Our Principal & Assistant Principal
Steve Johnson, Principal
Mr. Johnson began his career in U-46 in 1991. For nine years he was a school social worker at Centennial, Laurel Hill and Sheridan schools and at Central School Programs. Beginning in 2000 Mr. Johnson served as a Special Education supervisor working with teachers and other special education staff members at five school sites.
Mr. Johnson became the principal of Highland Elementary School in 2004, serving as the third principal since 1974. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University (1986), a Master of Social Work from Aurora University (1991) and additional course work at Aurora University, Roosevelt University, Judson University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Johnson is also a graduate of the National Institute for School Leadership.
Presentations include workshops for the past three years at the Illinois PBIS Summer Leadership Conference, A national Bully Prevention Conference, the Illinois Association of Multilingual Multicultural Education, the National Library Association and Illinois Principal's Association.
Mr. Johnson is married to Mona who is a teacher and has two daughters who are also both teachers.
Mayrena Guerrero, Assistant Principal
Ms. Guerrero became assistant principal of Highland Elementary School in 2019.