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Meadowbrook Principal Named

Ericka Garza will be the next principal of Meadowbrook School following the Board of Education’s approval Feb. 22.

In all, there were 40 applications and nine candidates interviewed in the first-round interviews with administrative team members. Three finalists were interviewed by Dr. Pearson and Dr. Raitzer, and from there, two finalists were interviewed by the staff interview team and the parent interview team. Dr. Pearson, Dr. Raitzer and Dr. Hewitt then discussed the finalists, reviewed stakeholder feedback, and determined that Ericka Garza is the right person to serve as Meadowbrook’s next principal, effective July 1.

Ms. Garza is currently principal of Mark Twain School in Kankakee District 202, completing her fifth year. Previous to that, she was the English Learner program coordinator at Marquette School of Excellence in Chicago. She began her career as an EL Teacher for grades 4-8. She has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University and is working on her doctoral degree from the University of St. Francis.

Those who interviewed her indicated that she is sincere, knowledgeable and approachable. They further view her as a relationship builder, an experienced leader, very child-centered and one who values connections.

Ericka Garza will begin as the new Meadowbrook principal on July 1 following Patrick Thome’s retirement.