Board of Education Approves Administrative Appointments at Stratton and Garden Hills

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 7:31pm

The Champaign Schools Board of Education approved two administrative appointments at its Monday meeting, including positions at Garden Hills and Stratton Elementary Schools.

Ms. Amy Blomberg has been selected to fill a second Assistant Principal position at Stratton Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Blomberg has been an educator in various roles with Unit 4 Schools since beginning her teaching career in 1994.  She served as a second grade teacher from 1994-1997.  From 1997 through 2000, she served in the dual role of Reading Recovery Teacher and 2nd Grade Teacher.  Since 2000, she has served as a Reading Recovery Teacher, Instructional Coach, Interventionist, and Enrichment Teacher.  She has also served as a Summer School Teacher. 

Ms. Blomberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University (1994), a Master of Education with Reading Specialist Endorsement from the University of Illinois (1998), and an Administrative Endorsement from the University of Illinois (2000).  Ms. Blomberg is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early & Middle Childhood/Literacy:  Reading-Language Arts (2007).  She has participated in many training and professional development activities, both within and outside of the District.  She has also held many leadership roles in the District throughout her teaching career. The effective date of Ms. Blomberg’s appointment as an Assistant Principal at Stratton Elementary is August 1, 2016.


Ms. Zipporah Gwin has been selected to serve in the role of Assistant Principal of Garden Hills Elementary School. Ms. Gwin is currently serving as Principal of Joseph Academy in Melrose Park, Illinois.  During this assignment, she increased student enrollment by 100%.  Prior to her principalship at Joseph Academy, Ms. Gwin served as Assistant Principal of James N. Thorp Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois from 2013-2015.  At Thorp, she was instrumental in securing several grants, increasing student reading scores, and fostering positive student, parent, and staff relationships.  Ms. Gwin also previously served Chicago Public Schools as an Instructional Coach (2013) and Teacher (2007-2013).  Ms. Gwin began her teaching career as a 5th Grade Teacher at Garden Hills Elementary School during the 2006-2007 school year.

Ms. Gwin holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Illinois State University (2006).  She subsequently attended Aurora University, where she took graduate courses in Gifted Education and Enrichment (2009).  Ms. Gwin earned her Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Chicago State University (2012).  The effective date of Ms. Gwin’s appointment as Assistant Principal of Garden Hills Elementary is August 1, 2016.  


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