Two Dolton West Elementary District 148 educators have been promoted to positions as school administrators.
The District 148 School Board on Sept. 26 approved the hiring of Todd Parker as assistant principal at Roosevelt Elementary and Junior High Schools and also approved the selection of Jennifer Williams as assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary and Junior High Schools. Both assumed their new administrative duties on Sept. 30.
Parker fills the post left open when former Roosevelt Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High Schools Assistant Principal Martez James became principal at District 148’s Franklin Elementary School on Aug. 26.
Williams replaces former Lincoln Elementary and Junior High Schools Assistant Principal Dorith Johnson.
Parker came to Roosevelt Elementary School in 2001 as a resident teacher. He served in that capacity for two years then became a seventh-grade language arts teacher for one year. In 2004 he began working as safety facilitator at the Roosevelt Schools, a position he held until his recent selection as assistant principal. School safety facilitators are responsible for managing student behavior issues.
Williams joined the staff in District 148 in the fall of 2002 as a teacher at the former Jefferson Elementary School which is now the district’s Early Childhood Center. She taught first grade for three years then moved to Riverdale Elementary School as a first-grade teacher. After that, she began teaching fourth grade at Riverdale School and remained in that position until her hiring as assistant principal at the Lincoln Schools.
A graduate of Thornton High School in Harvey, Parker has a bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University. He has a master’s degree in teaching from Chicago State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from American College of Education.
Williams has a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University, and a master’s degree in education administration from Governors State University.
She said she enjoys helping children, supporting them, and seeing them learn. She hopes to be able to have an impact on more children as a school administrator and wants to continue to help “Lincoln Eagles soar.”
“This school is already great,” Williams said. “It has a phenomenal staff that is driven to help the students be successful. I want to be a part of that.”
Parker said he wants to help spark students’ interest in learning and to help instill in young people the importance of education.