Olson Elementary School is under new leadership this fall, and Principal Stephanie Watson is excited about her opportunity to work with the Mustangs staff, students and families.
Mrs. Watson earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University in 2005 where she also obtained a master’s degree in educational administration. She was most recently an assistant principal with Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine and also spent 12 years as a teacher and enrichment coach in Schaumburg School District 54.
“Stephanie comes to us with broad experience from her role as an assistant principal in Palatine,” said Mike Moan, superintendent of Woodstock Community Unit School District 200. “She's energetic, relationship focused, and is already working hard to bring great ideas to support the students, families, and staff at Olson.”
Mrs. Watson has met with many Olson and District 200 staff members including former principal Diana Frisbie who retired this summer. She’s also spoken with dozens of families to discuss the COVID-19 plans for the upcoming school year.
“The big thing that drew me to Woodstock was that community feel. You get that from families, from staff. It’s a great community, and you feel that right away,” Mrs. Watson said.
Another draw for Mrs. Watson is the success of District 200’s dual language program, which she said is known across the state.
Mrs. Watson, who is also the mother of four young children, said last spring provided her valuable insight both as an educator and parent to navigate virtual learning components that will remain significant during the 2020-2021 school year for just over 400 Olson students.
“As an educator, I’m very student centered. I believe all kids can learn in their own unique way,” she said.
Mrs. Watson said she’s also excited about working with Olson teachers and the rest of the staff. “A big part of my job is to support them and do whatever I can to help them be the best they can be.”
The District 200 Board of Education approved Watson’s contract on March 10. Her contract began on July 1 with a salary for the 2020-2021 school year of $95,500.