Administrators' Welcome

WJHS From the Administration

Administrators' Welcome Message

Kelly Jackson


Welcome to an exciting new year at Wilmette Junior High! We at WJHS take so much pride in the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that abound for our seventh and eighth grade students. Through innovative programming and the partnership we have among our families, students, and staff, we are confident that your years at WJHS will be some of your best in District 39!

The academic experience at WJHS is one of high expectations and 21st century learning. Our students demonstrate the Characteristics of Successful Learners throughout their day by persevering, listening actively, thinking flexibly, and taking responsible risks. Achievement is important in core subject areas such as reading, math, writing, social studies, and science, as well as in subject areas such as world language, related arts, and physical education. Our teachers work to challenge each and every child, while making sure to have a little fun too!

This school year, we are excited for the wide array of experiences in which you will have an opportunity to participate. All of our WJHS students continue to participate in the 1:1 Learning Program, and will have the opportunity to attend classes, collaborate with classmates, and expand their creativity in our awesome new Learning Commons Space! At WJHS we support our students as 21st century learners through the integration of technology throughout their academic day, and through providing opportunities for students to dream, innovate, and create through collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity.

Our wonderful WJHS PTO and District 39 Educational Foundation have partnered with us through the creation of the Learning Commons, and also help support our students throughout the school by providing enrichment opportunities through IGNITE, and allowing our students to get more involved in school by joining a club such as chess, Student Council, cereal club, gaming club, Latin club or Math Counts, or by participating in the Science Olympiad program. We also have athletic opportunities available to students including cross country, track and field, wrestling, dance team, soccer, basketball, and more! Events such as the fall play, Battle of the Bands (sponsored by Youth Connection), and the annual 8th grade trip to Great America are sure to be highlights of each student’s WJHS experience.

I am so privileged to be a part of the Wilmette Junior High community. We are going to have an awesome year!

Doug Wernet
7th Grade Assistant Principal

I am excited to serve as the 7th Grade Level Administrator at WJHS for the 2017-2018 school year. I view the chance to work with the students, parents and staff of the Wilmette Public Schools community as a dream opportunity.

I have spent my entire career, both as a teacher and an administrator, in middle level education. My experience includes teaching multiple grade levels in the area of English Language Arts. Before coming to WJHS, I served as interim assistant principal in my previous district. I have a master’s degree in reading education from Olivet Nazarene University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University Chicago.

I believe in an open door policy as it pertains to communication and support. Please know I look forward to working collaboratively with you to ensure the success of your child. As your main administrative contact for all matters pertaining to seventh grade, I encourage you to reach out whenever you have questions or concerns. I am confident that your child will find his or her place here at WJHS.

It will be a great year at WJHS! Go Wolves!

Eric Resis  Eric Resis
8th Grade Assistant Principal
I am thrilled to be back at Wilmette Junior High for my third year as the Eighth Grade Level Administrator. I look forward to continued success with our exceptional staff and parent community. Together we will ensure that our treasured students experience a strong final year with Wilmette Public Schools.

I grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University. After I had worked in the investment business for three years, I decided to change careers and earned a master’s degree in education from DePaul University. During my 12 years as a sixth grade classroom teacher at Highcrest Middle School, I taught reading, social studies, math, and science. Before joining WJHS, I completed a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

My wife and I have enjoyed living in Wilmette for the last six years. Our two sons race out the door each day to get to school. We feel fortunate to be a part of such an outstanding community.

Eighth grade will be an exciting year, and we have prepared a variety of events to help transition the kids to high school. As our students prepare to graduate from District 39, I will support the successful programs we have in place and continue to develop lasting relationships with the students, staff, and parents at WJHS. Go Wolves!

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