School board names principal at Liberty
DANVILLE — A 12-year educator is being sent to the principal's office.
The Danville school board on Wednesday appointed Angelique Simon as Liberty Elementary School's next chief.
Simon, North Ridge Middle School's assistant principal, will step into her new post on July 1. She will earn an annual salary of $77,000 and benefits as well as a performance-based increase earned for the current school year.
Simon will replace Mark Neil, who's been serving as the K-5 school's interim principal since Dec. 2. She was selected from a pool of 19 applicants — 10 of whom were interviewed by a panel of administrators, teachers and a parent — and three finalists.
Simon earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and took teacher certification courses at Eastern Illinois. She has a master's degree in education leadership from EIU, and she's currently completing her education specialist degree coursework.
Simon started teaching fifth grade at Barkstall Elementary School in Champaign in 2002. She began in Danville in 2004 — fourth grade at Northeast Elementary Magnet School and then Meade Park Elementary.
Simon served an administrative internship at South View Middle School during the 2008-09 year. She has been in her current post since 2009, except for a one-year leave of absence to work on an advanced degree.