Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year!! You've made your way to my D97 web site. Here you can find out a bit about me and a bit about Beye School.
I came to Beye School in 1987 after graduating from Northwestern University with a Bachelor's Degree in music education. For fifteen years I loved and looked forward to teaching general and instrumental music at Beye (with some limited teaching at Mann & Longfellow early on). I established the chorus, band, jazz band drama club and Gospel Choir at Beye School. I also had the opportunity to serve as a building rep, Vice-President and President of the Oak Park Teachers' Association. In 1997 I earned a Master's Degree in School Administration from Concordia University.
In 2001 I became the principal of Beye School, taking over from my fabulous principal & mentor Susan Gibson upon her retirement. I am an Oak Park resident and District 97 parent and I understand first hand that we have an incredible opportunity and thus an incredible responsibility to make the most of this diverse community we call home and to raise up a generation that sees diversity as their future and their mission.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve one school community for a quarter of a century.
Beye School is made up of 425 students in grades k-5, 50 faculty members and approximately 335 families. I am proud to say we have maintained our identity as a school where every child is important, where their potential is seen as limitless and where the arts, service and social-emotional growth are important pieces of helping every student achieve at high levels. While we still have a way to go, we have been able to make progress closing the achievement gap for students of color and low-income students. We have also remained intentionally committed to being a welcoming and supportive community for all of our families, including gay, lesbian, minority, low-income and adoptive families. As Oak Park's oldest existing school we know that relationship is the foundation for everything we hope to accomplish. We also believe that relevance and rigor are key ingredients that take relationship and leverage it for meaningful progress and accomplishment.