• Administration

Principal

Mr. Michael O'Brien

Phone: (847) 986-1002

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Mr. Michael O'Brien

Michael O’Brien is in his seventh 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 28 years and has three adult children.  In his spare time he enjoys long distance cycling, attending White Sox games, and researching his family’s history.
Mrs. Maggie Markham

Phone: (847) 986-1006

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Mrs. Maggie Markham

This is my third year at Cyd Lash Academy and I am proud to be a Coyote! Although this is a different start to the year than we all are used to due to the global pandemic, I am confident that our fabulous students and staff will adjust and be able to meet the unique challenges that remote learning and Covid-19 have brought us. Previous to taking on this role, I taught for 10 years, with the most recent 8 being in special education. I hold a degree in general education from Western Illinois University, special education from National Lewis University, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.


In my free time, I enjoy being a mom and spending time with my family. I get outside as often as I can to go for walks with our dog, play intramural sports, do anything on the water, or biking. I also enjoy baking, painting, and listening to music. 

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Melissa Perez

Phone: (847) 986-1008

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Mrs. Melissa Perez

This is Melissa’s 12th year at Cyd Lash, and has been with SEDOL for the last 18 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.