A New Principal For Ravenswood, A New Job For Roche

After a controversial decision not to renew Erin Roche, the lame duck LSC at Ravenswood has selected a new principal for the school. Meanwhile, Roche has found another job:

From Ravenswood: "After many hours of interviews and public

forums, the Local School Council at Ravenswood Elementary School has

chosen Heather D. Connolly as the school’s next principal.


am incredibly excited to be able to continue the vision that has been

started at Ravenswood and will do everything in my power to keep a continuous

eye on improvement,” Ms. Connolly said. “I am looking forward

to building relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community

members and can't wait for the new year to begin.”

Ms. Connolly most recently has been evaluating

literacy coaches for Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Literacy. Previously

she was an assistant principal at Scott Elementary School, Mannheim

District 83 in Franklin Park , where she was responsible for the day-to-day

operations of the school and staff development.

She has taught fifth and eighth grades

as well as being a reading specialist. Her credentials include a master of education

degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University and

a master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University

in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Ms. Connolly succeeds Principal Erin

Roche, who has been chosen to lead Prescott Elementary School.

Ravenswood School is a Chicago Public

School at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Paulina Street in the north

side Ravenswood neighborhood. It is an elementary school, educating

approximately 450 students in Pre-K through eighth grade. Ranked

among the top 15% of all Chicago Public Schools, Ravenswood is a model

urban school with award-winning teachers, including a Golden Apple Award

winner and an Illinois Art Educator of the Year."

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