Vernon Hills High School - Fine Arts

Meet the Faculty

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Drew Russell

Department Supervisor
847.932.2282 •

Education: University of Illinois – BS in Music Education, Concordia University Chicago – MA in School Leadership. Experience: Taught at Warren Township HS 2007-2013, started in District 128 in 2013. Courses: Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Band Sectionals.

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Jackie Roleck

Fine Arts Secretary
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Stefanie Dahlstrom  

Stefanie Dahlstrom

Art Teacher
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Education: North Park University – BA in Visual Art with K-12 Certification, Northern Illinois University MA in Educational Administration. Experience: Started at VHHS in 2001. Courses:

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Stephanie Freichels

Drama Teacher & Director
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Education: Indiana University – BA in English and Theatre, Northern Illinois University – 9-12 English/Theatre Certification. Experience: Started at VHHS in 2001. Courses: Introduction to Theatre, Acting Studio, Freshman Literature and Composition, Freshman Literature and Composition Honors.

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Dana Green

Orchestra Director
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Education: DePaul University – BM in Music Education; Northern Illinois University – MM in Music Education. Experience: Taught at Naperville North High School 2004-16, Director of the Sinfonia Orchestra at the WSYO 2005-20016, Director of Debut Orchestra at the CYSO 2016-present, started at VHHS in 2016. Courses: Concert Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra.

Erin Jaffe  

Erin Jaffe

Dance Teacher & Director of Orchesis Dance Company
847.932.2562 • erin.jaffe@

Education: Columbia College Chicago – BA in Dance, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee – Dance Teaching Certification K-12, University of North Carolina Greensboro – MA Dance Education. Experience: Began at VHHS in 2006. Courses: Dance I, II, & III.

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Haley Nichol

Assistant Band/Orchestra Director
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Education: Indiana University — BM in Music Education. Experience: student taught at Bloomington High School North, fall 2015, started at VHHS in 2016. Courses: Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Band



Jeremy Little

Choir Teacher
847.932.2161 •

Education: University of Illinois – BME in Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MM in Music Education. Experience: Milwaukee Lutheran High School (2003-2007). Began teaching at VHHS in 2007. Courses: Treble Choir, Men’s Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, VoiceMale & LoveNotes (a cappella groups).


Allison Molloy

Art Teacher
847.932.2060 •

Education: Lake Forest College – BA in Studio Art and Psychology; Elmhurst College – K-12 Art Certification. Experience: Student taught at LHS in 2009; Substitute taught in District #25 and District 128; Began teaching at Vernon Hills and Libertyville High Schools in August 2011. Courses: AP Studio Art, Drawing and Printmaking Studio, Painting Studio, Digital Photography 1, Digital Photography Studio, Computer Art, 2D Intro to Art.

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Dave Ness

Guitar Teacher
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Education: MM in Jazz Pedagogy, Northwestern University; BM in Guitar Performance, Northern Illinois University; Teacher Certification, Carthage College. Teaching Experience: Northwestern University, CLC, Carthage College, Judson College, Music Institute of Chicago, Des Plaines District 62, Saint Catherine’s High School, started teaching in district 128 in 2015. Courses: Guitar.


Kevin Phelan

Technical Theatre Director
847.932.2281 •

Education: University of Northern Colorado – BA in Theatre Education. Experience: Began at VHHS in 2000. Courses: Technical Theatre , Television Communication.


Randy Sundell

Director of Bands
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Education: Northwestern University – BS in Mathematics, BM in Music Education, MM in Music Education. Experience: Oak Grove School District #68 – 1992 – 1996. District #128 – 1996 – present. Courses: AP Music Theory, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Sectionals, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Chamber Ensembles.