• Welcome to West Campus!  

    We take pride in assuring that our mission statement,  “We are committed to provide all students with the skills they need to be life-long learners and productive citizens” is a visible and important description of our dedication to supporting student success.  With over 1400 students, 100 teachers and numerous support staff, our school community offers many opportunities for our students and families.  Our diverse curriculum includes a variety of electives, twenty advanced placement courses, and dual credit credit options.  We continue to expand our offerings and are adding new courses each year to meet the needs of our students.  In addition, many support programs are incorporated, such as the student resource center, AIM period, peer tutoring, the learning resource center, peer leaders, and a Response to Intervention system.  The dedicated staff who work closely with our students as well as the many interventions provided results in a  92% graduation rate and over 67% of our students enrolling in post-secondary educational programs. Likewise, students are provided the opportunity to participate in 23 athletic teams and over 40 extra-curricular activities designed to engage students beyond the school day.  Our Distinguished Warrior Program is designed to encourage students to excel in the classroom, participate in extra-curricular activities, make positive choices and commit to community services; over 30% of the Class of 2019 earned this distinction at the graduation ceremony.  In short, we strive to provide a quality experience for each student at McHenry West.

Mrs. Marsha Potthoff - Principal

Phone: (815) 385-7077 ext. 5522

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Mrs. Marsha Potthoff - Principal

Marsha Potthoff is in her sixth year as Principal of McHenry West High School.  Mrs. Potthoff began her career in Sycamore as a high school English teacher after graduating from Illinois State University.  While teaching, she earned her counselor education degree and administrative endorsement at Northern Illinois University.  After serving as Director of Guidance in Crystal Lake for several years, she became Principal at Crystal Lake South before moving to her current position.  During her career, Mrs. Potthoff coached volleyball, was student council and key club advisor as well as establishing a leadership club.  She currently hosts a student advisory to gain feedback from the students and to establish open communication with the administration.  She is also a member of the IHSA athletic advisory committee.  Mrs. Potthoff has four children: Lauren, Leesa, Abbey and Jake.  Follow Mrs. Potthoff on twitter @marshapotthoff.

Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons - Associate Principal

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 5529

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Mr. Terry Fitzgibbons - Associate Principal

Terry Fitzgibbons is in his sixth year as the Associate Principal at West Campus, and tenth year as an Administrator in District 156. This is Mr. Fitzgibbons’ thirteth year working with children, twenty-two years in the educational field as a teacher and administrator. Prior to becoming an educator Mr. Fitzgibbons was a physical activities director for the Chicago Park District.  Mr. Fitzgibbons earned his Bachelor’s Degree from North Central College where he played on the varsity baseball team . He was voted team captain by his peers and was nominated as a 1st Team All Conference player by the coaches of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Mr. Fitzgibbons was a Physical Education teacher at Woodland Middle School prior to beginning his career as a school administrator. Mr. Fitzgibbons has experience coaching the following sports; girls softball, track and field, boys bowling and baseball.  Mr. Fitzgibbons earned his Masters Degree from Northern Illinois University and has held administrative positions as a Dean, Director of Deans and Assistant Principal.  Mr. Fitzgibbons is married to Erin Fitzgibbons and has two children, Emma and Sean.

Mr. Greg Eiserman - Assistant Principal

Phone: (815) 385-7077 ext 5515

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Bachelor’s Degree at Illinois Wesleyan Master’s Degree at Aurora University Ed.S. (Education Specialist) at Western Illinois University

Mr. Greg Eiserman - Assistant Principal

Greg Eiserman is in his second year as Assistant Principal at West Campus.  This is his twenty-first year in public education with twenty of those at MCHS.  Mr. Eiserman was in the classroom for nineteen years while also serving as Department Chair, Division Chair, and union president.  Prior to his move to administration, he coached basketball, soccer and tennis.  He also helped create and advise the Student Leadership Team and created Warrior Nation while Student Council advisor.  He completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Illinois Wesleyan, his Master’s Degree at Aurora University, and recently completed his Ed.S. through Western Illinois University.  Mr. Eiserman is married to Jen Eiserman and has three children, Ella, Emmett and Charles. He is also a very proud alumnus of MCHS. You can follow him on Twitter @MrEiserman.

Quick Links to Mr. Eiserman's programs:  St. Baldrick's  Student Activities  Distinguished Warrior  Seal of Biliteracy

Mr. Barry Burmeister

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 2967

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Mr. Barry Burmeister

Barry Burmeister, CMAA is in his thirty-third year as an educator, coach, and currently serves as the Athletic Administrator at McHenry Community High School. Prior to becoming the Director of Athletics, he taught Government and Citizenship, Youth and The Law, as well as, serving as the Assistant Athletic Director. He also served as the Head Varsity Men’s Basketball coach, Head Men’s Sophomore Basketball coach, and Assistant Varsity Women’s Basketball Coach. Prior to becoming the Head Men’s Basketball coach, he was the varsity assistant in the Men’s Basketball Program for fourteen years, serving loyally under numerous head coaches. In addition, he coached in the very successful McHenry Football program as a varsity assistant, and was the head coach and later varsity assistant of a perennial powerhouse in softball, during his thirty-three year tenure at MCHS.
He has attained Certified Master Athletic Administrator status, which is the highest level of achievement in his profession.  Barry’s family consists of his wife Karyn, his son TC, his daughter Annika and his stepdaughters Kaitlyn and Megan.

Follow McHenry Sports:  Twitter: @WEAREWARRIORS11  McHenry Sports

 Officer Sam Shafer

Phone: (815) 385 - 7077 ext 2997

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Officer Sam Shafer

Officer Samuel Shafer started with the McHenry Police Department in 2014, and is in his second year as the school resource officer at McHenry High School - West Campus.  He is also a part of the Investigations Division of the McHenry Police Department. Sam is a 2006 graduate of Woodstock High School. He has completed his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and has been working to complete his PHD in Public Administration. During his career with the McHenry Police Department Officer Shafer has been a Juvenile Officer, Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer, Bicycle Officer, and ATV Officer. In his free time Sam enjoys staying active, triathlon training, and enjoying the outdoors with his dog Ryland.

Mr. Justin Stroh

Phone: 815-385-7077 ext. 5511

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Mr. Justin Stroh

Justin Stroh is in his first year as the Dean of Students at West Campus. Prior to coming to District 156, Mr. Stroh taught Biology at Barrington High School for seven years. While at Barrington, he was the ACT and SAT Saturday Test Coordinator for three years; he was the head coach of the Science Olympiad team for all seven years, helping advance their team to the state tournament four times. He completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Western Illinois University, his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL Endorsement through Aurora University, and his Master's in Educational Leadership through Concordia University. Mr. Stroh and his wife Ashley have two children together, Easton and Emersyn. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, going camping, and attending country concerts. You can follow Mr. Stroh on Twitter @StrohCity. He is really looking forward to working with D156 students, staff and community!