Phone: (847) 731-9803


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Bonnie Felske - Principal

Dear New Tech Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East. I bring 26 years of dedicated service to students in Zion and I am eager to continue serving in this leadership role. In 1995, I began my career teaching 7th and 8th grade social studies in this community. I have served District 126 since 2010 as a Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at New Tech High. I earned my bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Lake Forest College and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and School Leadership credentials from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.

I am thrilled to have students return to our classrooms to engage in exciting learning opportunities and participate in various student-centered activities. As we return to in-person instruction, we will continue to implement protocols as necessary to ensure that safety and well-being remain the priority for our students and staff. This year we will commit to excellence in all that we do. We will provide exceptional instruction and enrichment opportunities that will prepare our students to graduate college, career, and life ready. As we get ready for the return of our students and staff, there will be an intentional focus on their emotional well-being. As the new principal, I plan to examine the current programs and practices at New Tech and work with all stakeholders to improve or create new learning opportunities to ensure our students are future-ready!

It is my belief that the education of our children is best accomplished through strong partnerships with parents and the surrounding community. I encourage our parents and guardians to become active participants in the education of our students by getting involved in school activities and keeping in contact with teachers and school staff. I recommend staying connected to the school by having an updated phone number and email address in Skyward so we can keep open communication, and you can visit our website and social media platforms regularly for news and updates.

I am honored to serve as principal of New Tech High @ Zion-Benton East and excited about all the possibilities this new school year has to offer. I look forward to working collectively as a family to ensure our students thrive in our global society and graduate college, career, and life ready. If you have questions or concerns, or would simply like to connect, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

This is going to BEE a great year!

In partnership,

Bonnie Felske


Phone: (847) 731-9800


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jay McKnight - Asst. Principal

Mr. McKnight has served the students and families of District 126 in various roles since 2008.  He served as a Dean of Students and as a teacher in the Social Science Department, where he taught Sociology and United States History.

Mr. McKnight grew up in Zion, and after graduating from Zion-Benton, he enlisted in the United Marine Corps where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton California.  Mr. McKnight attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he received a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and his teaching certification.  He then completed his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at American College of Education.