New principals appointed

The District 54 School Board appointed three new principals for the 2013-14 school year at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Joann Kort – Dirksen School
Joann Kort was named the principal of Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg replacing the retiring Pat Piech. Kort is currently the assistant principal at Hoover and Blackwell elementary schools. She has also been a special education director, special education coordinator and teacher for students who are deaf or hearing impaired.

“My path in District 54 has taken me to a variety of places,” Kort said. “At each place I’ve grown professionally and have had the opportunity to work with great mentors.”

Kort has a bachelor’s degree in special education, a master’s degree in teaching, a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership and a learning/behavioral specialist endorsement.

Jillian Sagan – Mead Junior High School
Jillian Sagan was named the principal of Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village, replacing Dr. Pete Hannigan who will become the assistant superintendent of human resources in 2013-14. Sagan has been the assistant principal at Mead since July 2011. Previously, she was a special services teacher at Lincoln Prairie School. Sagan has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education.

“Mead is a place where we set high goals, we have high expectations and then we meet those goals,” Sagan said. “We’re going to move forward, support the systems we have in place and continue to always put students first.”

Chris Bingen – Addams Junior High School
Chris Bingen will become the principal of Addams Junior High School in Schaumburg. Bingen is currently the principal of Palos South Middle School in District 118, a position he has held since 2007. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the assistant principal of Frost Junior High School in District 54 and also worked as a teacher at Mead Junior High School, Westfield Junior High School in Bloomingdale and East Middle School in Waukegan.

Bingen has a bachelor’s degree in social science and master’s degrees in instructional technology and educational administration.

“Tonight is a homecoming for me,” Bingen said. “I know by watching the presentation tonight (on the Common Core State Standards) that District 54 is not standing still. You’re moving at a rocket pace and that’s what draws me back here.”

Bingen replaces Steve Pearce who will become the principal of Armstrong Elementary School in Hoffman Estates. Current Armstrong Principal Beth Erbach will become the assistant superintendent for student learning.