There are new assistant principals at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, but both are familiar faces in Proviso Township High Schools District 209.
Ms. Elizabeth Walker is the new assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East, while Ms. Latoya McIntosh is the new assistant principal for student supports for Proviso West. Both bring years of classroom experience and a familiarity with District 209.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the new administrators make a strong team even stronger.
"Great leaders are needed for great things to happen," she said. "I believe that we have strong leaders in place to take our schools to new heights. I am excited with the opportunity that we have to continue the growth that we have had in our district."
Ms. Walker continues working at Proviso East where she has served for the last nine years. A Chicago native, she has been an English teacher and in recent years, has served as Proviso East’s school improvement coordinator and as the English 3 team leader. She said that she looks forward to continue supporting the teaching staff at Proviso East on a larger scale.
"I like the idea that I can serve as an example of what hard work can do," Ms. Walker said. "I can be an example of what can happen if you work hard. My goal is to help keep Proviso Rising."
Taking the assistant principal job at Proviso West is a homecoming of sorts for Ms. McIntosh. A Maywood native and Proviso East graduate, she also taught from 2009 to 2011 at Proviso East, where she also completed her student teaching. In addition, she has been an instructor at Triton College and at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. Most recently, she has been a literacy interventionist at East Aurora High School and an assistant principal at West Middle School.
"I’ve been trying to come back here for years," Ms. McIntosh said. "This is my neighborhood, and I still care about it. I want my students to be the people that others in society look up to."