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New Principals Announced

Reported by on 3/18/19

District 204 announced new leadership for several schools starting July 1, 2019. Neuqua Valley High School, Gregory Middle School, Scullen Middle School and Kendall Elementary School will all have new principals next school year.

Neuqua Valley High School Assistant Principal Dr. Lance Fuhrer was named the school’s next principal. Dr. Fuhrer has worked at Neuqua Valley since the school opened in 1997. He taught social studies and served as the English Department Chair before becoming assistant principal in 2006. Dr. Fuhrer earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri, his master’s from Northern Illinois University and his doctorate from Aurora University. He is replacing Dr. Bob McBride, who is leaving for a position outside the district.

Scullen Middle School Principal Leslie Mitchell is moving to the principal post at Gregory Middle School. A graduate of District 204, Mitchell attended Gregory Middle School and Waubonsie Valley High School. She returned to the district to teach middle school and held assistant principal positions before serving as Scullen’s principal for the past two years. Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa and a master’s degree from DePaul University. She is replacing Steve Severson, who is retiring.

Scott Loughrige, assistant principal at Scullen Middle School, will fill the principal vacancy created by Mitchell’s move to Gregory. He has served as the school’s assistant principal since 2014. Prior to joining District 204, he was a teacher and a dean at middle schools in Bolingbrook and Romeoville. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio, and holds master’s degrees from Vandercook College of Music and Benedictine University.

Breah Jerger will be Kendall Elementary School’s new principal. Since 2016, Breah has served as the student services coordinator at Patterson Elementary School. Prior to working in District 204, Breah worked as an administrator and teacher in Yorkville and Plainfield school districts. She also taught in Highland Park, IL and Greenwood Village, CO. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in educational leadership from University of St. Francis. She is replacing retiring principal Lena Guerrieri.

Allan Davenport was named the principal of Granger Middle School. Davenport is currently the Director of Innovation and Instructional Leadership for District 204. Prior to his district-level position, Davenport served as Crone Middle School’s principal, and as assistant principal and principal of Hill Middle School. Before joining District 204, Davenport was assistant principal of East Richland Middle School, where he began his teaching career. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. Davenport is replacing Dr. Laurie Fiorenza.

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