W.A. Johnson School Administration

Carlos Patiño

  • Carlos PatiñoW.A. Johnson School Principal
    @wajprincipal

    PH: 630-766-2605 ext. 3776
    FX: 630-595-3609
    Email: cpatino@bsd2.org

     

    Passion

    I am excited to begin the 2020-2021 year at W.A. Johnson, and look forward to working with our students, staff, parents, and community members. I decided to become an educator because I love helping students learn. I have ten years of classroom experience where I taught many different grade levels in elementary, middle, and high school before becoming a school administrator. As an administrator, I was drawn to Bensenville because of the rich culture, diversity, and commitment to excellence. Serving as the principal at WA Johnson is a great honor, as it is a responsibility. I believe that our commitment to work together is key to fulfilling our mission of children achieving their highest potential.  I am honored to serve this community, and will work hard to gain your trust and respect as WA Johnson’s co-principal. I look forward to working with everyone in our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

    Education

    • Educational Leadership, MA
      American College of Education

    • Elementary Education, MA
      Northeastern Illinois University

    Experience 

    • W.A. Johnson School
      Principal (2017-present)

    • New Field Elementary School, Chicago
      Principal (2014-2017)

    • New Field Elementary School, Chicago
      Assistant Principal (2012-2014)

    • Chicago Public Schools New Leaders Program
      Resident Principal (2012)

    • Chicago Public Scoools
      Classroom Teacher (2006-2012)

    • The Preuss School, San Diego
      Classroom Teacher (2003-2006)

Saul Melendez

  • Saul MelendezW.A. Johnson School Assistant Principal

    PH: 630-766-2605 ext. 3775
    FX: 630-595-3609
    Email: smelendez@bsd2.org




    Passion

    I am excited to have become a part of the W.A. Johnson family for the 2023-2024 school year. I look forward to working with our students, staff, parents, and community members. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 18 years. I have worked with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th Grade in a variety of roles. Bensenville is a wonderful place to serve the community and improve professionally because of the District's commitment to "Learning and Growing Together." I am honored to have the opportunity to help lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students. I look forward to working with everyone in our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

    Education

    • Educational Leadership & Type 75, MA
      Northeastern Illinois University

    • Latin American and Latinos Studies, BA
      University of Illinois at Chicago

    Experience 

    • Chicago Public Schools
      Assistant Principal (2012-2022)

    • ASPIRA
      Dean of Students (2010-2012)

    • Youth Connection Charter Schools (YCCS)
      Social Studies Teacher (2004-2010)