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Excited To Join The Mead Community!

Dear Margaret Mead Community,

I would like to take this opportunity to officially introduce myself as the next building principal at Margaret Mead Junior High School beginning on July 1. I am truly looking forward to returning to the Mead community, where I started as an assistant principal 10 years ago. In the next two months, I plan to meet with every staff member and any interested community members to hear firsthand what makes Mead an outstanding learning community and what are the needs of our community.

To tell you a bit about myself, my wife Stephanie and I live in West Chicago with our 10-year-old daughter, Josephine, our 9-year-old son, William, and our 6-year-old son, Declan.

I began my educational journey at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where I received a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology and master’s degree in social work in education. During this time, I served as the director of an extended day academic intervention program in Champaign Schools Unit 4. I also had the great fortune to work for the Fighting Illini Men’s Basketball Team under former Coach Lou Henson.

Following graduation, I worked at Harvard High School and Harvard Junior High School in Harvard School District 50, and at Briargate Elementary School in Cary School District 26, before coming to School District 54 in 2004. In District 54, I was a social worker at Hanover Highlands Elementary School and John Muir Literacy Academy, during which time I completed my master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University. Over the past 10 years, I enjoyed serving as the assistant principal at Mead and Eisenhower junior high schools and then as the building principal at Robert Frost Junior High School for the past seven years.

While I will be new to Mead next year, I am very familiar with the current curriculum, instruction and culture in this District 54 community. This background will allow us to immediately focus on the individual needs of our students as we begin the 2019-20 school year this fall.

As we plan for next year, I would like to extend an invitation to meet with me. I am happy to meet with you at a time that is convenient for you starting on August 1. The meetings will be general in nature using the following questions as a starting point to begin our discussions:

  • What are you most proud of at Mead?
  • What should be my top priorities as a new administrator at Mead?
  • What are your expectations of your new principal?

If you have any questions for me, please bring them. Everything you share will be kept confidential, so please be as candid as you would like to be. If you are interested in meeting, please send me an email to schedule a time for us to get together. My hope is that these meetings will last around 30 minutes.

I look forward to getting to meet and know the entire Mead community. Until my arrival, Mr. Szwed, Mrs. Carey and I will work together to ensure a smooth transition for the students, staff and parent community. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student’s instructional program, please do not hesitate to contact me.


M. Scott Ross