Cyd Lash Academy
Exceptional Services for Exceptional Students
Administration

Principal

Mr. Michael O'Brien

Phone: (847) 986-1002

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Mr. Michael O'Brien

Michael O’Brien is in his fifth year as principal of Cyd Lash Academy. Previous to joining SEDOL, Mr. O’Brien served as the leader of District 214’s Vanguard School in Arlington Heights and District 155’s Academy program in Crystal Lake. Mr. O’Brien has served in numerous capacities over his 30 years of work in the educational field including: Clinical Social Worker, District 504 coordinator, Special Education Teacher, Consultant, High School Head Coach, and classroom assistant. Outside of the school setting, he has provided clinical treatment and supervision in both public mental health centers and private practices. Mr. O’Brien was nominated for District 214’s “Outstanding Educator Award” while serving in District 214.
 
He has been married for 26 years and has an adult aged son and daughter and another daughter in high school.  In his spare time he enjoys long distance cycling, attending White Sox games, and researching his family’s history.

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristina Bacci

Phone: (847) 986-1006

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Mrs. Kristina Bacci

This is Kristina's third year at Cyd Lash, though she has been in the field of education for the last 24 years. She received her BS Degree in Special Education from Northern Illinois University and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from National Louis University and holds the Director of Special Education endorsement.  She began her career as a special education teacher and taught for 11 years before moving into an administrative role.  She was a special education coordinator at local districts for 12 years before joining the team at Cyd Lash at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. 

She is a huge Chicago White Sox fan and enjoys spending time with her family and reading. Kris loves working with staff and students at Cyd Lash and is ready for another great year.

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Dede Gill

Phone: (847) 986-1003

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Mrs. Dede Gill

This is Mrs. Gill’s second year as Assistant Principal at Cyd Lash Academy.  She is proud to be part of such a tremendous school which is supported by the greatest students and staff around!  She has a master’s degree in Communication Studies and a master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Ball State University.  She also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.  


Mrs. Gill and her husband are the proud parents of 4 children, who are all actively involved in school and sports.  When she is not on the sidelines cheering them on, she enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, working out and reading.  Her favorite hobby is doing CrossFit and she happily brings her love for the Chicago Cubs to Cyd Lash.   

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Melissa Perez

Phone: 847-986-1008

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Mrs. Melissa Perez

This is Melissa’s 9th year at Cyd Lash, and has been with SEDOL for the last 14 years. She received her Associate Degree in Administrative Office from The College of Lake County. 

She enjoys spending time with her family and listening to Country music.

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