New Proviso East Assistant Principal Aims for Building Success at School
December 3, 2015 01:35 PM
Mr. Fred Aguirre said that he has three principles for success: be there, behave, and perform.
"It sounds easy, but it calls for a lot of accountability," he said. "If you do them, you’re a better individual."
Mr. Aguirre said that he wants to see those principles implemented at Proviso East High School as the school’s new assistant principal for student supports. Having started in early November, he comes to Proviso East from Marine Leadership Academy in Chicago, where he most recently was principal. He also has been an assistant principal at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Blue Island and at Richards Career Academy in Chicago. He started his career as a history teacher at Farragut High School in Chicago.
He said that being able to work at Proviso East was something for which he had strived.
"I wanted to enter Proviso for a long time," he said. "There are a lot of opportunities here. I have a track record of making those schools succeed."
Mr. Aguirre said that he has four main goals that he would like to achieve while at Proviso East. He wants to help raise academic expectations statistically, create a long-time culture of pride and success, improve student attendance, and build a school-wide program for social and emotional support.
"There’s building pride, building character," he said. "Those are all the parts that will lead to the academic success and the statistical gains."
Mr. Aguirre added that his experience in demographically-diverse schools, including his own experience as a student at Benito Juarez High School in Chicago, will be beneficial for him as he works with students at Proviso East.
"It’s embracing the variety of cultures," he said. "In terms of student achievement, it’s about eliminating the noise, the distractions."
Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that Proviso East was fortunate to land an experienced administrator such as Mr. Aguirre so late in the school year.
"He’s not an inexperienced administrator," Dr. Hardy said. "He has already dove into some school climate and culture issues. The energy that he brings is impressive. I’m excited about having him on board."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the hiring of Mr. Aguirre makes a strong team even stronger.
"Great leaders are needed for great things to happen," she said. "I am excited about the opportunity that we have to continue the growth that we have had in our district."