New DHS Principal
The Township High School District 113 Board of Education is pleased to name Kathryn Anderson as principal of Deerfield High School effective July 1, 2016. Ms. Anderson will replace Dr. Christopher Dignam, who assumes the role of Superintendent of Schools for District 113 on June 17, 2016. The Board approved a three-year contract for Ms. Anderson at a special meeting June 6.
Ms. Anderson has served since September 2015 as principal of Lane Tech College Prep, a public four-year selective enrollment magnet school in Chicago. Prior to her tenure as principal, she served Lane Tech as Assistant Principal for three years, as Academic Center Coordinator for one year, and as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Biology and Genetics teacher for four years.
“We were incredibly impressed with Ms. Anderson’s outstanding background in curriculum and instruction, as well as her collaborative, student-centered approach towards leadership in a high-performing high school,” said School Board President Annette Lidawer. “We are confident that Ms. Anderson is the right leader to continue and further Deerfield High School’s tradition of providing a well-rounded, rigorous educational experience in a supportive environment where all students are expected and encouraged to achieve at high levels, and we are excited to welcome Ms. Anderson to District 113.”
During Ms. Anderson’s time at Lane Tech, she led a collaborative team of students, staff, parents and community members to develop, implement and update the school’s Strategic Plan with a current focus on multi-tiered systems of support, assessment and grading, professional learning, and social emotional learning to ensure all students receive ongoing support and guidance. Ms. Anderson led teachers in continuing the development and implementation of 21st century STEAM curricula, as well as a variety of world language options, visual and performing arts courses, humanities electives, college counseling services, and integrated special education programs to support all students and prepare learners for college and beyond. Ms. Anderson led the development of a mentoring program for seventh and eighth grade students, counseling and mentoring program for off-track students, a restorative justice discipline program, and student/parent programs for social media safety, drug and alcohol awareness, and bullying prevention. Ms. Anderson also led efforts to improve budgeting processes and fundraising efforts to serve as a model school in Chicago Public Schools.
“I am incredibly impressed with District 113’s values and commitment to providing educational opportunities that are innovative, creative, and supportive of all learners,” Ms. Anderson said. “I look forward to building strong relationships with Deerfield High School’s students, parents, staff and community to build on Deerfield’s tradition of excellence based on a shared vision for excellence and growth, and to serving as a leader in a district and school that wholeheartedly embraces 21st century teaching and learning.”
Ms. Anderson holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Education from DePaul University, a Master of Education in Education Leadership from American College of Education, and a Bachelor of Biological Sciences with a Spanish minor from Purdue University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of School Leadership, with completion anticipated in May 2018. Ms. Anderson also serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University, where she facilitates Supervision and Improvement of Instruction graduate coursework for the Illinois principal preparation program, and as an Illinois Gifted Education Seminar Trainer. In addition, Ms. Anderson serves on the District-wide Gifted Administrative Council Committee for Chicago Public Schools.
Ms. Anderson was selected as principal of Deerfield High School following a robust search and interview process, which began with initial screenings by search firm Ray and Associates. The top six candidates were interviewed by Dr. Dignam and John Sprangers, Interim Director of Human Resources, and the three finalists were interviewed by a 19-member stakeholder interview team representing various constituent groups. Each candidate was ranked by committee members relative to eight competencies determined by stakeholder survey to be most important to the Deerfield High School community.)