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updated: 4/15/2013 7:47 PM

Glebard East assistant named principal at Glenbard South

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  • Sandra Coughlin

    Sandra Coughlin


An assistant principal at Glenbard East High School will be stepping up to the principal's post at Glenbard South.

Sandra Coughlin, currently assistant principal for instruction at Glenbard East, has been chosen for the principal role at South. She will replace Terri Hanrahan, who will become the school district's teaching and learning coordinator and Title I facilitator effective July 1.

Hanrahan also had served as assistant principal for instruction at Glenbard East before she became principal at Glenbard South.

A total of 49 candidates applied for the position at Glenbard East, including three internal candidates. Coughlin's appointment is the recommendation of Superintendent Dave Larson but is not official until confirmation by the Glenbard High School District 87 school board, scheduled to meet April 22.

Coughlin has been an assistant principal at Glenbard East since 2011. She previously served as the district's literacy and Title I coordinator from 2007 to 2011. She was a literacy instructional coach, reading specialist and family and consumer science teacher at Glenbard East from 1996 to 2007.

"Sandy has a reputation as an excellent leader. She has been successful in various positions in Glenbard and is very knowledgeable about our district," Larson said in a statement. "I am confident that Sandy's experience, exceptional leadership skills and passion will build upon the excellent foundation at South."

Coughlin will become the second new principal in the school district this year, following the appointment of Peter Monaghan to succeed Glenbard West Principal Jane Thorsen, who is retiring at the end of June.

Coughlin earned certification in administrative leadership from North Central College. She has a master's of education and bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University.

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