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National Principals' Month

Oct 04, 2023

October is recognized as National Principals' Month, a time to emphasize the important role of our School Principals.  Principal Appreciation Week is October 15-21, 2023 and Principal Appreciation Day is on Friday, October 20, 2023.

Dr. Jason Leahy, Executive Director of the Illinois Principal Association, said, "This year, we celebrate and encourage our state's school leaders as they lead forward.  To do so, these courageous individuals lead their learning organizations with optimism, humility, vision, perseverance, and a deep commitment to do what is best for their students.  Both research and common sense tell us how critical these servants are to positively influence young people, teachers, and communities.  For this, they deserve our respect and gratitude."

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. Leahy!  I will add that I feel we have the best Principals in the entire state working in Joliet Public Schools District 86!  We are blessed to have such dedicated Principals leading our schools.  I am proud to work with them every day to reach their highest potential both personally and professionally.

Our Principals are the BEST!!

Culbertson Elementary School Principal, Larry Tucker

Cunningham Elementary School Principal, Luis Gonzalez

Eisenhower Academy Principal, Nicole Bottigliero

Farragut Elementary School Principal, Joy Hopkins

Forest Park IE School Principal, Jacob Darley

Jefferson Elementary School Principal, Consuelo Ramirez

Keith Elementary School Principal, Laticha Walton

Marshall Elementary School Principal, Dr. Emilia Herrera

Marycrest Early Childhood Center Principal, Melissa Crosby

Pershing Elementary School Principal, Carrie Busse

Sanchez Elementary School Principal, Amy Mucha

Sandburg Elementary School Principal, Dr. Shawn Olson

Singleton Elementary School Principal, James Kikos

Taft Elementary School Principal, Doriane Henderson

Thigpen Elementary School Principal, Dr. Teresa Woodard

Thompson Instructional Center Principal, Jennifer Braun

Woodland Elementary School Principal, Ben Meinert

Dirksen Junior High School Principal, Rolland Jasper

Gompers Junior High School Principal, Rita Sparks

Hufford Junior High School Principal, Kyle Sartain

Washington Junior High School Principal, Shavon Pittman

Thank you for taking some time to celebrate our amazing School Principals all this month!

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