Three Administrative Appointments Approved at Unit 4 School Board Meeting

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:34am

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

Ms. Elizabeth (Beth) Ladd has been selected as Principal of Garden Hills Elementary effective with the start of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Ms. Ladd began her teaching career with Champaign Unit 4 Schools as a Special Education Teacher.  In her eight years of service as a Teacher, Ms. Ladd held positions in a variety of District Special Education programs.  Relocating to Indiana for a period of three years, Ms. Ladd served as Special Education Coordinator and Special Education Department Chair with MSD of Lawrence Township and Lawrence Central High (Indianapolis, Indiana).  Returning to Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Ms. Ladd served as a Special Education Administrator for three school terms.  Ms. Ladd is currently in her fifth year of service as the Assistant Director of Student Services with Urbana 116 (Urbana, Illinois). 

Ms. Ladd holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Indiana University (1998), and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University (2005).  She also holds a Director of Special Education endorsement.


Dr. Thea Perkins has been selected as Principal of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy effective with the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Dr. Perkins began her career as a School Social Worker.  She worked for seven years with Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (Maywood, Illinois) and for six years with District 65 (Evanston, Illinois).  Dr. Perkins began her administrative career with District 97 (Oak Park, Illinois) as an Assistant Principal for three years, and then as Principal for four years.  Over a period of four years, Dr. Perkins served District 89 (Melrose Park, Illinois) as an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent.  She has also served as a Director of Early Childhood (Rockford, Illinois), Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction (Matteson, Illinois) and Behavior Interventionist (Joliet, Illinois).  Dr. Perkins is currently in her third year of serving District 88 (Melrose Park, Illinois) where she was Interim Director of Human Resources and is now serving as an Assistant Principal. 

Dr. Perkins holds a Bachelor of Social Work (1985) and Master of Social Work (1986) from George Williams College/Aurora University.  She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University (1999), an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University (2005), and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University (2013). 


Mrs. Emily Schmit has been selected as the Director of Communications and Community Relations.  The effective date of Mrs. Schmit’s appointment is April 10, 2017.

A graduate of Unit 4 Schools, Mrs. Schmit is a life-long member of the Champaign community and has approximately 19 years of experience in the communications and marketing field.  She currently holds the position of Marketing Specialist with Carle Foundation Hospital.  Other prior experience includes working as Marketing Director for One Main Development, General Manager and Editor for The Hub, Senior Account Executive with Roundtable, Client Services Executive with Royce Wagner, and Marketing Communications Specialist with Health Alliance. 

Mrs. Schmit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1997).

Transportation Department Now Hiring
U4 Innovate

Join Our Team