The Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124 Board of Education has approved the hiring of Mr. Tim Sheldon as the Principal of Southeast Elementary School.
Sheldon, who will officially begin his role on July 1, is currently the principal of Ideal Elementary School in Countryside. He has previously worked as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal in Chicago Public Schools.
"I am incredibly excited to join this amazing community of educators, students, and families,” Sheldon said. "I became an educator because, in my life, my teachers made all the difference in keeping me on the right path. In Evergreen Park District 124 and at Southeast School, I see a community of educators doing just that every day for all students. It truly is my privilege to join this wonderful Southeast School community. I look forward to meeting everyone and building great relationships with our students, staff, and families."
Sheldon emerged as the top candidate following an extensive interview process that included Superintendent Dr. Robert Machak, Southeast School staff members, parents, District principals from three schools (including current Southeast Principal Ms. Alice Spingola), three District directors, and four members of the D124 Board of Education.
“I am convinced that Mr. Sheldon is exactly the right principal for Southeast School and District 124,” Machak said. “Mr. Sheldon brings with him a wealth of professional experiences that will help us to grow in several different areas in which we know we can improve, including more effective community outreach efforts, continuing to support our Social-Emotional Learning initiatives, and supporting the continued academic growth of all student groups at Southeast.”
Sheldon, who speaks Spanish fluently, earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 2001 and later graduated from Loyola University with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (2004) and a Type 75 Certificate in Educational Leadership (2006). He is currently working toward a Doctor of Education degree at National Louis University.