Indian Prairie official named director of AU STEM school

Courtesy of Illinois Prairie School District 204.

AURORA — An administrator who helped oversee curriculum at Indian Prairie School District 204 has been named the first director of a partnership school focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics that’s scheduled to open at Aurora University in August.

Allison Sherman, who has worked for Indian Prairie for the last five years, began her new position on March 3.

“I am truly honored to lead the partnership school in its inaugural year and to witness firsthand the profound impact that innovative STEM learning will have on our students,” Sherman said Thursday in a news release.

According to the most recent school budget, Sherman will be paid $125,000 a year by Aurora University.

As director, Sherman’s responsibilities are similar to those of a building principal. She will lead teachers and students at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, overseeing curriculum for the 150 third- to eighth-grade students at the school.

Fifty students each will be selected from West Aurora, East Aurora and Indian Prairie school districts.

Over the next three weeks, Sherman is hosting three information and question-and-answer sessions for parents who are interested in sending their students to the partnership school.

At Indian Prairie, Sherman helped develop and implement curriculum for kindergarten to eighth grade and planned trainings for teachers and administrators.

She formerly served as a curriculum coordinator in California and has taught math and science at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development and at Glencoe District 35.

In a news release, Aurora University President Rebecca Sherrick said Sherman’s credentials quickly made her “the first choice of all who participated in this important search.”

Sherman holds a master’s degree in policy, organization and leadership studies from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan.