District 58 names four administrators

Four new administrators will take their posts July 1 in Downers Grove Elementary District 58.

The school board this week approved appointments for Amy Read as Herrick Middle School principal, Zachary Craft as Highland School principal, Matthew Jewell as Fairmount School assistant principal/curriculum coordinator and Christine Priester as Highland School assistant principal/curriculum coordinator.

Read currently serves as principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook's Butler Elementary District 53, a role she has held since 2014. She previously served as principal of Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst Unit District 205, principal of Margaret Mead Junior High in Schaumburg District 54 and dean of students at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. She also has worked as a math teacher.

Read has a master's in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, a master's in teaching from Simmons College and a bachelor's in manufacturing engineering technology from Bradley University.

She was a 2019 finalist for the Golden Apple - Excellence in Leadership Award.

Craft currently serves as assistant principal of Bristol Bay Elementary School in Yorkville Unit District 115. He previously taught fourth grade and served as an interventionist in Batavia District 101.

Craft has a master's in educational leadership from Aurora University and a bachelor's in elementary education from Northern Illinois University.

Jewell has worked for Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 for nearly 20 years as a curriculum coordinator. He also has been a fourth-grade teacher, gifted site administrator/instructor, curriculum leader, fifth-grade teacher and English learner teacher.

He has a certificate of advanced study degree in educational leadership and a master's in teaching from National Louis University. He also has a master's in intercultural studies from Wheaton College and a bachelor's in human relations from Judson University.

Priester has worked in Indian Springs District 109 for 10 years. She currently serves as a learning support services coordinator. Her previous roles include summer school assessment coach, kindergarten teacher and sixth-grade teacher.

She has a master's in administration from the University of St. Francis and a bachelor's in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Zachary Craft
Matt Jewell
Christine Priester
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