Highland Board Members

Front Row: Zach Lewis, Vice President, Aaron Schuster, President, Mike Sutton, Superintendent Back Row: Jeff Schaible, Lora Miles, Joe Mott, Steve Lanxon, Robert Miller

Board Member




Steve Lanxon




I am a retired high school assistant principal and athletic director after serving 30 years in Highland. I have a Master Degree in Educational Administration and have teaching areas in History and Physical Education. I came to Highland as a teacher at St. Paul High School and after the school closed was hired at Highland High School teaching several levels of History and coaching Football, Basketball, and Wrestling. I also served as the Social Studies Department Head and Class Sponsor. After 10 years of teaching I was hired as an administrator at HHS in charge of Student Activities, Vocational Education, and Special Events. I added Athletic Director duties in 2006 and served  until retirement in 2015.

I am married to Jan and have 3 grown sons who are all married.  I have 5 grandchildren in the Highland School District.

I look forward to serving the citizens of the Highland Community during these challenging times! 

Joe Mott 




Was raised in Springfield, Illinois and while serving 6 years in the Illinois National Guard, attended LLCC and University of Alabama specializing in Business Management and Aeronautics. Joe also served several tours of duty stateside and overseas. He moved to the wonderful community of Highland in 2005 and is married to Shannon Mott with 3 Children, all of whom attend Highland schools. He was appointed to the board in 2014 and then reelected in 2015. Joe enjoys spending time with his children, community charitable endeavors and yardwork.

Jeff Schaible




Was born and raised in northwest Illinois and moved to Highland in 2005. Married to Abbey Schaible and have 3 daughters, two of which are currently in the Highland School District. Being a member of the school board has always been something that I have wanted to do. My mother has been a board member back where I grew up for 28 years. My main focus is on student achievement and implementing policies that will ensure the success for all students, they are our future. If not working or running kids to different sporting events I enjoy golfing, hunting and spending quality time with the family. 

Zach Lewis, Vice President




A resident of the Highland community since 1982. Lewis attended Highland Community Schools, graduating from Highland High School in 1998. After High School Lewis attended McKendree College (now McKendree University) where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Lewis also attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, earning a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Engineering. Lewis has lived in the Grantfork and now Alhambra areas for the past 10 years and his two children have attended those Highland Center Schools. Lewis enjoys sports, traveling, boating, and attending his children's sporting activities. Mr. Lewis was elected to the board of education in 2017.

Robert Miller




Moved to Highland in 1999, shortly before retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of active duty military service. He possesses Masters Degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and Security Management. Mr. Miller brings a perspective to his position from having worked or traveled to all 50 states and 26 countries around the world. He received his Illinois Teaching certification from McKendree University in 2006 and currently teaches computer technology and robotics in another district. He has been happily married for over 30 years and both of his kids are successful products of Highland’s K-12 educational system. Mr. Miller is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was elected to the board of education in 2015.

Lora Miles




Aaron Schuster, President




I was born and raised in Highland where I graduated from Highland High School in 1997. I earned my bachelor’s degree from SIUC in automotive business management and am currently in pursuit of a master's degree in school administration. I have been fortunate enough to teach automotive technology for the past 15 years at both the high school and college level. I still enjoy automotive, from hot rods to the newest technology. I enjoy spending time with youth that have the same interests, and I am very much an advocate of teaching technical skills to our kids. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing of all types but am particularly fond of bass fishing and tournament fishing. I am married and have been blessed with two boys, with whom I spend the majority of my free time.