On Monday, October 1st, Chris McDermott, Lincoln Elementary School principal, announced her plans to retire at the end of the month, said District 65 in a prepared statement.  Faculty, staff, and school PTA executive board members met with district administration in meetings at the school to discuss her announcement.

Superintendent Murphy said, “Ms. McDermott has been an integral part of the Lincoln School family, and all of us will miss her.”

Dr. Murphy said a transition plan is in place. During the month of October, Concepción Calderón, the district’s bilingual curriculum coordinator, will begin to work part time at the school and serve as the interim principal beginning in November.  Ms. Calderón holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education, an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. of Science in Commerce and Marketing from DePaul University. She spent two years teaching at Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language in Chicago, eight years at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual Center in Chicago in various positions ranging from classroom teacher, bilingual lead teacher and lead teacher mentor, gifted coordinator, member of the local school council, and where she was assigned the duties and responsibilities of assistant principal during a transition period at the school.

Next spring a principal search committee of teachers, the union representative, parents, and administrators will interview qualified candidates including those from a national search to fill the position, said District 65 in a prepared statement.