Thornton Fractional South is comprised of the following administrators. This 5-member leadership team implements the District 215 curriculum and policies.

Ms. Lisa K. Bouler, Principal

Ms. Bouler began her career as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system 35 years ago. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Principal for Building Control at Thornton Fractional North High School for two years. She was also in charge of Building Control at Thornton Fractional Center for Academics and Technology, where she began her administrative career with the Freshman Academy, CTE, Virtual Success, and Infinite Success programs in 2008.  

Ms. Bouler’s journey in District 215 spans 31 years, starting at Thornton Fractional South as an English teacher. At T.F. South, Ms. Bouler was the Cultural Diversity Club sponsor, Cheerleader Coach, and Senior Class Sponsor. She was also the driving force behind the creation of the T.A.C.T. Committee (Tolerance, Acceptance, Community, and Togetherness), a committee of staff and student volunteers that organized efforts to build and maintain a positive school climate, showcasing her leadership and initiative.  She has also worked with at-risk students in the Truant's Alternative Options Education Program (T.A.O.E.P) and as a Career Specialist for the Jobs for Illinois Graduates program. 

Ms. Bouler graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Secondary Education English and received her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Governor's State University. She is an avid reader, die-hard Prince fan, and proud mother of two young adult children.

Ms. Paula Nardi, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction

Ms. Nardi joins the T.F. South administrative team as Assistant Principal for Instruction after having served the last several years in the role of Division Chair at Lyons Township, Department Supervisor at Bremen District 228 and Assistant Principal for Instruction at both Maine East and Rich East high schools.  Prior to becoming an administrator, Paula was a French teacher at Rich South High School.  Paula earned a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, as well as Master’s degrees from Governors State University in Educational Administration and Concordia University in Curriculum & Instruction and ESL.  Paula resides in Orland Park with her son, Joseph and their dog, Baby.

Ms. Cassandra Brackenridge, Assistant Principal of Building Control

Ms. Brackenridge joins the T.F. South administrative team as Assistant Principal of Building Control after serving as a Dean of Students for 2 years, and 3 years as a Special Education Teacher and Career to Work Training Teacher for Thornton Fractional District 215. In addition, Ms. Brackenridge has served as assistant softball coach and pep club sponsor in the district. Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. Brackenridge served as a Court Coordinator for the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and Cook County Department Corrections for 5 years, and for the Department of Children and Family Services for 17 years. Ms. Brackenridge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Chicago State University), and has also earned three Master’s degrees in Human Services and Counseling (Roosevelt University), Special Education (National Louis University), and Educational Administration (Concordia University). In addition to her responsibilities at T.F. South, she serves as one of the Directors for the Lansing Association for Community Events and is a Lansing resident. 

Mr. John O'Rourke, Assistant Principal for Pupil Personnel Services

John O’Rourke, an alum of T.F. South, began his educational career at the South Campus in 2001 after working for an international marketing firm in Chicago.  He taught various levels of the English curriculum in his 7 years in the classroom and has functioned as a Dean of Students for the past 10 years.  Over the past 17 years, Mr. O’Rourke has always been involved in the school community by serving on various school improvement committees, assisted in the development of curriculum, and disciplinary initiatives.  In addition, Mr. O’Rourke functioned as an assistant varsity baseball and basketball coach before serving as the varsity boys head basketball coach for 8 seasons.  Mr. O’Rourke was inducted as a member of the John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree from John Carroll University.  He also earned two Master’s degrees in English Literature and Educational Administration from Governors State University.

Mr. Marc Brewe, Athletic Director 


Marc Brewe is a Lansing native who graduated from T. F. South in 1994. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Secondary Education from Ball State University and his Master's degree in Educational Administration from Chicago State University. Prior to becoming the athletic director at T. F. South, he taught science at T. F. South for 11 years. While a teacher, Mr. Brewe coached football, basketball, and baseball, including a stint as the head boys' basketball coach for 7 years. Before that, he worked for District 218 as a science teacher and coach.  Mr. Brewe resides in Manhattan, with his wife Melissa, and two sons, Jackson and Alexander.