Elmwood School Community Meets New Administrators for 2018-19

Elmwood School Community Meets New Administrators for 2018-19

PHOTO: Incoming Principal Mr. Matthew Lerner introduces himself to an Elmwood parent at the school's May 23 community event. Scroll down for more photos.


With the end of the current school year fast approaching, Elmwood Elementary School parents and students got a chance to meet their new leadership for 2018-19.

Incoming administrators Mr. Matthew Lerner and Ms. Stephanie Hagins held a "meet and greet" in the Elmwood cafeteria from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade was also on hand as community members enjoyed pizza and conversation with Elmwood's new leadership team. 

Beginning on July 1, Mr. Lerner will be the school's new principal, and Ms. Hagins will be the assistant principal. They will succeed Mr. Kevin Seibel and Ms. Kimberly Wright, respectively.


Matt Lerner and Stephanie Hagins meet with parents and students at Elmwood cafeteria.

PHOTO: Ms. Stephanie Hagins looks on as Mr. Matthew Lerner answers a question from an Elmwood parent during the May 23 community event introducing the school's incoming building administrators. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for a larger view).


Elmwood's Next Principal, Matthew Lerner


Mr. Lerner will arrive in District 401 from Rockford Public Schools, where he has spent the last six years as an elementary school principal. 

He has served as principal of R.K. Welsh Elementary School since August 2015. Before that, he led P.R. Walker Elementary School from July 2012 to June 2015.

A graduate of both Monmouth College (with a bachelor's degree) and National Louis University (with a master's), Mr. Lerner has been a professional educator since 2004, when he began teaching for Chicago Public Schools as a full-time substitute.

One year later he began teaching social studies at Roberto Clemente High School, where he remained until June 2007. He then moved to North Boone High School in Poplar Grove, where he also taught social studies.

Mr. Lerner made the transition to administration in September 2011, when he began a one-year stint as assistant principal of Ellis Arts Academy in Rockford.

Welcome to Elmwood School, Mr. Lerner, and good luck!

NOTE: We will publish a Q&A with Mr. Lerner later this summer.


Elmwood's new administrators meet with parents.

PHOTO: Ms. Stephanie Hagins, who will be Elmwood's assistant principal starting July 1, talks with an Elmwood parent as Mr. Matthew Lerner, the school's next principal, looks on. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click image for a larger view).


Elmwood's Next Assistant Principal, Stephanie Hagins


If Ms. Hagins seems like a familiar face, that's because she is! Elmwood's incoming assistant principal has been with the school as a special education teacher since October 2014.

But more than that, she's an Elmwood Park native who attended Elmwood Elementary herself. She was an Elmwood K-6 student from 1993 to 2000, back when the school still housed kindergarten classes.

A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University (with both a bachelor's and a master's degree), Concordia University (with a second master's) and National Louis University (with a director endorsement in special education), Ms. Hagins has been a professional educator since 2010.

She began her career as a special education teacher at K.S. Kellogg Elementary, a CPS school located in the North Beverly neighborhood of Chicago. 

After almost five years at Kellogg, she returned to Elmwood to become part of the school's special education team. Parents and students also know her as the coordinator of District 401's Spelling Bee.

Welcome to your new position at Elmwood School, Ms. Hagins, and good luck!

NOTE: We will publish a Q&A with Ms. Hagins later this summer.


More Photos from Elmwood's May 23 "Meet and Greet"


The following photos were taken at Elmwood Elementary School's community event with incoming administrators Mr. Matthew Lerner and Ms. Stephanie Hagins. All photos are by D401 web/media specialist Dave Porreca (click images for a larger view).


Elmwood's new administrators meet with parents.


Elmwood's incoming administrators meet parents.


Incoming Principal Mr. Matthew Lerner introduces himself to an Elmwood parent.


Elmwood's incoming administrators meet with parents.


Elmwood's incoming administrators meet parents.


Parents and students enjoy pizza at the May 23 Elmwood meet and greet.


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