The District 181 Board of Education on Monday approved the appointment of Ms. Effey Nassis as the new principal of Oak School, effective July 1. She succeeds Dr. Martha Henrikson who is retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

Ms. Nassis is a highly talented educator with strong instructional experience. She is currently the Assistant Principal at Scott Elementary School in Naperville District 203 and was previously an instructional coach and teacher.

"Throughout the search, stakeholders and administrators were impressed by Ms. Nassis' commitment to students and to student learning, insight into best practice and focus on both teacher and student growth," said Superintendent Dr. Hector Garcia. "She has a history of fostering a collaborative culture in schools, empowering others and fostering high quality relationships with students, staff members and parents," he said.

"I am both honored and excited to become part of the District 181 community," said Nassis. "I will continuously strive to advocate for the students, staff, and community members in order to build upon the tremendous success that has already been achieved at Oak School," she added.

Prior to serving as assistant principal in District 203, Nassis was an instructional coach, literacy specialist, and English, social studies and reading intervention teacher in Elmhurst District 205. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College, and two Master's Degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, one in Reading Education and the other in School Improvement Leadership. She has presented at state and national conferences on best practices and was a recipient of a Those Who Excel award from the Illinois State Board of Education for her work.

The search process involved parents, faculty and administrators. Parents and staff/faculty were surveyed about the qualities they wanted in a new leader and a small group of teachers, parents and administrators interviewed candidates. The pool was narrowed after further interviews and Ms. Nassis emerged as the top candidate.

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