DR. MICHAEL S. SMITH
I am extremely proud to be a West Aurora Blackhawk! As a student, I attended District 129 schools K-12. I began my teaching career back in 1999 as a second grade teacher at Hall Elementary School. In 2004, I became the assistant principal at Hill Elementary School. From 2006-2016, I was the principal at Freeman Elementary School. From there, I became the principal at Hill Elementary School from 2016-2019.
I am currently going into my fourth year as the principal of Jewel Middle School. Jaguars embrace challenge and are committed to getting involved. I look forward to partnering with the Jewel Middle School community again during the 2022-23 school year.
LEAD, SERVE, INSPIRE!
Mrs. aMY TOWNES
I am a lifelong resident of Aurora and a proud graduate of West Aurora High School. I started my career as a special education teacher in 1991 and then joined West Aurora School District 129 in 1992. Throughout my years at West Aurora I have been a special education teacher and a sixth grade teacher at Goodwin Elementary and Jewel Middle School. From 2008 -2011, I served as the dean of students at Jewel. In 2011, I became the assistant principal at Washington Middle School and in 2012, I came back to Jewel to be the assistant principal of teaching & learning.
Being a Jewel Jaguar is all about getting involved! Get involved in your academics by always doing your best. Get involved in a club or sport to make new friends, experience leadership, and stay busy. Get involved in service to your school community by doing something for others. In serving others you become a better version of yourself!
I am excited to continue to have the opportunity to work with the students, staff, and families of Jewel Middle School. It is a place that I am proud to call home. #LEAD#SERVE#INSPIRE!
Mr. tim mckenna
I am excited to start my 6th year as the assistant principal at Jewel Middle School. I began my professional career as a physical education and health teacher in a kindergarten through grade eight building. I came to West Aurora in 2005 and I worked as a physical education teacher and football, basketball, and track coach. I became a student services specialist at Jefferson Middle School in 2007. I have been married for 20 years and I have 15 year old son and a 8 year old daughter. I love going for bike rides with my family and cheering on the Chicago sports teams.
MRs. lauren rymarz
I am excited to be continuing my professional journey within the School District 129 community as dean of students at Jewel Middle School. Since 2014, I served as a social studies teacher at West Aurora High School. During my time at West High, I initiated and developed an Advanced Placement® history course, acted as head badminton coach, and lead a professional learning community. I am grateful for the mentorship and opportunities that I was given during my time at West, and I am looking forward to new opportunities as a Jewel Jaguar.