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Board Welcomes New Administration
Joseph Canna - Assistant Principal - Gary Elementary School

Joseph received his undergraduate degree in English at North Central College. Joseph also has two Master’s degrees; one in Special Education and the other master’s degree is in Administration from Saint Xavier University and American College of Education, respectively. Joseph has enjoyed working as an educator for 14 years. Ten of those years, he spent as a special education leader in Chicago Public Schools. Joseph has experience in administration, discipline, special education, professional staff development, technology, and student mentoring. It is Joseph’s belief that a leader sets the example for his staff, and he hopes to set a standard that both, inspires and motivates staff in West Chicago. Mr. Canna will be replacing Ms. Irene Villa who has accepted a job as principal in another district. 

 

Jennifer Tapia – Director of Teaching and Learning 

Jennifer Tapia received her master’s in educational administration from Northern Illinois University, a master’s in Literacy Education from Northern Illinois University, along with an endorsement in English as a Second Language, with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Throughout her career she has served in many capacities including: an elementary school teacher; a literacy coach; a bilingual facilitator in elementary, middle and high school;  and as a coordinator for professional development in which she provided support and curriculum development in the areas of literacy and bilingual education, and professional development and support in all content areas to staff at all grade levels from pre –K to high school.

 

For the past three years, she has served as the Principal of Indian Knoll Elementary School.  She has worked closely with the students, staff and community at Indian Knoll to create a safe environment where all learners can be nurtured, supported, and inspired to achieve their full potential.  Jennifer was recently awarded for being an Administrative Spotlight Leader for the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.  She is also a member of the Illinois Principals Association, was highlighted in an article from Second Step titled Shared Vision of Success for Students in D33, a previous Golden Apple Nominee, and an endorser of Dr. Nancy Boyles book, Closer Reading.

 

Monica Shakelford, Dean, Leman Middle School

Monica Shackelford is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.A. Journalism), National-Louis University (M.S. Counseling) and Aurora University (M.A. Educational Leadership).  She began her professional career as a police officer with the City of Wood Dale and also served as a  school resource officer during her 9-year career in law enforcement.  After completing her first master’s degree, she served as both a classroom teacher (Criminal Justice) and counselor at the Technology Center of DuPage (TCD).  Mrs. Shackelford is excited to transition to the role of middle school dean.  Ms. Shakelford will join Mr. Diaz and Mr. Serpas who are currently deans at Leman Middle School.  The Board of Education approved the addition of a third dean for Leman Middle School beginning in the 2019/2020 school year.