We did a little Q&A session with the district's three new principals. Here, Mrs. Hall shares some information about herself, and some thoughts about the new school year. Thanks, Mrs. Hall - we're looking forward to a great year!
Tell us about your education and career.
I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and master’s degrees in mathematics and educational leadership, all from Northern Illinois University. This will be my 21st year in education and I have spent my entire career in District 200. I taught Mathematics at Woodstock High School for 15 years and have been the Assistant Principal here at Northwood for the past 5 years.
What’s your philosophy of a principal’s role in education?
I believe that a principal should consistently put the students in their school at the forefront oftheir actions and decisions. I also believe that building a strong relationship with the entire school community (students, teachers, staff and families) is crucial and really is the key to our students’ success. As a principal I hope to work with the entire school community to ensure that our students have a safe, engaging, and kind environment to learn and grow.
What excites you about working in District 200?
I feel very blessed to have spent my entire career in D200. Throughout my time here, I have had the opportunity to work with amazing students, parents, teachers, support staff, the list goes on and on. I have always felt that there is a family feel to D200 where people are supportive, they look out for each other, and truly want what is best for students. There also is an innovative nature to the different programs, resources and opportunities that we provide for our students that I hope will empower them to believe they can do anything with hard work and perseverance.
What should parents expect from you and your staff?
Parents should expect that when they send their student to Northwood each day they willbe cared for, supported and challenged. I want them to know that we will strive to help their student reach their goals academically and that we will support their growth socially and emotionally as well. Middle School is filled with milestones and parents should expect that we are here to help motivate them and help them navigate this pivotal time in their school career.
What should Northwood students expect in 2018-2019?
Last spring our incoming 7th and 8th graders voted to select the theme for this school year.
This year our theme at Northwood is based on an inspirational quote from Walt Disney, “It’s Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible.” We hope that this upcoming school year provides opportunities for our students to try new things and challenge themselves.