McHENRY – McHenry School District 156 has announced that Jeff Prickett, principal of Richard Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake, will be the next principal of McHenry East High School.
On Monday, the District 156 board approved Prickett joining the district as the new principal. He will take over July 1.
Prickett will succeed Eric Blake, who has been McHenry East’s principal for the past four years. Prickett will bring his experience to District 156, as he has been a school principal for the past 13 years.
Before serving as the Bernotas principal the past three years, he also was the principal at Round Lake Middle School and W.J. Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Park. In addition, Prickett has served as the assistant principal and dean of students at Parkland Middle School in McHenry.
“Dr. Prickett’s experience as building leader, his ability to connect to all stakeholder groups and his motivation to transform teaching and learning will be a welcome addition to our school community,” District 156 Superintendent Ryan McTague said.
Prickett’s career in the education field started in 1997 as an English teacher at Kerr Middle School in Blue Island after earning his Ed.D. in educational leadership from National Louis University. Prickett holds a Master of Arts in administration from Aurora University as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Judson College in Elgin.
Prickett lives in McHenry with his family. He has a son, Tyler, who is enrolled in the district, as well as two daughters, Emma and Toni, who have graduated from District 156.
“I am really excited about this opportunity to work for McHenry High School 156,” Prickett said. “ … I’m just thrilled to be able to give back and serve the community where I live. The district is doing some great things, and I’m really excited to be a part of what’s coming for McHenry.”
Prickett was named the Illinois Principals Association Kishwaukee Region Middle School Principal of the Year in 2016. He also was a Golden Apple principal nominee this year, which recognizes school leaders who have exhibited exemplary performance and outstanding leadership.
Prickett’s salary will be $138,000.