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2017 IPA Officer Election

Welcome to the 2017 IPA Officer Election. Per the IPA Constitution, eligible IPA Members may run for a state office upon nomination by an IPA State Director at the first regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting of the calendar year. The open offices for 2017 are IPA President-Elect, IPA Secretary, IPA Treasurer, NASSP Coordinator, and NAESP Representative. The election voting window will be Wednesday, March 15th (8:00 AM) to Wednesday, March 22nd (5:00 PM). Voting will not be allowed before or after these times. On March 15th, eligible IPA voting members will receive an email with instructions about how to access the online ballot for the open offices. Please direct questions to Laura Adams, IPA Executive Assistant, at .

Voting irregularities may be reported to IPA Election Committee members:
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Candidate(s) for President-Elect

Jeff Knapp 250

Name:

Jeff Knapp

Present Position:

Principal, Rockland School

Professional Training:

IPA State Conference- 2004-Present
National Blue Ribbon Conference- 2007-2009
21st Century Learning National Conference-2011
2015 NCLB Conference

Administrative Certification:

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education- University of Illinois
Masters in School Counseling- Concordia University
School Leadership Certification- Concordia University

Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Administrative Experience
2003-2005- Assistant Principal- Grayslake Middle School, Grayslake, IL
2005-2011- Principal- Woodview School, Grayslake, IL
2011-Present- Principal- Rockland School, Libertyville, IL
Teaching Experience
1998-2003- Teacher- Grayslake Middle School, Grayslake, IL

Professional Organization Experience:

IPA Member 2003- Present
State level IPA leadership positions held: State Director from Lake Region, Treasurer
Region IPA positions held: Membership, Region Director, Director Elect, Assistant Principal's Chair
ASCD member
NAESP member
IPA State Conference- 2004-Present
National Blue Ribbon Conference- 2007-2009
21st Century Learning National Conference-2011
2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
2015 NCLB Conference Presenter

What do you see as the major issues the Illinois Principals Association should be addressing, and how do you foresee your role as IPA President-Elect, in providing leadership to address these issues? Issues facing principals in the state of Illinois are increased demands and changes in curriculum, assessment, and ongoing legislation. I recognize the importance of the position and value the work principals put in each day. We are asked to do more with the stakeholders we serve. It is essential that leaders stay involved with the IPA and support one another to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. I will uphold these beliefs and fulfill the duties of president. As a member of the IPA board I have developed invaluable experience and will continue contributing well into the future.

Candidate(s) for Secretary

Brett McPherson 250

Name:

Brett McPherson

Present Position:

Principal, Genoa-Kingston High School  

Professional Training:

Google Trained
PLC
RTI
Standards Based Grading
 

Administrative Certification:

Ed Leadership


Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Administrative Experience
6 years Principal
6 years Assistant Principal
Teaching Experience
8 years Teaching

Professional Organization Experience:

Current IPA Secretary
IPA Member - 12 years
ASCD
NCSS

What do you see as the major issues the Illinois Principals Association should be addressing, and how do you foresee your role as IPA Secretary, in providing leadership to address these issues? The number one goal of the IPA should be to provide professional advice, resources and training for school leaders in order to create great learning environments for students. The IPA should continue to work with it’s membership to inform them of important legislation regarding pension reform and other educational related items.

Candidate(s) for Treasurer

Name: 

Craig Beals

Present Position:

Principal, Nuttall Middle School

Professional Training:

B.A. in Social Science with Teacher Certification - Eastern Illinois University 
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction - Southern Illinois University
Type 75 Endorsement - Eastern Illinois University 
Superintendent Endorsement - Eastern Illinois University 

Administrative Certification:

Illinois General Administrative Certificate 06/02/08
Illinois Superintendent's Endorsement 01/16/13


Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Administrative Experience 
Nuttall Middle School, Teacher - 12 years - Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, and Computers 
Teaching Experience
Nuttall Middle School, Assistant Principal - 7 years 
Nuttall Middle School, Principal - 3 years 

Professional Organization Experience:

Wabash Valley Region Board Member 
Wabash Valley State Director 
IPA State Finance Committee Member 


What do you see as the major issues the Illinois Principals Association should be addressing, and how do you foresee your role as IPA President-Elect, in providing leadership to address these issues? The IPA addresses several issues to meet the needs of its membership. I feel the most important is to continue providing professional development for the membership. Further, providing support for aspiring or new administrators should continue to be a main focus. A third issue the association should continually address is the need to inform and educate members about new or changing legislation in the state. As Treasurer, it would be my duty to provide a clear picture to the board and membership of the financial status of the organization in order to address these issues in a fiscally responsible manner.

