Homer Jr. High School


Message from the Principal

Welcome to the Homer Junior High School website. As the principal of Homer Junior High, I am honored to have the opportunity to interact with students and staff on a daily basis. It is the goal of our faculty, staff and administration to create connections for student success at Homer Junior High School.

Homer Junior High is a wonderful place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow educationally, get involved, and have a meaningful junior high experience. It is our goal to provide each of our students the opportunity to excel academically, in the fine and performing arts, and athletically.

Our curriculum, course offerings, and extra-curricular offerings are second to none. We strive to create an environment where each and every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success.

All of this is made possible by strong partnerships that are developed with our parents. I hope that our website will assist in this endeavor. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Troy MitchellPrincipal, Homer Junior High School

Meet the Principal

Ohio native Troy Mitchell never expected to leave “The Buckeye State” until he was offered his first teaching position out of college in Homer School District 33C during the 1986-87 school year. He taught Physical Education at Goodings Grove School for two years before transferring to the newly constructed Hadley Middle School (formerly Hadley Elementary) in 1988. Twelve years later, he was named Dean at Homer Junior High School. In 2002, he was named Homer’s Assistant Principal/Athletic Director -- a position he held for three years before being named Interim Principal in the spring of 2004. In 2005, he was named Principal.

Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Kinesio Therapy from the University of Toledo, and his Masters in Educational Administration from Governors State University. He and his wife, Kelly (a teacher at Goodings Grove), live in New Lenox. They have three sons.

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Greg Zurales, Assistant Principal

Meet the Assistant Principal

Greg Zurales has always had an inquisitive mind. In fact, it was his love for learning that inspired him to pursue a career in education. After graduating from St. Laurence High School in Burbank, the Chicago native attended Northern Illinois University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He went on to receive his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. His first teaching position out of college was right here in Homer 33C as a sixth grade Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts teacher at Hadley Middle School. Four years later, in 2006, he moved to Homer Junior High School where he taught Reading/Language Arts for a year. In 2007, he was named Dean at the junior high. In 2012, he accepted his current position as Assistant Principal. Mr. Zurales and his wife, Carole, live in Frankfort.

Kelly Kardas, Dean

Meet the Dean

Kelly Kardas is committed to making school a place where all students can be life-long, independent learners and productive citizens in a rapidly changing world. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education (with a Minor in Psychology) from Illinois State University and Master’s degree in School Leadership (Type 75) from Concordia University. Her first teaching position was in Glen Ellyn School District 41 where she taught sixth grade math and eighth grade Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Honors Geometry. She joined the Homer 33C family in 2016.

Always eager to learn something new, Ms. Kardas has participated in a number of committees through the years, including a Parent Teacher Advisory committee, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Committee and Crisis Planning committee. She enjoys working with students of all ability levels and helping them succeed. “Education is a gift and should not be taken for granted,” she said. “”I believe that education is a continuous cycle and one’s learning never ends.”

Outside of school, Ms. Kardas enjoys Irish dancing. She was a Champion Irish dancer for six years and competed abroad in Ireland and Scotland. She lives in Lemont.

Homer Jr. High School
15711 Bell Road
Homer Glen, IL 60491

Hours: 7:48 A.M. - 2:10 P.M.

Phone: (708)226-7800
Fax: (708)226-7859

Samantha Schneider
Homer Jr. High School Nurse

Kitchen: (708)226-8359


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