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On May 4, the District 65 School Board approved Lauren Norwood as the next principal of Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies. Ms. Norwood will officially join the District 65 team on July 1, 2015.
As part of the selection process, a diverse group of teachers, educational support staff, parents, and administrators worked in collaboration to develop a leadership profile that identified the skills and attributes desired for the principal at Bessie Rhodes, said the District in a prepared statement. The information contained within the leadership profile was used to narrow down a pool of over 30 applicants.
Superintendent Paul Goren conducted extensive final interviews with the candidates that were considered to be the best potential fit for this important leadership role. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lauren Norwood as the next principal at Bessie Rhodes. While there were several very talented and qualified candidates, I selected Ms. Norwood for her experience serving as a leader in K-12 schools and her enthusiasm for learning,” said Dr. Goren. “Her desire to honor the voice of teachers and staff in the operation of a school and her commitment to serving all children was apparent throughout the interview process.”
For the past five years, Ms. Norwood has served as a building principal in the Chicago Public Schools coupled with service as a coach and mentor for teachers, administrators, and staff and as a school-based reading facilitator.
Ms. Norwood is a former middle school reading teacher and librarian. Prior to that, she served for five years as a 3rd grade teacher. She also has experience as a curriculum coordinator and a school-based parent coordinator.
Ms. Norwood has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University and two master’s degrees – one in educational administration from Governors State University and the other in reading from Concordia University.
“I hope that everyone will join me in welcoming Ms. Norwood to District 65 and to the Bessie Rhodes school community,” said Dr. Goren. “With the leadership of two outstanding educators, Principal Norwood and Assistant Principal Donna Sokolowski, I know that the students and staff are in great hands. Over the next several weeks, we will take the opportunity to introduce Ms. Norwood to the school community to ensure a proper transition.”