New Chippewa Middle principal named in Des Plaines
The assistant principal of Chippewa Middle School in Des Plaines has been promoted to principal.
Juliana Vissering got the nod for the position from the Des Plaines School District 62 board of education at its meeting Monday. She starts in the new role next week.
Vissering replaces Kermit Blakely, who left this summer to be principal at Proviso West High School in Hillside.
"I am so excited to lead Chippewa Middle School this school year," Vissering said in a news release. "I extended my sincere gratitude to Dr. Hertel, members of the interview committee and the board of education for giving me this opportunity."
Vissering has been the assistant principal at Chippewa for four years. She previously worked in Evanston School District 65 and the Chicago Public Schools, and she taught overseas in Mali, Africa.
Vissering's work earned praise from Superintendent Paul E. Hertel.
"Mrs. Vissering is a thoughtful educator who understands the roles we play in the lives of children," he said in the news release. "She genuinely cares for children, and is eager to support families through a variety of ways."
Vissering's salary will increase from about $100,358 annually to $130,000, officials said.