Congratulations to the 2024 Cook County Co-Regional Teacher of the Year, Mr. Dillin Randolph!



Join the Niles West Wolfpack in celebrating English teacher, Dillin Randolph, for his recognition as the 2024 Cook County Co-Regional Teacher of the Year!

Dillin is also a member of a cohort of thirteen finalists who are eligible for the state’s top honor – 2024 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Later this spring, Illinois State Superintendent, Dr. Tony Sanders, will select the 2024 Illinois Teacher of the Year out of the 13 finalists. We, of course, are rooting for Dillin. Please join us in cheering him on.

We are incredibly proud of Mr. Randolph. Way to go!! Find ISBE’s press release here.

Congratulations to Our North Administrators on their ISBE Awards!



The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that over 500 Illinoisans were honored for their extraordinary contributions to education across the state through its annual “Those Who Excel” & “Teacher of the Year” Awards.

Congratulations to our esteemed Niles North Athletic Director, Mr. Brett Bildstein, and our fabulous Niles North Student Activities Director, Ms. Caroline Benjamin for winning the ISBE “Those Who Excel Award” in the category of Award of Meritorious Service. This award recognizes educators 
who have connected with their school community and made a positive impact. We will honor these two leaders at the March building meeting. Congrats Brett and Caroline!
We are incredibly proud of these distinguished D219 colleagues. Find ISBE’s press release here.

Takumi Iseda has been named Director of Communications!

Takumi Iseda has worked in the field of school district communications since 2011 and served as the Director of Communications at Evanston Township High School District 202 from 2018-2023. She has extensive experience overseeing the day-to-day communications operations of a school district and has collaborated with multiple leaders and departments to positively impact student outcomes. Takumi has worked in areas of digital communication, school publications and marketing, news media relations, crisis communications, maintaining brand guidelines, and public relations strategies. Previously, Takumi worked in the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles, including public relations and project management, community outreach and advocacy, and marketing and event coordination.

Takumi earned a B.S. in Communication from Northwestern University. As part of her equity work in education, she is a trained facilitator for SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity). She received the Those Who Excel Award of Excellence from the Illinois State Board of Education in 2018. Takumi enjoys traveling, especially with her husband and two daughters, and trying new foods.

Richard Ardisana has been named Director of Information Services

With a robust background in Information Services, Richard has spent the last 16 years dedicated to enhancing the IT landscape at Niles Township High School, focusing on student information systems (SIS), IT processes, infrastructure, software development, and administrative support functions. Previous to that, he spent 6 years in the United States Marine Corps working in Systems Administration. Richard has a Masters of Information Services Management and a Bachelors of Science in Networking Management.

His journey has been marked by leading dynamic teams of professionals, steering innovative programs, IT security, and database enhancements. He prides himself on advocating for the end-user experience, ensuring projects empathetically align with the needs of school staff, students, and parents alike.

Beyond his professional endeavors, he is a family man, happily married to his wonderful spouse Brandy for 12 years, with whom he shares three amazing children: Ricky (17), Rocco (11), and Selena (5). Outside the office, you can find him enjoying fishing, camping, boating, or dedicating his time to volunteer work. These activities not only bring joy and balance to his life but also keep him grounded and connected to the community.

Sebastian Manu has been named Director of Infrastructure and Cyber Security

A proud Niles West alumni, Sebastian has served in District 219 for more than 20 years and considers it to be his second family. Over the years, he has worn various IT hats, including as Lead Computer Technician, Telecommunications Specialist, and most recently as the District’s Systems and Network Coordinator. In these roles, Sebastian has forged relationships across departments while spearheading infrastructure refresh projects.

Sebastian has been a Certified Network Associate by Cisco, and holds multiple GIAC Cyber Security certifications, as well as a Project Management certification from Harper College.

In his personal time, Sebastian is dedicated to his family. He is happily married to his wife for 15 years and is the proud father of two wonderful kids. Sebastian’s hobbies include traveling the world with his family, and building Lego cities with them when staying home.

Student Career Resource Fair @ Niles North on Thursday, 2/8!

Niles North is excited to host our 2024 D219 Focus on Your Future: Career Resource Fair, so mark this date on your calendar, and if you have an after-school job then ask your supervisor to please adjust your schedule so that you can attend. Additionally, students can have a professional headshot taken, so if interested, dress accordingly for this photoshoot. This is open to ALL STUDENTS, not just Niles North Students.


Welcome our new Assistant Superintendent for Business/CSBO

James (Jim) Vreeland has been approved by the Board of Education to serve as the next Assistant Superintendent of Business (CSBO), succeeding Tim Neubauer who will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Jim currently serves as the Business Manager for District 89, a public elementary school district that make up students from the Maywood, Melrose Park, and Broadview communities.

During his tenure at District 89, Jim focused on initiatives to enhance the learning environment for students and supported the implementation of a district-wide facility master plan. Previously, he served as the Director of Mathematics and Science and Assistant Principal in Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54. Jim brings 21 years of experience in the educational field, with 17 years as an administrator.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from National Louis University, and a Master’s degree in School Business Management from Northern Illinois University.

As a proud parent of two goalies, Jim spends his evenings and weekends at hockey rinks and occasionally laces up his own skates for a hockey game. Additionally, he enjoys “glamping” with his family, partaking in campfire cookouts, and embracing the outdoors.

D219 Named A Top District in the Nation and State

Kicking off the year with exciting news! We’re proud to announce that we’ve been recognized as one of the top districts in the United States and the state of Illinois by Niche and 24/7 Wall St. View the infographics below for more details!

Niles West Named a 2023 Illinois Democracy School!

Niles West was named one of the Democracy Schools in Illinois for 2023.

Niles West’s application was the collective effort of the following staff: Joe Edwards, Tom Jodelka, D.J. Kosiba, Evelyn Lauer, Linda Mulligan, Megan Spletzer and (former Niles West staff members Sarah Struebing and Reine Hanna). The following students also helped us complete our application: Juanita Estrada Giraldo, Peyton Hidaka, Joshua Reginold, Asma Patel, and Ryan Rahmani.

See full press release here.


Let’s make sure we’re doing all that we can as a district to keep our students and staff present in school and in the classrooms!