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On March 23, the District 65 School Board appointed Fred Hunter as principal of Lincolnwood Elementary School and Sarah Mendez as principal of Nichols Middle School. Each will take on these assignments as of July 1. 

Mr. Hunter has been serving as interim principal at Lincolnwood School this year. Before that he taught mathematics at Haven Middle School from December 2000 until August 2006, and served as assistant principal at Haven from August 2006 until June 2009. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University (December 2000), and a Master in Education from National-Louis University (June 2005). Mr. Hunter is a graduate of District 65 and Evanston Township High School. 

Superintendent Hardy Murphy said, “Mr. Hunter is a man of inscrutable character. He is an inspiration to the children in the school and gives parents confidence because they see him as someone who always puts the best interests of their children first.” 

Ms. Mendez will replace Gordon Hood who is retiring as principal of Nichols at the end of this school year. She has served as the District’s Bilingual/ESL Coordinator and Bilingual Teacher Leader since July 2007. Before that she served as assistant principal at Washington School for part of the 2006-07 school year, and was a bilingual teacher at Washington starting in August 2005. She also taught in the Chicago Public Schools from 2002 to 2005. Ms. Mendez received a a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University (June 2002) and a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University (December 2006). 

Dr. Murphy said that “Sarah will be missed as our bilingual education director. Under Sarah’s leadership, the bilingual education program in District 65 was strengthened, making it a model program for other districts across the state. Sarah’s energy and positive attitude are contagious. Her thoughtful and caring manner gained her the trust of the families and teachers she works with.”