District welcomes new administrators
As Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 looks forward to welcoming back students this fall, six new administrators in new roles have been preparing themselves as leaders throughout the District.
Three new principals, two assistant principals and a new athletic director have started in their new positions including some promotions from within District 200 and new employees who are excited about joining their school communities.
Ryan Doyle has been named as the new principal of Creekside Middle School after serving as principal of Dean Street Elementary School for the past three years. Doyle, a Woodstock resident and parent, is a graduate of Eastern Illinois and Concordia universities
The former middle school math teacher in Crystal Lake District 47 was also an assistant principal in Round Lake before coming to District 200.
“Middle school is my passion. It’s a time in students' lives that we can be so impactful. I truly enjoy engaging with staff and families to ensure students build grit and are able to reach their full potential through a wide range of opportunities,” Doyle said.
“I can't wait to have students back in person and begin building those positive relationships which are such a huge part of the middle school experience,” he added.
Doyle will be joined at Creekside by new Assistant Principal Tyler Carslon, who was most recently dean of students at DeKalb High School. Carlson earned his bachelor’s degree at Augustana College and also earned a master’s degree at Concordia. Carlson aso taught English at Dundee-Crown High School.
“Throughout my time in education, I have consistently been driven by two core beliefs: All students can learn, and all students can be successful. It is my responsibility to work with students, families, and staff to ensure those beliefs become the expectation and outcome for each and every student, each and every day,” Carlson said.
Mariví Galera was selected as the Dean Street Elementary principal in Doyle’s place. Galera, originally from Spain, is also a Woodstock resident and parent. She has been the District’s bilingual instructional coach and curriculum specialist for secondary dual language education for the past seven years.
Galera earned her bachelor’s degree in Spain where she taught for 12 years and obtained her master’s degree while teaching at Olson Elementary School where her husband, Hugo Alcazar Pollan, now teaches band.
“As an educator, I believe that the school's mission is to make school enjoyable, exciting, and safe for the students by providing rich, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences,” Galera said.
Christi Sosin, who has 24 years of experience in education, has been chosen as the new principal of Mary Endres Elementary School. Sosin graduated from Northern Illinois University before eventually earning her master’s degree from Concordia University.
Sosin spent most of her career in Schaumburg District 54 as a literacy coach and most recently as an assistant principal for the past seven years.
“I’m very passionate about the idea that it takes a village to create the ideal school experience for children and that the home/school connection is instrumental in educating our students,” she said.
Suzanne Evenson is the new assistant principal at Verda Dierzen Early Learning Center this year. Evenson earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and later obtained master’s degrees at Aurora and National-Louis University.
Evenson has more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience in Crystal Lake District 47 and Cary District 26. She joins Principal Tricia Bogott this year and replaces Michelle Martin who retired in the spring.
“I like to be hands-on and can't wait to meet all the families of Verda Dierzen and be a part of the excellent staff,” Evenson said. “Educational Leadership has been a passion of mine since I first entered the world of education.”
Dave Rose was chosen as the new athletic director for Woodstock North High School. Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree from American College of Education. Rose had been teaching social studies at WNHS and coaching basketball.
Rose said he strongly believes that sports can have a positive educational impact on students and said he’s excited about continuing to develop the athletic tradition at Woodstock North.
“Woodstock North is a young school, but it already has an accomplished history. The support of Thunder families and community members has always been a strength since I started here, and it has played a big role in the success of WNHS athletics,” Rose said.