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District 203 hires new administrators

NAPERVILLE — Five administrative appointments were approved by the Naperville District 203 School Board on Monday. The appointments are effective for the 2014-15 school year.

Christine Igoe was appointed assistant superintendent for student services. She currently serves as director of learning at Community Consolidated School District 181 where she provides pupil services in the areas of special education, English Language Learners and health services, among others.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and families of District 203 on its continued journey to excellence for all learners,” she said.

Igoe has extensive experience as an administrator. Prior to joining District 181 in Hinsdale, she was an assistant principal student services in Indian Prairie School District 204, a special education administrator and literacy coach in Plainfield School District 202 and an assistant principal, technical assistance coordinator at the Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization (NSSEO).

She has both bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University, and is working toward a doctorate in education leadership from Aurora University. She succeeds Kate Foley.

Lisa Xagas was appointed director of student services (formerly the Pupil Services Department). She is currently dean at Naperville Central High School.

Prior to that, she served as an assistant director for pupil services for the district. She began her career in District 203 as a learning behavior specialist in 2004.

She has a bachelor’s in special education from Southern Illinois University, a master’s in school leadership from Concordia and has general administrative and director of special education endorsements. She succeeds Nancy Lullo, who is retiring.

Elizabeth Kanne was appointed assistant principal at Meadow Glens Elementary School. Currently, a special education teacher at Meadow Glens, Kanne has been a leader in instructional coaching, professional development, building-level strategic planning and data driven instruction. She joined Meadow Glens in 2012. Prior to that, Kanne served as a special education teacher at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton and in Town and Country, Mo.

She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan, a master’s in social and emotional disorders and a certificate of graduate study in special education administration, both from Northern Illinois University. She succeeds Kristin Cummings, who was appointed assistant principal at Ranch View and Highlands.

Christine Trendel was appointed assistant principal at Mill Street School. Currently, she is assistant principal in Arlington Heights School District 25, where she has also served as teaching and learning facilitator, co-principal of summer school and in curriculum development.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University and an administrative Type 75 certificate from Roosevelt University. She succeeds Mark Pasztor, who served as interim assistant principal.

Michele Chapman-Simmons was appointed assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Naperville North High School. Previously, she served as math/science division chair at Lyons Township High School and science department chair at Glenbard North High School.

She has vast experience in supervision, new course development and analysis of data to improve student learning practices. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Albion College and a master’s of science in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.

Other changes in assistant principals for the 2014-15 school year, all of which are internal, include:

Sarah Cain, was appointed assistant principal at Prairie Elementary School. Previously, she served at Maplebrook and Scott schools

Brian Zallis, previously assistant principal at Jefferson Junior High, will serve as assistant principal at Maplebrook and Scott schools.

Kristin Cummings, previously at Meadow Glens and Ranch View, will serve as assistant principal at Ranch View and Highlands Elementary schools.

“These are all strong candidates who will help lead us toward meeting the needs of all of our learners and continuous improvement in our schools,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges.

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