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Phone: 1.309.266.7182

Fax: 1.309.263.2168

Absence: 1.309.263.0611




Mrs. Johnson    Extension 6010

Principal of Morton High School

Mrs. Johnson has been at Morton High School since 1999.  After teaching in several other states for 11 years, she came to MHS as a biology and physics teacher.  For the next 9 years, she taught various science courses before becoming assistant principal in 2009.  In 2012, she became principal.

Mrs. Johnson's educational career started with a BS degree in science education from Oral Roberts University in 1987.   She then received an MS degree in science education from Montana State University in 1999.  In 2009, she completed her MEd degree in educational administration through Illinois State University and in 2015 she completed her EdS degree with superintendent certification through Western Illinois University.

Morton High School has played a huge role in Mrs. Johnson's family.  She is the proud parent of several MHS graduates.  She is thankful for the high quality education that each of them received and is dedicated to providing that same level of excellence to each student MHS serves. 

In her "free" time, Mrs. Johnson loves to travel with her husband, Ric.  She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.



Deidre Ripka        Extension 6090


Mrs. Deidre Ripka is the Assistant Principal and Dean for students whose last names begin with A - L.  She spent her formative years as a Lady Pretzel at Freeport High School in Freeport, Illinois.  She attended Western Illinois University as an elementary education major, Golden Apple Scholar, and a member of the women’s basketball team.  She taught 8th grade Language Arts at Central Junior High in Kewanee, Illinois, and was also a girls basketball coach at Kewanee High School.  While teaching, Mrs. Ripka earned her MS in School Counseling at WIU.  In 2005, she moved into the Counseling Office at Morton High School and became the Director of Counseling in 2007.  She earned her Educational Leadership certificate from Bradley University in May 2013.

Mrs. Ripka and her husband live in Morton with their children, Izzy and Anderson.  In her free time she enjoys watching her kids play sports and dance, cooking, and training for local races and half marathons.  She is a member of the local running club—Royal Runners.


Kirk Edwards     Extension 6100


Kirk Edwards is the Assistant Principal and Dean for students whose last names begin with M - Z.  He previously worked at Pekin Community High School as an English and Social Studies teacher for the last 11 years.


Kirk received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2002, his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Xavier University in 2006, and his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Illinois State University in 2012. He is married to Brandi Edwards who is a stay at home mother. Kirk and Brandi have three children (two girls and a boy) by the names of Kamden, Emersyn, and Greysen.


    Scott Jones     Extension 6030


 Scott Jones is the Athletic Director. He is a native of Berwyn, IL where he attended Morton West High School and Hinsdale South High School.  He holds degrees from Western Illinois University and the American College of Education.  Scott taught instrumental music for 19 years and during that time has coached Football, Baseball and Softball.  He was awarded the ICA Softball Coach of the Year in 2007 & 2009, and was also awarded the Illinois Principal’s Association (CIV) Assistant Principal of the Year in 2014 while working for Dunlap High School.  During his free time Scott enjoys playing Golf, Softball, and traveling with his wife Jeanie, who teaches 3rd Grade for the Brimfield Schools.  Scott and Jeanie have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.




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