Administration

Cindy Larry

Cindy Larry

Principal

Ms. cindy larry

I started in West Aurora School District 129 in 1995. Since then I have been the Principal at Hill Elementary School.

Currently I am the Principal at Herget Middle School.

Joseph Neukirch

Joseph Neukirch

Assistant Principal of Teaching & Learning

Mr. Joseph neukirch

I am what is called a lifer.  Not only did I attend K-12 at West Aurora, I started my career here at West Aurora in 2005.  Here are some of the positions I have held in the West Aurora 129 School District. I was a West High Social Studies teacher, coached swimming and diving at West High.  I was then a West High Dean of Students and Assistant Principal of Operations at Jefferson Middle School. 

Currently I am the Assistant Principal of Teaching & Learning at Herget Middle School.

Joe and his wife have 2 sons, Jaxson and Jameson who are the families third generation attending West Aurora School District 129. 

Chuck Thornton

Chuck Thornton

Assistant Principal of Operations

Mr. Charles Thornton

Chuck Thornton, Assistant Principal of Operations, has a Bachelor Degree from Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Saint Francis and Master of Education in School Administration from Benedictine University.  Chuck previously served as Dean of Students at Herget, as well as teaching Social Studies at both Herget and Washington Middle Schools.

Phil Zelman

Phil Zelman

Dean

Mr. Phil Zelman

I have worked in District 129 since 2003 both as a teacher and as an administrator. I began my career at Jefferson Middle School where I taught math and reading as a 6th grade teacher. I became the Student Services Specialist at Jefferson Middle School and then moved to Greenman Elementary School as an Assistant Principal.  I have a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree from Aurora University, I am currently pursuing my doctorate at Aurora University. 

Currently I am the Dean of Students at Herget Middle School.  I look forward to working with the students, staff and families of Herget Middle School.