20 Highest Paid Teachers in District 200

The following information on the highest paid teachers in District 200 for the 2011-2012 school year was obtained from the District 200 website.

Salary and benefit information for public employees is public record. We post this information because we think it will be of interest to our readers, many of whom are Wheaton residents and taxpayers who foot the bill.

Through the rest of the year, Wheaton Patch will regularly post the highest paid individuals from Wheaton's remaining taxing bodies: City of Wheaton, Wheaton Public Library, and the Wheaton Park District.

The following information was obtained from the District 200 website. This table excludes administrators and teachers who retired in June 2012.

Name School
Position, Retirement Year Base Salary Retirement Enhancements Other Benefits Total Ron Muhitch Wheaton Warrenville South High School (WWSHS) PE/Health, 2014 $135,370 $8,246 $23,873 $167,489 Ron Piro Wheaton North High School (WNHS) English, 2014 $122,195 $7,414 $23,499 $153,108 Matt Marzullo WWSHS PE/Health $128,270 $0 $21,914 $150,184 Tony Houle WWSHS
Science, 2013
$119,825 $7,116 $21,969 $148,910 Wayne Spychala Franklin Middle School
Science, 2016
$115,664 $0 $32,653 $148,317 David McCartney WWSHS Library $117,398 $7,044 $21,902 $146,344 Robert Blazek Monroe Middle School
Band, 2015
$116,875 $7,013 $21,883 $145,771 Peggy Tibbitt WWSHS
Math, 2013
$116,731 $6,957 $21,875 $145,563 Cynthia Paulsen WNHS
Science, 2014
$116,423 $6,960 $21,900 $145,283 Kitsa Schmidt Hubble Middle School
Special Education, 2013
$114,548 $6,873 $21,818 $143,239 Michael Harland Franklin Middle School PE, 2016
$120,445 $0 $21,789 $142,234 Ron Hladilek Monroe Middle School Social Studies $119,557 $0 $21,564 $141,121 Judith Lutz Bower Elementary School
Speech Pathologist, 2013
$112,352 $6,741 $21,716 $140,809 Carrie Provost Franklin Middle School Orchestra $118,395 $0 $21,707 $140,102 Deborah Moran Emerson Elementary School
Resource Teacher, 2013
$111,268 $6,676 $21,727 $139,671 Christine Sitze Sandburg Elementary School
First Grade, 2013
$111,268 $6,676 $21,727 $139,671 Karen Kasperkiewicz Hubble Middle School
Science, 2013
$111,268 $6,676 $21,723 $139,667 Barbara LaRowe Madison Elementary School
Speech and Language, 2014
$110,725 $6,643 $21,711 $139,079 Christopher Kuntz Johnson Elementary School PE $117,326 $0 $21,707 $139,033 Stephen Mayo WNHS Science $127,945 $0 $10,879 $138,824

