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District 97 Appoints Dr. Lisa Bucciarelli-Carlos New Principal for Lincoln Elementary School

March 15, 2017

During its meeting on March 14, 2017, the District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Lisa Bucciarelli-Carlos as the principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Carlos will be replacing Cathy Hamilton, who will be moving into the role of district administrator for substitutes and teaching assistants starting next year. She will begin at Lincoln on July 1, 2017.

“I want to thank Cathy Hamilton for her nearly 30 years of dedicated service, and wish her the best in her new role with the district,” said Superintendent Carol Kelley. “I also want to congratulate Lisa on her appointment. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion for learning, coupled with her extensive knowledge and experience, will help build upon the proud history and legacy of Lincoln School, and foster the continued growth and development of our faculty, staff and students.”

Prior to joining Lincoln, Carlos held two administrative positions at Kelly High School in Chicago—she served as the principal for the 2016-17 school year and the assistant principal for the two years prior to that. She was also the assistant principal at Hearst Elementary School in Chicago for a year, the department chair of world languages at York Community High School in Elmhurst for three years, and a Spanish and etymology teacher at Hinsdale Central High School from 1996 to 2010.

Carlos has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Education from Indiana University, a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College, a doctorate in Curricular Studies from DePaul University and an Administration and Supervision graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins University.

Carlos, who currently resides in Chicago with her husband Prudente, said she is excited about the opportunities that lie ahead at Lincoln.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the next principal of Lincoln,” said Carlos. “I look forward to working closely and collaboratively with my outstanding new team of faculty and staff to serve our wonderful students and families. I also look forward to learning more about the rich traditions that make Lincoln such a stellar and special school. In the meantime, I want to thank the Board of Education, Superintendent Kelley and all of the Lincoln Lions for affording me the opportunity to be part of the important and dynamic work being done not only here at our school, but across the district.”

Parents/guardians and staff members were actively involved in the efforts to find the new principal for Lincoln. Both groups provided the district with feedback about the qualities and characteristics they felt applicants should possess. They also selected the individuals (parents/guardians and staff members) who served on the school’s site team. This team interviewed a pool of candidates for the position and played a pivotal role in Carlos’ selection.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the parents/guardians and staff members from Lincoln who participated in the search process,” said Kelley. “Their assistance with the completion of this critical task helped us fill the position with an outstanding educator whose student-centered approach to learning will help every child at Lincoln realize their full potential.”

Carlos’ contract is for one year with a base salary of $122,774.