Urbana teacher to be new principal at Rantoul school

Urbana teacher to be new principal at Rantoul school

RANTOUL — J.W. Eater Junior High will be under the direction of a new principal when the 2014-15 school year begins.

Ryan Green, of Urbana High School, has been hired by the Rantoul City Schools board of education to take over for Mike Penicook, who will be the principal for the alternative junior high program called the Thompson Learning Academy.

"He's had a lot of leadership roles in every school he has been at," RCS Superintendent Michelle Ramage said. "He has not had an administrative role, but Urbana is such a big district that a lot of those administrative tasks are shared with the staff."

A graduate of Grand Valley State in Michigan, Green has 13 years of experience in the education field, including time at Palm Beach County Public Schools in Florida as well as Georgetown-Ridge Farm and Urbana high schools.

"He seems to have the quality we're looking for the most," Ramage said. "He is a strong instructional leader. He is somebody that will work with the teachers with the new Danielson Model for evaluations. It's a collaborative environment and it's an extensive process, as it should be."

Green, along with all other candidates, had 15-minute individual interviews with Ramage and Assistant Superintendent Mike Springer via Skype. The current biology teacher at Urbana was one of four candidates brought in to be interviewed in person. However, neither Ramage nor Springer was involved in the face-to-face interview.

Green was required to present an educational initiative he implemented at one of his previous schools to a group consisting of another RCS administrator, a teacher and a parent. The presentation was then followed up with a basic question-and-answer job interview.

Ramage and Springer met with the interview team to discuss the candidates and choose the best fit.

"We want an instructional leader that will give us feedback," Ramage said. "Those types of conversations are craved by our teachers to get better. I think Ryan can provide that."





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