A NEW PRINCIPAL FOR IVY HALL
I’m pleased to share our Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Robert Hanrahan as principal of Ivy Hall School, effective Aug. 1, 2017.
Mr. Hanrahan brings valued relevant experience from both the classroom and as a school district administrator. He is, in fact, returning to District 96, where in 2011 he began his work with teachers as an educational technology coach, delivering and supporting their tech training. His commitment to student learning led him to become a technology coach at Country Meadows Elementary the next school year, where he provided leadership, academic coaching, and co-teaching support while increasing teachers’ competence and confidence in best use and integration of digital teaching tools.
For the past several years, Mr. Hanrahan has served Skokie School District 73½ as the director of innovation and instructional technology. He has led highly successful implementations and associated staff professional development. In addition, his role has required his leadership in anticipating infrastructure needs and managing implementation of several significant projects, increasing his understanding of essential 21st-century skills for students.
During his previous years in District 96 Mr. Hanrahan was highly regarded by his colleagues and peers and was awarded a District 96 Foundation Crystal Apple Red Schoolhouse Award in 2014 for his exceptional commitment to students’ learning and educating the whole child. He holds an undergraduate degree in business/pre-law from Michigan State University and has earned master's degrees in education from Dominican University and in school leadership and teaching from Concordia University.
Mr. Hanrahan will succeed Mrs. Amy Gluck in his new role, effective August 1, as she assumes the responsibilities of our director of educational services. That position currently is held by Mrs. Heather Friziellie, who has accepted new responsibilities beginning in the 2017–18 school year as superintendent of Elementary District 114.