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New Principal of Currier School

West Chicago Elementary School District 33’s Board of Education announced last night at the regularly scheduled board meeting that it has selected Kellie Barros as the next principal of Currier Elementary School. Ms. Barros will be replacing Mr. Mark Truckenbrod, who will be retiring at the end of the 21/22 school year.  

Kellie Barros is excited to transition into a new leadership role. For the past five years, she has served the Currier Elementary School community as their Assistant Principal and prior to that, she was a classroom teacher in West Chicago for four years.  Kellie holds an M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, with ESL & Bilingual endorsements from National Louis University. Kellie’s Bachelor’s degree is from Dominican University, where she graduated in Education and Psychology. Kellie’s 15-year educational career includes teaching in K-8 bilingual & ESL programs, serving as a K-5 Instructional Coach, and currently in her role as Assistant Principal for Currier Elementary.  Her passions include empowering others to lead and helping students, families, and staff make connections to their school community through shared leadership. She is active in partnering with families, conducting home visits, and problem-solving the barriers that negatively impact attendance thus helping to decrease student chronic absenteeism. In addition to serving in Aurora University’s mock interviews of teacher candidates, Kellie serves as an administrative mentor to aspiring building administrators. Kellie has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive professional development plan to provide a high level of support and development to the Currier Para Educator Team and she has been instrumental in encouraging & supporting paraeducators to become certified teachers.  Kellie leads by example in fostering the belief that effective collaboration & shared leadership are the keys to maintaining a strong and vibrant learning community where both staff and students are comfortable taking risks and embracing change.  She looks forward to continuing this shared leadership model to help the Currier community empower students to show excellent growth both academically and socially-emotionally.