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Louise October 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I assume "other benefits" include things like coaching, committees and clubs advising? It would be interesting to see what those are for each person listed. "Retirement enhancement" is only listed for those with a retirement date...what is that?
Sandra Hack October 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
My daughter works in a Special Education classroom in Homewood, Illinois and has two years experience and a Master's Degree. She makes $43,000 a year and is driving 1 hour and 15 milnutes each way because she can not find affordable housing as a single person footing all the bills. Just to let you know there are a lot of hardworking teachers in the system in Illinois that don't make nearly what ls listed here!
Thomas October 10, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Sandra, she has only been working for two years. What do you think she should make? Very few professions have people making $100k in their first two years of their career.
BIll I October 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Exactly right Thomas. When you read about pensions at the State level being underfunded you can include the teachers and local school baords whove gamed the system. Just go back and look at Dist 200 contract with Catalini. Does anyone know he's working in Arizona for another school district and declines their insurance plan that the locals here will be paying here well into the next decade.
BIll I October 10, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Jim, It may come as a suprprise to you but some people in the public sector contribute upwards of 10% on a bi wekly basis towards their pension. The issue is with school districts whove made it a point to raise peoples pay in the remaining years of their employement for purposes of increasing their pensions at a direct cost to the State. Those that aren't afforded that kind of system don't have these lavish pensions that we read about. Thank goodness the State changed the rules and now the districts have to come up with the added difference in pay for playing their games. Which raises the question why the local districts shouldnt bear some of the responsibility of footing the bill for the underfunded pensions in the State today.
Phyllis October 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
My gripe about this is...Where are those elementary teachers on this list? THEY are the ones who should be paid highest. They get kids with no prior teachings and teach them the basics to everything we do in life...Reading, Writing and Arithmetic! Why are they so low on the pay scale? Seriously? Without those basics we have nothing to work with... Pay the teachers according to WHAT they teach to WHO! I see an awful lot of coaches/PE teachers on this top 20 list...that is silly. We need to acknowledge our elementary teachers, their workload is THE hardest and they produce students for the rest of the teachers to teach without having to worry if the students CAN read or CAN write! I appreciate their work, without them we wouldnt have doctors, lawyers, sports, etc!
BIll I October 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM
So if I understand you Phylis, we should pay lifeguards even more than teachers. Afterall they are the ones on the front line asked to save lives.
BIll I October 10, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I think if you research the many public databases available you will see that many elemetary teachers are well represented on the pay scale as well. Add in the fact that these figures are not even annualized and only entail 9 months work.
Elizabeth October 12, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Phyllis, Do you see the elementary teachers on this list? Cause I do. I see a lot of elementary and middle school. And Sanda, Do you have any idea of the education and years of experience these people have? There is clearly a reason they make this. They are specialist in their field of education with over 30 years experience. Like Thomas said, there is a reason daughter only makes 43k.
Christopher October 12, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Last time I checked a PE/Health teacher should never be paid $135,000. This is absolutely ridiculous. Please, someone logically justify this. If you can do it successfully, I will be extremely impressed. Don't give me this specialist crap either, there are 2 PE teachers, a band director and "library" person. And people wonder why the IL pension system is in trouble.
Christopher October 12, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Thomas, I think you are missing the point. It sounds like she is defending the system by saying not everyone is getting paid $100,000, so the media shouldn't demonize the entire teaching profession by posting what the top 1% make.
Mike W October 13, 2012 at 06:11 AM
christopher, he is one of the top librarians this school district has ever seen. Although he job may seem basic, he does a phenomenal job filling up the empty printers with paper, and putting books back on the shelves in the proper place. This kind of work is hard to find.
Mark Johnson October 18, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Charlotte, can you get the itemized breakdown of "Retirement Benefits" for each of these employees from the school district and post that information in an article for us. The public deserves to know exactly what it's paying for. Thanks. Also to some of the readers above. PE teaches often receive coaching stipends which I believe is included in the pay listed above. Retirement enhancements is the 6% end of career salary increases for each of the employees last for years of their career, that is being phased out in District 200 and is being replaced in part by bonuses which I don't believe are part of pensionable salary. All things equal in a given area of the State, elementary districts usually pay the least, Unit districts such as District 200 the middle, and high school districts the most. Amazingly three of the highest paying districts in the State are suburban high school districts around Midway airport: Argo High School District 217 in Summit (attendance area includes Summit, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Justice, Willow Springs, and a portion of Hickory Hills), Reavis High School District 220 in Burbank, and Oak Lawn High School District 229. Michael Madigan lives near Midway Airport and has proposed shifting the State portion of the TRS pension contribution to the school districts because the State supposedly does not contribute to CPS teacher pensions. Inicidentally the State does favor CPS over suburban and downstate in some other types of school funding.
Mark Johnson October 18, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Typo above, should be for each of the employees last four (not for) years of their career...
billy October 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Sorry Mike W. you minimized the librarian importance by citing filling copying machines. I recall a DJ corporation in late 1970s eliminated any BODY caring for copy machines - if you use it, you refill it when empty was still working after 20 years! Oh by the way secretaries were eliminated except for President level, they became resources for anyone not computer literate - that faded in just a few years and then as not needed resources! All part of the corporate growth to the top in 21st century.
billy October 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Interesting missing column to right of school assigned name - what is that school's performance improvement in the past year or during the teacher's career ? Not sure the SCHOOL is important as is the student's growth in that school's environment ?
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 04:56 AM
There are five elementary school teachers on this list.
Tim October 29, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Did anyone look at the contract? p.46. There are many other things that teachers get paid for that add to their salary. It should not show that this is their "base", I think. http://cusdsandbox.schoolwires.net/235310927153614240/lib/235310927153614240/WWEA_Final_Contract_2010-12.pdf
Tim October 29, 2012 at 02:20 AM
The author needs to tell us more. Dig a little deeper and do your duty to give us the whole picture? And what is the author's purpose?
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
What more do you want? I think the link you provided is perfect. The purpose is to inform residents what District 200 employees make.
Community Resident November 07, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I agree a librarian's job is not easy as one might think and they should be compensated for it appropriately, but worth $146,000? No way. That is twice as much as a nurse, firefighter, etc, makes and they are responsible for a person's life.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Jim McMahon I deleted a comment because it violates our terms of use.
Sean Johnders November 07, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Does Jim McMahon or Gregg Slapak ever make a sensible comment?
Walt December 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Actually it's like 20% or more, and they won't get Social Security when they retire. The teachers made a contract for which they have been keeping their part by contributing 20% or more of their compensation into the pesnions system - under the contracts the state agreed to match employee contributions but they have not kept up their end of the contract.
Walt December 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM
This is total compensation - they do not take home near that amount, 20% or more of this goes into the pension fund, the state is supposed to match employee contributions but they have underfunded it for decades.
Walt December 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM
If ignorance is bliss, billy is in hog heaven! In order to become a librarian, one needs a master's degree at least. Librarians must know several library classification systems, as well as research techniques, and current computer skills on a variety of platforms. They also need to be familiar with the various genres in literature & be familiar with a wide variety of authors & literary works. All in all, librarians need to be skilled in many fields with which billy here is obviously unfamiliar.
Walt December 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I've been in the private sector for over 21 years. From my observations, a person in the private sector that has advanced degrees and over 20 years of experience usually makes well over $100K/yr & doesn't have to deal with kids who are unruly, or who have been abused (I know some teachers who could tell you some horror stories that would curl your hair on that score), or have other mental, emotional and/or physical issues. Just being allowed in a classroom a teacher needs a 4 yr. degree as well as completing a certification process - and they're usually required to continue their education (at their own expense) during the course of their career.


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