Mark Neidlinger, principal of Drummond Montessori in Bucktown, the first public Montessori school in Chicago, is leaving the school in October.  He is taking a principal position in a public Montessori school in western Michigan.

Here’s a roundup of principal contracts announced this summer: Chad Adams, Sullivan High, formerly assistant principal at Harper High; Lauren Albani, LaSalle ll, formerly principal at Lafayette;  Durrell Anderson, Richards High, formerly assistant principal at Harlan High; Teresa Chrobak-Prince, Hearst, formerly assistant principal at Byrne; Diedre Coleman, Holmes, formerly principal at Lawrence; Eric Dockery, Poe Classical, formerly principal at Dewey; Diego Giraldo, Inter-American, formerly a district administrator at North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, IL.

Also: Shaheena Khan-Barnett, Aldridge; formerly a director of curriculum and instruction at CPS; Macquline King, Courtenay, formerly principal at Dumas;  Julious Lawson, Pullman, formerly principal at Von Humboldt;  Hiliana Leon, Albany Park, formerly assistant principal at Albany Park; Noel McNally, Byrne, formerly assistant principal at Grimes; Kimberly Nelson, Gallistel, formerly assistant principal at Gallistel; Dawn Orlando, Kinzie, formerly acting principal at Stewart; LaShawn Ray, Palmer,  formerly a principal in Minneapolis; Antonio Ross, Hyde Park High, formerly the acting principal at Hyde Park; Chad Weiden, Edgebrook, formerly assistant principal at Blaine; Nancy Wiley, Hubbard High, formerly acting assistant principal at Hubbard. 

Interim principals who became contract principals at their schools: Carolyn Eggert, DeVry Advantage Academy; Paul Flaherty, Marshall Middle; Judith Gibbs, Avalon Park; Simone Griffin, Cook.

Alfred Tatum has been named interim dean of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tatum, an associate professor, is also the director of UIC’s reading clinic.  UIC Education Dean Victoria Chou retired in August. 

Lee Hart, the executive director of High Jump, has been named a 2013 Judith O’Connor Scholar by BoardSource, a national resource organization for non-profit boards.  As a scholar, Hart will participate in BoardSource’s annual leadership forum, which will be held in November.  The forum gives scholars opportunities to advance their leadership skills, learn about progressive practices in good governance and interact with nonprofit sector leaders from around the country. High Jump is a tuition-free academic enrichment program for middle school students with limited family resources.

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation, Anne-Marie St. Germaine of Resolute Consulting and Phil Thomas of eta Creative Arts Foundation are new board members at the Woods Fund of Chicago. 

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