Clarice Berry will be stepping down from her position as president of the Chicago Principals & Administrators Association at the end of June. Berry has been in that role for more than a decade. The association will hold an election in May for her successor.

Clifton Williams has joined the nonprofit Changing Worlds as executive director. Williams has 15-plus years of senior management experience in a variety of fields, including arts education and nonprofits. He will replace longtime director Mark Rodriguez, who stepped down last fall.

Matt Lyons
Matt Lyons

In January, the School Board approved hiring Matt Lyons as chief talent officer – he’d previously held that position in an interim role – with a salary of $190,000. Previously, Lyons was chief operating officer of the Chicago Public Education Fund. The Fund is conducting a search for his successor there.

The Board also approved Diego Ferney Giraldo as early childhood education officer. He previously served as principal of Inter-American Magnet School. Giraldo will replace Elizabeth Mascitti-Miller, who left the district last year, and will receive a salary of $150,000.

In addition, two interim principals obtained contracts at their schools: Sergio Ramirez at George Washington Elementary and Ursula Hoskins at Beidler Elementary.

Since December, 14 principals have been retained as contract principals. They are: Lisa Epstein at Lee Elementary; Kiltae Kim at Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy; Jason Nault at North-Grand High School; Anamaria Obre-Lugo at Hammond Elementary; John O’Connell at Sheridan Math and Science Academy; Barbara Oken at Farnsworth Elementary; Gladys Rivera at Lowell Elementary; Erin Roche at Prescott Elementary; Pamela Brunson-Allen at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy of Social Justice; Susan Daly-Rodriguez at Shields Elementary; Carolyn Jones at Bass Elementary; Manda Lukic at Beard Elementary; Juan Ocon at Juarez Community Academy; and Gerardo Trujillo at Pasteur Elementary.

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