Name: Bill Casey - Physical, Health, and Driver Education Department Chair

Education: B.S. Physical Education, Northern Illinois University
                  M.S. Administration, Northern Illinios University

Sports: Coach of Girls Track and Field.  Specifically High Jump, Hurdles and Pole Vault

Hobbies: Movies.  Love them all.  Also, always doing something new with my house and family. 

Quote: We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.


Name: Julie Bannack

Education: BS (Kinesiology) University of Illinois –GO ILLINI!!! MS (Adult Continuing Education) Northern Illinois University

Duties: Physical Education Department Chair Assistant

Sports: Coached in the Neuqua Valley Girls Wildact Volleyball Program for 8 years. Was an athletic trainer for 5 years at Neuqua. Coached Special Olympics basketball for 3 years

Family: Husband Jason and three kids Kaylee, Delaney and Braiden 

Hobbies: Running, listening to music, and pretending I'm the next American Idol (even though I can't carry a tune)

Quote: "Everything happens for a reason"

Favorite movie: "Breakfast club"

Favorite band/artists: (Hmm this is tough I like it all)  Kenney Chesney, Justin Timberlake, Mumford and Sons

Certifications: PIYO, Turbokick, Zumba and Body Shred


Name: Michael Bathan Education: BA in Kinesiology-Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Adapted PE & K-12 PE Certification-Cal State,Northridge, CA; MA Ed- Northern Illinois University NVHS Intramual Director

Hometown: Born in Manila, Philippines, but grew up in Temple City, CA (next to Pasadena: home of the Rose Bowl)

Hobbies: Anything to do with technology, photography, marathons, challenge races

Countries Traveled: Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Panama, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Vietnam Most

Memorable Moment While Traveling: Got engaged in Juliet's balcony in Verona, Italy, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

My advice: Get out of town and see the world…it will open your eyes and will really see the people around                       you.​ see the people around you.​


Name: Trudy Bennorth

Education: B.A from Augustana College and M.A.E.L. From Aurora University

Awards: Voted Who's Who of teaching in '07, 5th in IHSA State floor, 5th in Nationals tennis Division 2 played on a Jr. Olympic volleyball team, Voted DuPage Valley athlete of the year, graduated Cum Laude from college

Sports coaching: Varsity girls and boys tennis coach

Children: three boys-Matt (21 at University of Illinois), Chris (19 at North Central College) and Zack (15)

Hobbies: family, tennis, reading, eating, animals, biking, travel and hiking

Favorite music: COUNTRY!

Passions: Family, tennis, teaching and coaching (they are everything I always wanted to do! I am very lucky!)

Favorite Movies: Christmas vacation, RV and Dodgeball 

Animals: 3 dogs! A mastiff -Duchess (9), chocolate lab-Mocha (14) and a "beagle/wiener" dog mix –ZOEY (1)


Name: Nicholas Benson

Education: B.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.A. Educational Leadership, University of St. Francis 

Sports Coaching: Girls' Basketball, Football

Hobbies: Going to cubs games, playing golf, & watching as many sporting events as humanly possible.

Favorite movies: Gladiator & Remember the Titans

Favorite song(s)/artist(s): Cowboy in Me & Real Good Man by Tim McGraw, Little Moments by Brad Paisley

Places you want to travel to: Egypt & The Greek Isles

Languages I wish I could speak fluently: Spanish


Name: Jordan Fandrey

Education: B.A. Elmhurst College

Coaching: Varsity Dance at Lemont High School

Accomplishments: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elmhurst College, IAHPERD Northeastern District (2014) and State (2015) Scholarship Recipient, performed with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps 2012 & 2014 – Most Outstanding Brassline Member 2014, Visual Staff Member for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps 2016

Passions: Dance, music (both trumpet & vocal), family, fitness, coaching

Favorite Movies: Like Crazy, The Departed, Titanic

Favorite Music: Just about anything & everything! (Luke Bryan is my FAVE!)

Favorite TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things

Quote: "Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it." – Martha Graham


Name: Dan Fitzgerald

Education: Bachelors from Illinois State University, Master's in Educational Technology from Concordia University, currently working on second master's in ESL/Bilingual Instruction from National Louis University

Coaching/Sponsoring: Boys Volleyball, Intramural Director, IM Soccer sponsor, IM Basketball sponsor, Fitness Center supervisor

Hobbies: Running, music (playing, listening, going to concerts), chasing around my son(s) and two dogs, hanging out with family and friends.

Certifications: American Heart Association Certified Instructor


Name: Kerilyn Gatto

Education: B.S. from Illinois State University, SPED from Lewis University

Sports/Activities: NV Special Olympics Coach

Family: Married to Brandon, currently living in Chicago

Favorite music: I like everything, but some of my favorites are Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, Mumford and Sons, and Rebelution


Name: Laura McCarthy - Assistant Athletic Director/Department Liaison

Education: B.A. Physical Education ISU M.A. Physical Education Chicago State; M.A. Administration Aurora University

Awards: Most Influential Educator 1997, Who's Who in American Educators
Sports that you coached/Activities that you sponsored: Former Head Softball Coach, Treehaven Family: Bob the cat 

Hobbies: Traveling, Rafting, Skydive

Favorite song/artist/movie: Cold Play/Van Morrison/It's a Wonderful Life


Name: Rich Monis

Education: B.S. Kinesiology/Athletic Training and Physical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago(UIC).

