This year's High School Principal of the Year is moving higher into the administrative ranks. Lazaro Lopez, who has led Wheeling High School for six years, will become Northwest Suburban High School District 214's associate superintendent for teaching & learning as of July 1.
Under his guidance, Wheeling High School has become a STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) focused high school and nanotechnology has been added into its science curriculum.
"I am excited that I will have the opportunity to support all our schools in their vision to deliver a 21st century education to the students in our community," said Lopez in a news release.
"In this new role, I will focus on ensuring we continue to engage the next generation of students through relevance in the classroom. It is through both the use of technology and external partnerships in a variety of industries that students can begin to investigate their potential future from the moment they enter our doors."
Lopez, named High School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association, began his District 214 career as an English teacher and academic support coordinator in 1999. He was appointed assistant principal for curriculum at Harry D. Jacobs High School five years later where he worked until his return to District 214 in 2007.
He has a bachelor's degree in speech communication and English education from Illinois State University, a master's degree in educational leadership & organizational change from Roosevelt University, and a doctorate in leadership in curriculum and instruction from Aurora University.