About our Principal

Mrs. Molly Schaefer-Principal

Mrs. Molly Schaefer has been in education for 29 years.  She has worked in Waukegan her entire career, teaching English and working as a school administrator.  She has served as the Principal of John R Lewis Middle School for the past 6 years.  Mrs. Schaefer obtained her BA in English and Secondary Education at Illinois State University, and her M.A. in Education Leadership from Lewis University.  Molly believes all students can learn and that education is the key to opening opportunity. 

Mrs. Schaefer resides in Waukegan with her husband, daughters, and cats.  She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and learning new things.  

Mrs. Amanda Nault- Co-Principal

Mrs. Amanda Nault has been in education for 14 years.  She has served as teacher, counselor, and counseling director in Chicago Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools in Florida.  Amanda has also worked as the Social and Academic Supports Facilitator with the Network for College Success at the University of Chicago.  Last year she was the Social and Emotional Learning Specialist working with elementary schools in Waukegan.  Mrs. Nault obtained her B.S. in Secondary Education at Illinois State University, and her M.A. in both Education Leadership and School Counseling from Concordia University.  Amanda believes in focusing her efforts on the social and emotional learning of the school community in order to truly impact student achievement. 

Mrs. Nault resides in Lake Villa with her husband, son, and dog. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, and traveling to warm sunny places. 

Ms. Melissa DeWitt- Assistant Principal
Ms. Melissa DeWitt has worked in education since 2009. This will be her sixth year in Waukegan School District 60. During this time she has served as a special education teacher, WIN trainer, and a member of the culture and climate committee at Lyon Magnet Elementary School. Ms. DeWitt obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She also has two masters degrees. A  Special Education Master’s from National Louis University and Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Ms. DeWitt has worked as a Future and Aspiring Leader (FAAL) summer school administrator at John Lewis Middle School the past two years. She is excited to begin as an Assistant Principal. When not at work Miss DeWitt loves to cook, bake, listen to music, and spend time with her family and friends.

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