Unit 4 board fills two principal openings

Unit 4 board fills two principal openings

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign school district hired new principals for two schools Monday night.

At a special meeting at Columbia Center, the board approved hiring Heather Livengood as principal of Robeson Elementary School and Amy Hayden as principal of the Champaign Early Childhood Center.

Livengood, a Philo native, is currently principal of Marshall Elementary School, where she has been since 2001. Her responsibilities include director of curriculum and instruction, special education and staff development.

Before going to Marshall, she taught at Jefferson Middle School for three years. She also helped the Champaign district develop a pilot Unified Arts program, which included cooperative learning and social development skills, and a new math curriculum.

Livengood has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in educational administration, both from Eastern Illinois University.

Hayden is currently the student services coordinator at the Early Childhood Center. She is responsible for coordinating placement of at-risk and special education students, monitoring special education services, and transition to kindergarten activities.

She was child development services manager for Champaign County Head Start for six years, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Marquette School in Champaign for three years and director of Marilyn Queller Child Care Center in Urbana for eight years. She was an early childhood teacher for several years as well.

Hayden has a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Illinois State University and a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Illinois.

Also on Monday, the board hired an assistant principal for Jefferson Middle School. Ryan Tusek has been a social studies teacher at Franklin Middle School for two years, and he is assistant football coach at Central High School.

He taught seventh-grade world geography in the Rochester school district for eight years.

Tusek has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The board was scheduled to hire a principal for Bottenfield Elementary School as well, but Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd said the position remains open and the district is looking at other candidates.

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