Any Premier Academy Staff member can be reached at 815-416-0377.

Their positions and personal extensions are listed below.  If you wish to contact a staff member via email, just copy and paste the corresponding email address.


The vision and purpose of the Administrative Staff is to provide students, parents, staff and stakeholders of Premier Academy with comprehensive services and supports.  The combined education and alternative program experiences of the administrative staff provides a strong foundation for the program.  The administrative staff is comprised of:


Meghan Martin


Welcome, Premier Academy students!  Joining the Premier organization during the 2003-2004 school year, Meghan started as a teacher at Premier Academy Middle School in Joliet (now known as Lincoln School).  Between the two Premier Academy sites, she has held various positions and is currently serving as Principal of Premier in Morris.

Meghan attended Kankakee Community College to play softball, where she completed an Associate in Science.  She went on to Jacksonville State University, where she played softball while earning her B.S. in Elementary Education.  Finally, Meghan completed an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Aurora University.

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Nick Bertino

Assistant Principal

Nick attended Illinois State University and earned his Bachelors Degree in History.  He then attended National-Louis University for his teaching certification.  Nick has since obtained his principal endorsement in educational leadership from Aurora University.

Nick resides in Morris with his wife, two stepsons and his own son, who is entering 5th grade.  He enjoys golfing and watching Chicago sports (except for the White Sox), hanging with family and friends, and playing drums every now and then.

For more information, please visit Mr. Bertino’s website.

(815) 416-0377 x1101


Samantha Lindemuth

Administrative Assistant


Premier Academy utilizes computer-based programs to function as our primary instructional tool.  All coursework is aligned to Illinois State Standards and the referring schools’ requirements for graduation.  Certified teacher and teacher aides provide one-on-one assistance, as well as life skills activities and additional academic enrichment in the form of direct instruction.


Kristi Meents

PE Instructor


Kris Janeczek



Marlisha Peten


Jackie Terry

Instructional Aide

Jennifer O'Connell



Dianna Pedraza

Instructional Aide


James Robinson



Peter Riccolo



Heather Holladay

Instructional Aide

Support Staff

Premier Academy supports its students by recognizing the dignity and self-worth of
each individual. Our focus is on helping students to appreciate their talents, as well as understand and breakthrough their limitations.

Comprehensive support services offered on-site may include the following:

  • Crisis Intervention and Case Management
  • Anger Management and Violence Prevention
  • Counseling Services
  • Micro Pantry/Food Donations
  • Study Skills and Consumer/Life Skills Courses
  • Workforce Skills Training/College Prep
  • Internship/Job Training Opportunities
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship Application Assistance
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Grief Support
  • Healthy Relationships/Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Children of Addicts/Alcoholics Groups
  • Drug/Vaping Prevention Education

Lauren Vitko

Academic Advisor & Public Relations Coordinator

Lauren graduated from Joliet Junior College in 2002 with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice. While at JJC she played volleyball, her team placing second at the NJCAA Nationals. She then transferred and graduated from Illinois State University in 2004 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, as well as completing an internship with the Grundy County juvenile probation department.

She first joined the Premier Staff in 2004 as an Instructional Aide at their Joliet facility, now known as Lincoln School. In 2005, Lauren joined the staff at Premier Academy in Morris (established in 2004) as a Student Support Specialist. She then served as the Employment and PR Coordinator within the agency from 2008-2017 and is currently serving as the Academic Advisor and Public Relations Coordinator.

Lauren resides in Gardner, and she has three children: Owen, Grace and Cecelia. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending her childrens’ various activities.

(815) 416-0377 x1110

Alaina Wallace

Crisis Intervention and Case Management

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