Awards/Accomplishments: Played Division I Baseball at UIC, Former Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Fire-MLS, Voted Major League Soccer Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1999 and 2001. Former Staff Athletic Trainer for the U.S. Soccer Men's National Team.

Sports you Coach/Activities:Athletic Trainer at Naperville Central High School

Family: Wife-Jocelyn, Daughter-Kayla, Son-Alex

Certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)-National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)- National Athletic Trainer Association BOC

During my free time I enjoy: Coaching/playing with my kids, exercising, playing baseball, soccer, listening to music, watching sports/movies, and reading.

Favorite teams: Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Fire, O.K. any Chicago or Illinois Team.
Most memorable moments: Meeting my wife, the birth of my kids, hearing the National Anthem in front of a sold out stadium while working for the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team vs. Brazil, and winning the MLS Cup with the Chicago Fire at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Pet Peeves: People who drive ahead and cut into traffic when the lane reduces and soccer moms/dads who yell at refs.

Favorite Quote: Do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it. Not Almost. All the way. Not most of the time. All the time. Whatever it takes, no excuses, no explanations-Tony Dungy


Name: Len Penkala
Education: BA Physical Education, Benedictine University, 1996; MA- Educational Leadership Aurora University
Family: Wife: Leslie (teaches math at Metea), 2 daughters, Alisa and Lauren.
Hobbies: Running, Water skiing, snow skiing, playing music (guitar and piano).
Favorite Sports: Baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, and golf.
Awards: Most Influential Educator; Five times named Who's Who among American High School
Teachers;Education Major of the Year, Benedictine University; Illinois Coach of the Year, 2002 & 2005.


Name: Allison Perry
Education: B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College, MA, Teaching Cert. from North Central College, M.A. from Benedictine University, and currently working on my second Master's degree at Concordia University
Sports that you coach/Activities that you sponsor: Head ATC from '97-'02, Intramural Rock Climbing sponsor, coordinator for yearly Hoops for Heart event.
Family: Husband Dave (assistant principal at BFC), daughter Madison and son Tyson
Favorite band/artists: Zac Brown Band, James Taylor, Needtobreathe
Hobbies: Love all outdoor adventure activities, challenge races, and going to concerts.


Name: Gerry Petit
Education: Degree from North Central College. This is my 16th year at NVHS teaching P.E./Swimming, and coaching springboard diving. I am Certified in CPR, First Aid, Life Saving, AED and Deep water rescue.
Coaching: Have coached boys and girls diving for 11 years at Lake Park H.S. and 4 years at Marmion and Rosary Academy before coming to NVHS.
About the Coach: 43 years of experience on the Age Group, High School and College Levels. Currently Head Boys and Girls Coach at Neuqua Valley High School and The DuPage Diving Academy. Voted Diving Coach of the Year 4 times by the Illinois Swimming Association (nominated 8 times). Inducted into the Illinois Diving Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. Served on the IHSA Swimming & Diving Advisory Committee and am the High School representative to the Illinois Diving Association (IDA). Have coached (7) individual IHSA State Champions, (2) runner ups, and (3) 3rd place finishes since 2004. Have been a member coach of (2) IHSA State Championship, (2) runner-up and (3) 3rd place teams.


Name: Robin Renner

Education: BA Physical Education, Aurora College, 1980; MA- P.E. Chicago State

Family: Wife: Diane, 2 sons, Brett and Brady

Hobbies: Running, Fishing, Listening to Country music, Watching the Cubs win

Favorite Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, and hockey


Name: David Ricca

EducationB.S. from Taylor University M.S. from Benedictine

Sports/ActivitiesFreshman football coach, boys track and field throws coach

Family: Married to Heather, Son - Benjamin

ClassesDriver Ed, Health, Freshmen Personal Fitness, APF

Favorite Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers, Detroit Redwings, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Michigan, Iowa


Name: Kelly Simon
Education: B.A. form Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, Masters of Education from National Louis Univerity in Curriculum & Instruction
Sports:  Head Girls Volleyball Coach
Family: Married to Mark (English teacher and Speech coach at Metea Valley), son, Christian and daughter, Aubree.
Favorite Music: James Taylor, Erin Bode, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, Jack Johnson and Amy Grant



Name: Todd Sutton 

Education: Bachelor's from Western Illinois and Master's from Western Illinois

Special skill: Assistant technology liaison


Name: Shelby Thormeyer
Education: BS from Eastern Illinois University; MA Psychology from National Louis University, National Board Certified Teacher
Teaching: Advanced Health and Bodysculpt
Sports/Activities: Coach Neuqua Valley Girls Cross Country as well as the race director for the TS5K
Certifications: Zumba, Turbokick, STRIDE, & Piyo certified instructor
Family: Husband: Jim Daughter: Ella Grace Son: Jack
Favorite music: Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Ray Lamontagne, and The Beatles


Name: Marie Valente

Education: BA from North Central College, MS from University of St. FrancisSports Coaching: Girls' Varsity Badminton Coach

Hobbies: Traveling, dancing, golf, badminton, finding new hobbies, laughing & hanging out with loved ones.

Favorite movies: Any movie that will make me laugh so hard I cry. Action movies are good too. 

Places you want to travel to: Iceland, Egypt, Australia, & Hawaii to name a few

Languages I wish I could speak fluently: Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin), Tagalog, Italian, French, & Greek to name a few