Matthew Stortz has been named assistant principal of Troy Middle School, and Jessica Knobbe is William B. Orenic Intermediate School’s new assistant principal.
Both are replacement positions.
Stortz has taught at Troy Middle School for 10 years, first in seventh grade social studies, and most recently in eighth grade social studies.
He was named Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s 2019 Coach of the Year for coaching seventh grade girls basketball; helping the eighth grade girls basketball team take first in state as an assistant coach in 2019; and helping the eighth grade girls basketball team take second in state as assistant coach in 2020.
Stortz is also assistant coach for Troy track and field and was a sponsor of the Junior Beta Club.
He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University.
Stortz replaces former T.M.S. assistant principal Margaret Lopez, who is now principal of Troy Craughwell Elementary School.
Jessica Knobbe has been named assistant principal of William B. Orenic Intermediate School, which is also a Troy Community School District 30-C school.
Since 2009, Knobbe has also served as a staff development educator and as a reading specialist at Ludwig Elementary School in Lockport at Will County School District 92.
She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate reading and literacy program at Lewis University.
At Ludwig, Knobbe organized and facilitated family literacy nights and parent reading meetings.
She was also an active member of the strategic planning team, student support committee and the building leadership team.
She received a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of St. Francis in Joliet and a master’s degree in reading and literacy from Lewis University in Romeoville.
Knobbe is currently working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership, learning and stewardship at the University of St. Francis.
Knobbe replaces former W.B.O. assistant principal Kaitlin Curran, who is now principal of Navajo Heights School in Palos Heights.