NCP Principal Candidate Forum for Parents Scheduled for Monday, June 21; Read the Finalists' Bios

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Northside's LSC has been working on selecting a new principal for Northside. The two finalists are Ms. Sarah Hanly, currently an assistant principal at Lane, and Ms. Patricia (Patti) Stuber, the interim principal at Northside. Bios of both candidates are below.

A parent/community forum will be held this Monday, June 21 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

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Bios of Candidates

Sarah Hanly

Sarah Hanly

Ms. Hanly has been with Chicago Public Schools since 1997. She began her career teaching English in the IB program at Hubbard High School on the city’s southwest side. While teaching at Hubbard, Sarah worked on her master’s degree in Education Administration at Northeastern Illinois University. After three years, Sarah transferred to Lane Tech High School where she taught a variety of English and drama classes, directed the school plays and was sponsor of the National Honor Society.

In 2003, Sarah took a sabbatical to participate in a semester-long fellowship with the district’s LAUNCH program for aspiring principals. LAUNCH fellows spent the summer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School studying and collaborating on a wide range of school issues to prepare for future principalships. Sarah then spent three months as a LAUNCH principal at Hope High School in Englewood and one month at Ray Elementary School in Hyde Park. Both experiences provided deep insight into the responsibilities and challenges facing principals every day.

Sarah returned to Lane Tech in 2004 where she served as a teacher, English department chair, supervising 30 teachers, and Director of Records, overseeing school transcripts, the SIPAA (now CIWP), and graduation requirements for all students.

In 2012, Sarah joined the Lane administration team as an assistant principal. Over the last nine years as an assistant principal, Sarah has overseen student activities (over 145 clubs), the school’s famous International Days/Nights, communication, the Academic Center, culture and climate, and she currently serves as the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, she has supervised the history, art, music, and drama departments.

Key highlights of her work include her focus on improving equity at Lane Tech, including monthly professional development with the staff, reviewing curriculum and course access, and incorporating student voice in school programming. Sarah’s work on culture and climate resulted in an exemplary supportive school certification from the district. She is currently finishing her dissertation for her doctorate in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Equity and Diversity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research is examining school racial climate at a selective enrollment high school.

Sarah hails from Arlington, Virginia and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She lives on the northwest side of the city with her husband and two children (11 and 13) who attend Wildwood World Magnet School. When not working, Sarah and her husband enjoy attending various sporting events for their children, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Patti Stuber

Patricia (Patti) Stuber

For 15 years, Ms. Stuber was a classroom teacher, teacher leader, curriculum coordinator, and ILT lead at Steinmetz College Prep. In her latter roles, she led instructional inquiry cycles that focused on creating and building student-centered classrooms and critical thinking routines. She also created a robust adult learning environment.

Ms. Stuber recently served as Assistant Principal at Kenwood Academy High School leading and co-leading teams in the high school and providing primary support to the Academic Center (AC). In the AC role she created collaborative team systems that led to new Academic Center instructional and MTSS learning goals. She was also engaged in equity and instructional improvement initiatives, having led both the AP Equity Team and Instructional Leadership Team.

Having served as Resident Principal at NCP during 2018-2019, Ms. Stuber was excited and honored to return to Northside as Interim Principal in March, 2021.

Ms. Stuber has a true passion for education and describes herself as a life-long learner. She has state endorsements in English Literature, Secondary Education, and Curriculum Instruction and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Chicago. She specializes in creating student-centered classrooms and collaborative professional development spaces.

A Chicago native, Ms. Stuber resides on the Northwest side with her husband and two children. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to podcasts whenever she can. She most enjoys spending quality time with her extended family for weekend gatherings and holiday getaways.


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