Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. School Leadership - Concordia University B.S. Art Education- Illinois State University B.S. Graphic Design- Illinois State University
Mr. William Howard, Principal
My name is Bill Howard and I am now in my sixth year at Matteson School District 162, and thrilled to be the new Principal of the Indiana Wildcats for the 2019-2020 school year! I could not be more excited to be part of the team here at Indiana along with our Assistant Principal, Ms. Sanders and a fantastic staff of dedicated teachers!
Prior to my promotion to Principal of Indiana School I served as the Assistant Principal of Arcadia School for 2 years, and Matteson School for 3 years. Before joining Matteson SD162, I was a Dean of Students and Art Teacher at Lincoln-Way West High School. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, volunteering at the local animal shelter, and being outdoors.
The partnership between schools and home is essential. Please work with the teacher to keep the lines of communication open and positive. Do not hesitate to call me at any time to set up a meeting, share a concern or let us know how we can better help your child have a positive learning experience and reach success. Excellence is our Expectation at the Indiana and the key to making that a reality is our partnership with you. Together we will achieve great things in the upcoming school year!
At the Indiana we are FULL STEAM AHEAD! Please come see the exciting things taking place within our school.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction - Loyola University, Chicago M.A. Educational Leadership - DePaul University M.S. Education - Chicago State University B.A. Communications and Theater - University of Illinois, Chicago
Dr. Yolanda Sanders, Assistant Principal
My name is Yolanda Sanders, and I am honored to serve as the assistant principal at Indiana School. I began working as an educator in Chicago Public Schools in 1995. As a classroom teacher, I have taught third grade as well as fifth through eighth grades. My teaching endorsements include English Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science, among others. I have taught across a gamut of subjects in middle school including Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science. I have always taken pride in making sure all of my students feel that they are powerful thinkers and doers of math and science.
I have also served as a mentor to National Board Teacher Candidates in my certificate area of Middle Childhood Generalist. Later in my career, I began working for the Chicago Public Schools, Department of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as a STEM Specialist. With that role, my primary focus was instructional coaching for the integration of the STEM instructional approach across the curriculum. I was later asked to work in the Chicago Public Schools, Department of STEM as the districtwide STEM Initiatives Manager.
Recently, I defended my dissertation, Voices of African American Women in Computer Science: Implications for K-12 STEM Education and Beyond, at Loyola University Chicago. I was (and still am) troubled by the fact that fewer and fewer Black women were getting degrees in computer science. The technology sector is a vastly growing, and lucrative field. With this research I began with the end in mind by interviewing Black women who have successfully completed computer science degrees. I wanted to know what factors attributed to their success as a way to inform improvements needed to prepare more young people for this career option. My findings not only created powerful and moving stories about these magnificent women, but also showed significant implications for K-12 educators, institutions of higher learning, and policy makers as well.
My other degree areas include a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from DePaul University, a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Chicago State University, as well as a Bachelor of Art in Communication and Theater from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have a genuine love not only for STEM education but also for the fine and performing arts.
I am dedicated to making sure all students at the Indiana School are powerful STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) thinkers, and doers!