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New C.E. Miller principal 'ready to watch students grow'

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 4:12 p.m. CDT
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Edith River, the new principal of C.E Miller Elementary School in Westmont, poses for a photo Friday.

WESTMONT –As the 2013-14 school year approaches, the Community Unit School District 201 Board of Education has announced there will be a new face at C.E. Miller Elementary School.

Edith Rivera was appointed principal of the school at a recent board meeting. Before coming to Westmont, Rivera was the assistant principal of Roy School in Manheim School District 83 in Franklin Park.

She also has a background in bilingual teaching and bilingual directing, according to the district.

Why did you want to become a school principal?

I’m passionate for education and children. If I can transmit that to teachers and kids, I feel that’s an important role.

What brought you to Westmont?

I’ve heard it’s a smaller district. I like the idea of a unit school and how a kindergarten teacher can see the kids go through the system. I love the new relationships and working in a district where I can get to know the families and children really well.

What goals do you have for your first year at Miller?

One of my goals and priorities is to build relationships and get to know the staff, families and community members. To learn about Miller, what makes it an amazing place and getting to know what the school is all about is my top priority.

What challenges are you anticipating?

Being my first year, it’s going to be a lot to take in at first and just ensuring that the teachers and students feel that they can begin to trust me. I just need to be sure I’m as visible as possible and making sure I don’t get overwhelmed.

What do you think will be the key to a successful school year?

Definitely working together and having the opportunity for all the stakeholders to voice what their expectation is of me and then me knowing what to do to ensure that it will be successful.

What’s your favorite part of your job in education?

The students. Being able to just see them flourish and grow and be excited to be at school, having the opportunity to witness that is just the reason I’m here.

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