Executive Team

 
 
To reach any administrator, call the main office telephone 773-534-5400 or 0 for an operator.


Brian Tennison

Principal
BCTennison@cps.edu

 

Damir Ara

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5885
DMAra@cps.edu
 

Damir Ara

Mr. Ara has been a loyal instructor at Lane Tech College Prep for twelve years. Mr. Ara possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science: Human Computer Interaction, a Master of Education degree in Secondary Education, and a Master of Arts degree in School Administration. During his teaching career at Lane Tech, Mr. Ara was the school's webmaster and offered courses in Graphic Design, Animation, and Web Design. Mr. Ara is the technology coordinator for Lane Tech's STEAM program and has been an active member on the CIWP and Technology Committees. With background in Arts, Computer Science, and Educational Leadership, Mr. Ara's focus is on using technology as a creative tool to enhance teaching and to improve student achievement. Mr. Ara's goal as an administrator is creating a can do attitude with students through efficiency and integration of technology into daily instruction in order to create an environment where student innovation, creativity and productivity is encouraged. Mr. Ara is a creative educator and a leader who believes that diversity at Lane is an advantage which creates environments where students explore different approaches to solving problems, and are encouraged to think progressively, work collaboratively, and be innovators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Since 2012 Mr. Ara focused on transforming standard classrooms into modern laboratories where students look forward to project based learning, collaboration, and input from others is valued as students are challenged towards excellence.

Department
Art, Computer Science, Music, Physical Education, Technology, JROTC

Responsibilities
Athletics, Building Operations / Capital Improvements, Security

David Bell

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5651
DBell32@cps.edu
 

David Bell

Mr. Bell comes to us from Taft High School, where he has been serving as an assistant principal since 2014. His primary roles included leading MTSS, restorative practices implementation, safety and security, and working with teacher teams on improving curriculum and instruction. Prior to that, he taught a variety of subjects for ten years, at Whitney Young (AP World History) and Queen of Peace (AP World History, Drama). For the remainder of the school year, Mr. Bell will support the math department, MTSS, and various other duties.

Sarah Hanly

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5404
SCHanly@cps.edu
 

Sarah Hanly

Ms. Hanly has been a part of the Lane Tech faculty since 2000 and an assistant principal since 2012. She was an English teacher for 6 years and English Department Chair for 2 years before heading up the Records Office at Lane from 2007-2010. In addition to her teaching, Ms. Hanly served on the curriculum committee, PPLC committee, produced the plays and musicals, and was a sponsor of the National Honor Society. Prior to Lane, she taught English at Hubbard High School in Chicago. In 2003, Ms. Hanly was a LAUNCH fellow which allowed her to take a sabbatical from teaching to work as an intern principal at Hope High School and Ray Elementary. Ms. Hanly graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana with a B.A. in English Literature and received her Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.

Department
History, World Language

Responsibilities
Demerit System, Public Relations, Student Activities, Tutoring

Mollie Hart

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5661
MAHart@cps.edu
 

Mollie Hart

Ms. Hart has been a dedicated faculty member at Lane Tech College Prep for twelve years. Ms. Hart possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences, a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Master of Arts degree in School Administration. Ms. Hart was the Director of Admissions at Lane Tech for six years. While working as the Director of Admissions, Ms. Hart coordinated Open House, Freshman Connections, Best Practice Fair and testing for CPS Selective Enrollment high schools. Ms. Hart began her career at Lane Tech as a special education teacher. During her three years of teaching at Lane Tech, Ms. Hart worked with students in Inclusion Biology and Inclusion Physics and taught self-contained science courses and the Wilson Reading Method for students with reading difficulties. Ms. Hart has served on several committees such as PPLC, Freshman on Track, S.T.A.R.S. Mentor Program, and Curriculum Development for the Lane Tech Academic Center. Ms. Hart also taught at the Elementary level and provided hearing impaired students with speech and language services. While working at the elementary level, Ms. Hart coached track and volleyball and provided tutoring services after school.

Department
Counseling, Special Education, World Language

Responsibilities
College Fair, Human Resources Personnel Director, PTSO Liaison

Alison Hildebrandt

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5546
AVKrakowski@cps.edu
 

Alison Hildebrandt



Department
Science, World Language (French)

Responsibilities
Advanced Placement, Alpha-STEM, Data & Assessment, Discipline, Post-Secondary

Edwina Thompson

Assistant Principal
(773) 534-5674
ELGholston@cps.edu
 

Edwina Thompson

Mrs. Thompson has been a dedicated teacher and administrator at Lane Tech College Prep High School since 2006. Mrs. Thompson is a National Board Certified Teacher who possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Thompson began her career as an English teacher at Lane working with both seniors and freshman. During her tenure as a teacher, Mrs. Thompson developed the first African American Literature class for Lane Tech, coached the Debate Team, and sponsored both the Gospel Choir and Black Student Association. Professionally she served on the inaugural performance management committee, developed the first grade level parent nights, and started Lane Tech's first elementary mentoring endeavor with Hefferan Elementary school. As an administrator, Mrs. Thompson is servant leader who believes a strong partnership between faculty, families and community are the key to every student's success. As a Lane Tech Alumna, wherever she goes and whatever she does, she remembers the honor of Lane!

Department
English

Responsibilities
Alumni relations, Attendance, Building Usage, CIWP, Explore/PLAN/ACT, Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)