Jason Ewing will assume the role of interim principal at Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School for the school year 2009-10. Patricia Mitchell, who has served as principal for more than ten years, has decided to retire on August 14.


Mr. Ewing taught at Kingsley Elementary School from 1996 until 2008. Most recently he served as the District 65 Instructional Technology Coordinator.


He is the only Midwest regional member of the ActivUser Council for Promethean Software and served on the Health World’s Advisory Council to develop new, age-appropriate programming for Illinois students. He also is one of the only Illinois teachers who was nominated and trained to provide professional development trainings for the National Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Department, focusing on safety and anti-bias curricula.


Mr. Ewing holds a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. He received a Masters in Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina – Asheville.


In announcing Mr. Ewing’s appointment, Superintendent Hardy Murphy said, “In the past year, Mr. Ewing has transformed the instructional technology in our District by planning, designing and facilitating programs and training to help our District move beyond the use of technology as a separate classroom tool to truly understanding its role in teaching our curriculum. He is responsive to parents and teachers and has a genuine care for teachers. I know that he will demonstrate the same creative passion and visionary leadership in his work as principal of Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School.”