Community Consolidated School District 15 announced that Jason Dietz, principal at Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park, will serve as principal at Walter R. Sundling Junior High next year, and Lawrence Sasso, a principal in Lincolnwood School District 74, will serve as principal at Thomas Jefferson School. Both appointments are effective July 1.
Dietz has been the principal at Edgewood Middle School for the past two years. Before that, he served as associate principal at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights for three years, and as the assistant principal at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein for two years. He holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from National Louis University, and a master's degree in general administration from Northern Illinois University.
Sasso has been the principal at Lincoln Hall Middle School in Lincolnwood for the past seven years. Before that, he served for four years as the school's assistant principal, and for nine years as a school social worker at Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and two master's degrees -- one in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and one in school leadership from Northern Illinois University.
• Brianne Lingl of Schaumburg was recognized as an Indiana State University President's Scholar for 2011.
The President's Scholarship is Indiana State's most prestigious financial award. Recipients are chosen based on academic performance in high school, as well as personal accomplishments and interviews. Recipients are also heavily involved in student government, National Honor Society, sports and a variety of clubs and other organizations.
Lingl, daughter of Maureen Cairns and Michael Lingl, is a graduate of Schaumburg High School. She plans to major in pre-medicine with a goal of becoming a pediatric doctor or surgeon. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society, high school softball and the Schaumburg Sluggers travel softball team. She was a member of the Spanish Honors Society and received the Saxon Pride Award and an IHSA award for academic excellence.
• Deerfield-based United Relief Foundation has appointed Arlington Heights resident Steve Alma, 47, to its board of directors. Alma, a bricklayer by profession, will continue to serve as the renovation coordinator for United Relief Foundation Project Restoring Hope efforts.
Project Restoring Hope is a United Relief Foundation initiative supplying the essential, ongoing needs that aid homeless veteran's re-integration into society and providing the long-term, positive life-changing opportunities for veterans that comes from homeownership.
• The School District 62 board of education approved the promotion of Christine Trujillo, South Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, to English Language Learners (ELL) coordinator, effective July 1.
Trujillo began her career in education in 1999, as a special education instructional aide at East Maine School District 63. She continued her teaching career as a team teacher at Lutheran General Children's Day Care Center in Wilmette; a pre-K teacher/assistant director at Glenbrook Community Preschool in Northbrook; an upper grade science teacher at St. Genevieve School in Chicago; and as an ESL content support teacher at Wood Dale School District 7. She began teaching fifth grade at South Elementary School in 2007.
She holds an associate degree in early childhood education from Oakton Community College; a bachelor's degree in sociology from Northeastern Illinois University; and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and dual master's degrees in educational leadership from American College of Education.