Ben Martindale

    Chief Education Officer

    After a successful career as Superintendent in Gurnee; Dr. Martindale has become a school reformation specialist, having transformed Round Lake 116 returning it to the local board for the first time in state history. A consultant for Hazard, Young, Attea and Serving on the United Way of Lake County Board. Technical Assistant to the Rapides Foundation in Alexandria Louisiana, he lives in Wadsworth, IL.
      Joel Pollack

      Joel Pollack

      Deputy Superintendent of Instruction

      Joel Pollack is a passionate and experienced educator, dedicated to the success of all students in North Chicago. He is focused on the goal of preparing all students to be ready for college-level work, without remediation, when they graduate from our district. Before joining the North Chicago Leadership Team, Joel served as a Principal and Director with the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. He began his education career in wilderness and community-based education settings, prior to teaching in the Chicago Public Schools and training as a principal with New Leaders, a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.

        Afina Lockhart

        Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services