Phone: 847-888-5162


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Christine Zugel

Ms. Zugel is a long-time devoted U-46 administrator and teacher having completed 31 years of service to our U-46 community.  She joined U-46 in 1991 when she was hired as a language arts, speech, and drama teacher at Kimball Middle School.  She served in that role until 2003 when she joined the staff at Abbott Middle School as a teacher.  She taught English, speech, and drama at Abbott for 10 years and then transitioned to the role of assistant principal for the last 7 years.  During her time as a teacher, she served on several building committees and worked with Abbott students by sponsoring the student council and yearbook, and directing several plays and musicals.

Ms. Zugel has also served the district by serving on curriculum writing teams, extra-curricular teams, as a Teacher Mentor Program mentor and panel member, and as a Peer Assistance and Review Panel member.  She is looking forward to continuing to work collaboratively with teachers, students, and parents on implementing and building on structures at Abbott that will help our students be successful.  

Ms. Zugel holds a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, and a Master’s degree in educational administration from Aurora University. 

Ms. Zugel can be contacted by calling our main office or by emailing her at



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Nico Ponquinette

Ms. Ponquinette joined the Abbott Middle School as assistant principal for the 2020-2021 school year. 

This is Ms. Ponquinette's 18th year in education. She started her career in District 89 as an intermediate teacher then moved into a middle school as a Science teacher for 13 years. Ms. Ponquinette was a Dean at Larkin High School for the past three years before joining Abbott Middle School.

Ms. Ponquinette earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from University of Illinois, and she also earned a Masters in Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

Ms. P can be reached by calling the main office or by email her at