The District 65 School Board approved three new principals for Orrington, Bessie Rhodes, and Willard schools and a Director of Special Services at its April 5 meeting, with appointments effective on July1.
Renaud Beaudoin will be principal of Orrington School. He previously served as principal of Walter L. Newberry Mathematics and Science Academy since September 1995. Before that he served as an assistant principal and teacher with Chicago Public Schools from 1973 through 1995. He has a master’s of arts in history from Chicago State University.
Adrian Harries Jr. will be principal of Bessie Rhodes Magnet School, replacing Jason Ewing, who served as interim principal this school year. Mr. Harris has served as the principal at an elementary school and an assistant principal at a junior high school, both in Joliet, for about five years. He taught social studies in the Waukegan Public Schools from 1999 through 2005. He received a master’s of education in educational leadership from National-Louis University.
Jerry Michel will be principal of Willard School, replacing Shelley Care, who is resigning. Mr. Michel has served as the assistant principal at a middle cchool in Lincolnwood since August 2007. He began his teaching career as an intermediate grade teacher for Skokie School District 68, where he worked from 1997 though 2005. He received a master of arts in elementary education from the University of South Florida.
Margie Lenoir-Davis, who has been serving as the Interim Director of Special Services, will be the permanent Director of Special Services. She has previously served as the Assistant Director of Special Services and Early Childhood Learning. Before that, she served as a Special Services Supervisor, as an R.E.I./Inclusion Facilitator, and a cross-categorical teacher. She has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Western Michigan University.