LBES Leadership 2013-14
News from Dr. Jean Sophie on LBES Leadership 2013-14

As previously announced, Mr. Paul McKinney will continue to serve as interim principal of Lake Bluff Elementary through the end of this school year.  

I am pleased to share with you that we have established a top-tier, experienced leadership team for Lake Bluff Elementary School during the 20313-2014 school year.

Joining us in August as interim principal will be Dr. Barbara (Ramsey) West, a retired educator with more than 30 years of experience.  Her accomplished career has included 17 years of teaching experience in grades three through eight, and service as principal of Westbrook and J.H. Springman Schools and later coordinator of organizational services for Glenview Public School District 34 from 1988-1995.  Subsequently, Dr. West served as superintendent of Rochelle Community Consolidated School District 231 from 1995-1998 and at Homewood School District 153 from 1998-2004.

Since retiring from District 153, Dr. West has served as an interim administrator (assistant principal, principal or superintendent) for several suburban Chicago school districts, including Glenview Public School District 34, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, River Forest Public School District 90 and Sunnybrook School District 171 (Lansing).  Dr. West is fluent in Spanish, and will serve as a welcome resource to our students, staff and parents. 

Dr. West will begin spending time at Lake Bluff Elementary School during the summer to start planning for next year.  Additional information about opportunities for parents and community members to meet and welcome Dr. West in August will be provided in the near future.

Joanne Trahanas, a certified administrator who has overseen the District's curriculum development for the past two years, will continue to maintain her office at Lake Bluff Elementary School throughout 2013-2014.  Previously, Ms. Trahanas taught grades six through eight for 20 years, before serving as a writing consultant, assistant principal, principal and curriculum director for a number of suburban school districts.

As previously announced, Tracy Roehrick, who has served as a behavior intervention specialist at Lake Bluff Elementary School for four years, will assume responsibilities as assistant principal effective July 1.  Tracy's areas of emphasis will include special education, such as helping to facilitate Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings; she will also work closely with Dr. West and Ms. Trahanas on teacher evaluation.

I will work closely with Dr. West, Ms. Roehrick and Ms. Trahanas to facilitate a smooth transition.  There is great stability among our dedicated and professional faculty members at Lake Bluff Elementary, and I am confident our students and staff will have a great 2013-2014 academic year.

On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I thank you for your support of Lake Bluff School District 65.

Dr. Jean Sophie
Superintendent, Lake Bluff School District 65