Mrs. Karen Clay, Principal

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Mrs. Karen Clay, Principal

Greeting Illinois Family,

Welcome to the Illinois School!  I’m Mrs. Karen Clay and I am honored to be your new principal.  Last school year, I served as one of the assistant principals of O. W. Huth Middle School.  It was there that I learned so much about this wonderful school district.  

I love coaching teachers and working with students to ensure that they are reaching their full potential.  I am very passionate about improving strategies to teaching and learning so that it meets current standards and expectations.  I truly believe that all children can learn and become leaders and I will do everything possible to ensure that our students accomplish these goals.  With the cooperation of parents, students and teachers, students can thrive and excel because, "Excellence is the Expectation, for Every Child, Every Day."

I will bring a wealth of knowledge to Matteson School District 162 from my twenty years of experience from Chicago Public Schools.  The majority of my educational experience has been spent as an instructional leader, with an area of expertise in literacy.  I served as an area reading coach, literacy coordinator for the district, reading specialist, classroom teacher and administrator for the last seven years.    

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2018 - 2019 school year!  I look forward to partnering with you through our child's educational journey.  Let's work together and have a wonderful school year!  Go Wolves!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Karen Clay

 

Dr. Carl Cogar, Consulting Principal

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Dr. Carl Cogar, Consulting Principal

Greeting Illinois Family,

Welcome to the Illinois School!  I’m Dr. Carl C. Cogar, Consulting Principal of the Illinois School.  This is my seventh year here at Illinois School and it is with great pleasure that I will continue to provide supportive leadership to the Home of the Wolves! This is my twelth year as an administrator in Matteson Elementary School District #162. 

I believe the quality education of our children is vital to achieving their full potential.  This is best accomplished with the assistance of parents and the surrounding community.  I encourage parents and community members to be active participants in the education of our students.  There are many ways to participate in the education of our students.  The easiest way, however, is to maintain effective lines of communication.  We welcome volunteers throughout the school year, and please dont hesitate to contact us about your child.

 I will work diligently to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for the students of Illinois School.    

As always, don't forget to volunteer at YOUR Illinois School.  Go Wolves!

Sincerely,

Dr.Carl C. Cogar

 

Ms. Gail Hartsough, Assistant Principal

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Ms. Gail Hartsough, Assistant Principal

Greeting Illinois Family,

We welcome all our parents into the Illinois School family!  It is important to us that we work together to ensure the best education and the most enriching school experience for EVERY Ilinois School student! 

Please work with the teacher to keep the lines of communication open and positive and don't hesitate to contact me at any time to set up a meeting, share a question or concern, or advise us on better strategies to help your child have a positive learning experience to reach their success.  Volunteering, in some capacity, communicates to our children how important their education is to all... and they will LOVE it!  

I am looking forward to a wonderful school year and seeing all the smiling faces return to our Home of the Wolves!

Sincerely,

Ms.Gail Hartsough