Unit 4 Board Approves Three Administrative Appointments

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 8:19am

We welcome the following administrators to Unit 4. 

Dr. Jennifer Ivory-Tatum has been selected as the Assistant Superintendent of Achievement & Student Learning. Dr. Ivory-Tatum began her career in education as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Bower Elementary with CUSD 200 (Warrenville, Illinois). She held this position from 1992-1994. Joining Champaign Unit 4 Schools (Champaign, Illinois) in the years 1994-1996, Dr. Ivory-Tatum served as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Marquette Early Childhood Center. For the school term 1996-1997, she served as a Regular Education Teacher with Canaan Academy (Urbana, Illinois). Returning to Champaign Unit 4 for the 1997-1998 school year, she taught as a 1st grade teacher assigned to Robeson Elementary. From 1997-1998, Dr. Ivory-Tatum served as Facilitator, Consultant, and Teacher at Walt Disney Magnet with Chicago Public Schools. Rejoining Unit 4 Schools, she taught as a 2nd grade teacher assigned to Robeson Elementary from 2000-2003. Accepting the position of Instructional Specialist/Student Services Coordinator at Stratton Elementary, Dr. Ivory-Tatum held this position from 2003-2005. Beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, Dr. Ivory-Tatum joined Urbana School District 116 (Urbana, Illinois) as the Principal for King Elementary School. After serving Urbana as principal for eight school terms, Dr. Ivory-Tatum accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent for Urbana School District 116 beginning in July 2013. Dr. Ivory-Tatum will be leaving Urbana to join Champaign Unit 4 Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement & Student Learning beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.    

Dr. Ivory-Tatum holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (1991) and a Master of Arts in Special Education (1992), both from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Doctorate of Education in Education and Organizational Leadership (2001), also from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Ivory-Tatum completed her Superintendent’s Endorsement (2016) from Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Illinois).

The effective date of Dr. Ivory-Tatum’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Amy Magrini has been selected as the Director of Transportation. Ms. Magrini began her career with public schools in August 1999 as a classroom teacher at Eater Junior High School (Rantoul, Illinois). She joined Champaign Unit 4 Schools in August 2000 as a science and social studies teacher at Franklin Middle School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Franklin, she assisted with the coordination of curriculum within the building. In August 2006, Ms. Magrini accepted the position of Student Services Coordinator at Carrie Busey Elementary. This position was retitled to Assistant Principal beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. Ms. Magrini is currently serving Unit 4 Schools in a dual administrative role with responsibilities still at Carrie Busey, and since January 2017, Interim Director of Transportation Operations.  Effective with the 2017-2018 school year, Ms. Magrini will be the permanent Director of Transportation.    

Ms. Magrini earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (1999) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (2003), also from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds an advanced degree from the University of illinois in Educational Leadership (2007).

The effective date of Ms. Magrini’s appointment is July 1, 2017.

Cynthia Lockett was selected as the Special Education Administrator. Ms. Lockett began her career in education as a Special Education Teacher teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities with Lake Havasu Unified School District in Lake Havasu, Arizona (1994-1996). After completing graduate school, Ms. Lockett joined Unit 4 as a School Psychologist serving Barkstall and Kenwood Elementary Schools (1999-2005). Ms. Lockett left the District to obtain her law degree. She returned to public education in 2009, and since that time has served Unit 4 as a School Psychologist at Robeson and Westview Elementary Schools.

Ms. Lockett earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1994). She then earned her Specialist in School Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois (1999). Ms. Lockett earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, Iowa (2008), and her Master in Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014).

The effective date of Ms. Lockett’s appointment is August 1, 2017.

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