District 54 names new assistant principals

Posted Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The District 54 School Board appointed three new assistant principals for the 2012-13 school year at its July 12 meeting.

The Board appointed James Schwartz as the assistant principal for Keller Junior High School. Schwartz is currently the principal at Al Raby High School in Chicago. He has also served as the assistant principal and a math teacher at Al Raby. Schwartz has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University; a master’s degree from National Louis University and a Type 75 certificate from Northeastern Illinois University.

“I look forward to not only bringing my experiences to the district but also to learning from everyone here,” Schwartz said.

The Board appointed Julie Tarasiuk as the assistant principal of Lakeview Elementary School. Tarasiuk is currently a literacy coach at Fox Elementary School in Hanover Park (a District 54 school). She has also been a special education teacher at Fox and at Hale Elementary School in Schaumburg. Tarasiuk has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s degree from Saint Xavier University and a Type 75 certificate from Saint Xavier.

“Throughout the past 10 years I have had administrators who have served as my mentors and worked with the most phenomenal staff,” Tarasiuk said.

The Board appointed Brandon Todd as the assistant principal of Eisenhower Junior High School. Todd has taught middle school language arts and social studies in Highland Park, Vernon Hills and Washington, IL. He has also served as an assistant principal and an assistant athletic director. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree/Type 75 certificate from Concordia University.

“I live in Schaumburg and I’m a huge fan of everything that goes on in District 54,” Todd said.

The Board had previously hired Vernessa Stepney as the assistant principal of Campanelli and Fox elementary schools for the 2012-13 school year. Stepney had been a psychologist at Armstrong Elementary School in Hoffman Estates, and before that in Waukegan School District 60. She has a bachelor’s degree from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree from Governors State University and a Type 75 certificate from Northern Illinois University.