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New Meadowview principal talks plans for school year

WOODRIDGE – To Regina Leeberg, seeing her students engaged in learning is the best part of being a principal.

Leeberg is the new principal at Meadowview School, coming over to Woodridge School District 68 after tenures in Bolingbrook’s Valley View School District 365U and Lisle School District 202.

“I’m honored to be part of a top-notch school district in which we are carrying out academic plans to truly prepare students for college and careers,” Leeberg said.

Leeberg plans on getting the school more involved with the community this year.

“Anything from inviting outside agencies to getting parents involved in programs,” Leeberg said. “We’re in the Woodridge Memorial Day Parade in the spring and we plan to invite Junior Achievement to come in and help the students learn about careers.”

Why did you want to become a principal? When I was a teacher, I began to do workshops for other teachers and I saw the impact I had on kids and teachers. At that time, I knew I wanted to be in a leadership role ... To really be part of leading and carrying out the visions of the building and so I can impact teachers who in turn impact students.

How have the first few weeks been so far? Absolutely excellent. We’ve had a very smooth start this year. The teachers are focused and we know where we’re going and they’re carrying it out from day one. One of our primary goals is to form strong, caring relationships so we’ve spent the first few weeks ensuring that.

What did you want to come to Woodridge? Woodridge has an excellent reputation for academic achievement. They really, truly care about students and base decisions on the best interest of those students. Woodridge is somewhat small so we can get to know the families and students and be involved within the community.

What types of goals do you have at Meadowview? My goal is to create a culture of community achievement based on the belief that every child has the right to be prepared to attend college and the adults have the responsibility to prepare the kids... To create an environment and culture that prepares students for college and careers.

What challenges are you anticipating? I don’t know if it’s a challenge but a change in the way we think and to really dig deep and see those instruction shifts in the classroom... shifts that teachers have to implement... We’re going deeper with the concepts and requiring students to do more thinking.

What needs to happen for this to be a successful year? Basically forming those relationships with the parents, students and teachers so we can collectively work to carry out the mission. Parents know the vision and mission in the child’s education so they know how to support that.

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