Six Administrative Appointments Approved by Unit 4 School Board

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 7:07pm

The Unit 4 Board of Education approved six administrative appointments at its Monday meeting.

Mr. Jeron Blood has been appointed to the position of Interim Associate Principal of Edison Middle School. This position is currently vacant due to the year-long military leave of current Associate Principal Yvette Lane-Rose.  District administration recommends that this vacancy by filled on an interim basis for the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Blood has served as Assistant Principal of Edison Middle School since November 2014.  Mr. Blood began his teaching career in August 2010 when he joined Unit 4 Schools as a Special Education Teacher with the Functional Life Skills Program at Centennial High School.  Mr. Blood holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education (2010) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership (2013), also from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.     

Ms. Mallory Morris has been appointed to the position of Interim Assistant Principal of Edison Middle School. This position is currently vacant due to the appointment of Jeron Blood as Interim Associate Principal at Edison. District administration recommended that this vacancy be filled on an interim basis for the 2016-2017 school year.

Ms. Morris has served as Assistant Principal at Stratton Elementary since August 2014.  Ms. Morris began her career in Unit 4 Schools in August 2006 as a 7th Grade English/Language Arts teacher at Jefferson Middle School.  Ms. Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois in 2006.  She earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in May 2010 and her Master of Education in Educational Organization and Leadership in May 2014, both from the University of Illinois. 

Dr. Hillary Stanifer has been selected as an Assistant Principal at Garden Hills Elementary School. Prior to relocating to the Champaign community with her family, Dr. Stanifer served as Principal of Liberty Middle School with CUSD 7 in Edwardsville, Illinois (2011-2016).  Prior to her role as principal at Liberty Middle School, she served Liberty as the Assistant Principal (2006-2011).  Dr. Stanifer’s teaching experience includes Mathematics Teacher at Liberty (2000-2006), Mathematics Teacher with Collinsville School District (1999-2000), and Mathematics Teacher with Bedford Public Schools in Michigan (1990-1999). 

Dr. Stanifer earned her Bachelor of Education Degree in Business & Math from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1990.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 1994.  She received her Specialist Degree in Educational Administration in 2012 and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2014, both from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Mr. Jesse Guzman has been appointed to the position of Interim Associate Principal of Jefferson Middle School. The position of Associate Principal of Jefferson Middle School is currently vacant due to the appointment of Danielle Cook as Interim Administrator of Novak Academy effective August 1, 2016.  District administration recommended that this vacancy by filled on an interim basis for the 2016-2017 school year.

Mr. Guzman has served as Assistant Principal of Jefferson Middle School since August 2014.  Mr. Guzman joined Unit 4 Schools in August 2005 as a Social Science Teacher assigned to Edison Middle School.  Additionally, Mr. Guzman has served as Unit 4’s Middle Level Summer School Co-Principal every summer since 2014. Mr. Guzman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, majoring in Social Studies, from St. Louis University (2005), and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois (2014).

Ms. Tasia Burks has been selected as the Assistant Principal at Kenwood Elementary School.  Ms. Burks currently serves as Dean of Students at Hope Academy Magnet School with Decatur School District 61 in Decatur, Illinois.  She has held this position since November 2014.  Prior to this administrative assignment, Ms. Burks was an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School from January 2008 through October 2014. 

Ms. Burks holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in English-Language Arts and Social Sciences from Illinois State University (2007) and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University (2012).

Ms. Danielle Cook has been appointed to the position of Interim Administrator of Novak Academy. This position is currently vacant due to the appointment of Tony Maltbia as the Executive Director of Student, Family & Community Supports effective July 1, 2016.  District administration recommended that this vacancy by filled on an interim basis for the 2016-2017.

Ms. Cook has served as Associate Principal at Jefferson Middle School since August 2013.  Prior to joining Unit 4 Schools, Ms. Cook was an Assistant Principal at Bloomington High School for one school year.  Ms. Cook has also previously served Urbana High School as an Assistant Principal of Discipline and Attendance for five years and a Dean of Students for three years.  Her teaching experience includes serving as a Special Education teacher for Bloomington Junior High (3 years), Special Education Teacher for East Peoria Junior High (4 years), and Special Education Teacher for Peoria Schools (6 years). 

Ms. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education - Learning Disabilities & Behavior Disorders from Illinois State University in 1991.  She earned her Master of Science in Education - Education and Leadership from St. Xavier University in 1997 and a Certificate of Advanced Study - Administration from Illinois State University in 2001.

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