunteers at his church, teaching in the "special friends" room and working in the food pantry.

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