Mr. Daniel Ulrich
Welcome to McCleery Elementary School! As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students and parents—are excited to be here. This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment.
My previous educational experience includes working in the Yorkville School District, where I had the pleasure of teaching at the intermediate and middle school grade levels in the areas of mathematics and technology literacy. I was also given an opportunity to work with 7th grade students as a math interventionist, helping bridge gaps or enrich content for individual students to help them reach their full potential.
I have spent my career being a member of various teams. The opportunity to work with grade levels, building level and extra-curricular teams has allowed me to collaborate with others to achieve a common goal, do what is best for students, and help them be successful in all facets of their education.
I am looking forward to another year at McCleery Elementary as principal and I am excited to see what our students accomplish this year!
Mrs. Jen Bernal
I am proud to serve as the assistant principal of McCleery Elementary School! I believe in the importance of working collaboratively with staff, families, and the community to create a culture of high expectations for all. Students need to be challenged, inspired, encouraged, learn from opportunities, and be a part of a community that fosters a life-long love for learning.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Elementary Leadership, both from Aurora University. My educational career began in the West Aurora School District in 1997, and over the years I have worked as a special education paraprofessional, a first, third, and fifth grade teacher, and a student services specialist. In addition to working at McCleery Elementary School, I have also worked at Goodwin, Nicholson, Fearn, and Smith Elementary Schools.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, and teaching spin class. I also enjoy spending time with my two children, Dylan and Grace, who have both attended the West Aurora Schools.
It is my pleasure to serve the McCleery community, and I look forward to meeting you!