Candidate(s) for NASSP Coordinator 

Name: 

Kevin Shelton

Present Position:

Principal, Johnsburg High School 

Professional Training:

Ventures for Excellence Training 
Thomas Howard Leadership Symposium (2 years)
Motorola Leadership Training  
DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) Training 

Administrative Certification:

Type 75


Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Administrative Experience 
Principal, Johnsburg High School (2006-Present) Principal, Nippersink Middle School (2004-2006)
Associate Principal/Athletic Director, Nippersink Middle School (2000-2004)
Teaching Experience
English Teacher, Johnsburg High School (1994-2000) 
English Teacher, Pepin Middle School/High School (1992-1994)

Professional Organization Experience:

Illinois NASSP State Coordinator (2014-2017)
Attended NASSP Advocacy Conference (2013-2016)
IPA President (2013-2014)
Member of Vision 20/20 Committee in Coordination with IASA (2014)
State Superintendent Advisory Committe (2009-2010, 2013)
5 Essentials Survey (restructuring) Advisory Committee (2013)
IPA President-Elect (2012-2013)
PEAC Committee (2011)
IPA Kishwaukee State Director (2010-2011)
IPA Kishwaukee Region Director (2006-2010)
Presenter at IPA Aspiring Principals Workshop (2011-2013)
Presenter at IPA Fall Conference (2011&2012)
Facilitator, Kishwaukee Region Political Forum (2007)


What do you see as the major issues the Illinois Principals Association should be addressing, and how do you foresee your role as IPA President-Elect, in providing leadership to address these issues? IPA has developed a strong working relationship with NASSP over the years, advocating for students, educators and administrators in Illinois and across the nation.  I have been lucky enough to participate in these conversations with our elected officials and their staffers in Washington DC over the last three years, providing them with the perspective of administrators in Illinois regarding federal educational policies, procedures and funding.  If given the privilege of serving the IPA as the Illinois NASSP Coordinator, I would work with other IPA and NASSP leaders to continue these advocacy efforts in the most proactive and positive manner possible.  

Candidate(s) for NAESP Coordinator 

Amy Dixon 250

Name: 

Dr. Amy L. Dixon

Present Position:

Principal/Director of Instruction, Jefferson Attendance Center

Professional Training:

Doctor of Education

Administrative Certification:

General Administrative/Superintendent Endorsement 


Teaching and Administrative Experience:

Administrative Experience 
Of my 21 years as an educator, the last 16 have been spent in administration. My administrative experience began with the Regional Office of Education #20 as principal of an alternative school. Since 2003, I have served as an elementary school principal within the Carmi-White County Unit #5 School District. During my years in the district I have also served as Special Education Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, ELL Coordinator, and Director of Instruction.
Teaching Experience
I am currently teaching for Eastern Illinois University as an adjunct member of the graduate faculty.

Professional Organization Experience:

I have been a long-time member of the Illinois Principals Association where I have served as region and state director. I am also a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, where I currently serve as the state representative. 


What do you see as the major issues the Illinois Principals Association should be addressing, and how do you foresee your role as IPA President-Elect, in providing leadership to address these issues? As states and districts move towards implement of the Every Student Succeeds Act, it is crucial that the IPA and NAESP continue to be a strong voice in that planning process in order to advocate for our schools. Due to the plethora of changes occurring in education, it is essential that these two professional organizations continue to keep our administrators informed, while providing professional development to help them meet the needs of the students that we service. Lastly, there is a disparity in the amount and quality of mental health services offered to students throughout the state and nation. This need for mental health services for students appears to be on the rise and is a crucial factor for their educational success. 

 

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