Lake Zurich Middle School prinicipal to take helm at Attea

Mark Richter | Provided

GLENVIEW — The Glenview School District 34 School Board of Education has selected Lake Zurich Middle School North Principal Mark Richter to be the new principal of Attea Middle School.

Richter, who will replace former Principal Jim Woell, was selected over 47 other applicants, and was among the top three who were interviewed separately by parent/teacher and administrator groups and the superintendent.

Interview teams described Richter as “student-centered, focused on individual growth, thoughtful and well-rounded with experience in a vareity of roles,” according to District 34.

When he begins the 2014-15 school year with Attea, Richter will be responsible for providing instructional leadership for the school, helping implement the curriculum and board policies, communicating with the school community and promoting programs and activities that “enhance the health, welfare and safety of the students.”

“I think there’s sort of a common and wonderful challenge for all schools to figure out strategic ways to serve each and every student, and to have the flexibility and the strategies as a learning organization to meet all of those needs is a wonderful challenge that I’ve always looked forward to,” Richter said.

Richter is eager to have his assumptions challenged by his new colleagues, who have experienced education in a way that Attea is accustomed to, and to help Attea Middle School meet the unique needs of its student population.

He’s also looking forward to working closer to Highland Park, where he lives with his family.

Richter has spent the past 11 years at Middle School North in Lake Zurich School District 95–three years as a language arts teacher, another three as assistant principal and the last five as principal. Before District 95, he was an English and drama teacher for five years at Waukegan High School in School District 60.

In 2010, he was nominated to receive the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Educator of the Year Award.

Richter has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is currently working toward a doctorate from DePaul University in educational leadership.

In his time with Middle School South, District 95 Superintendent Mike Egan said that Richter embraced and modeled the school district’s mission–to inspire all students to be passionate, continuous learners and to prepare them with the skills needed to flourish in a global community.

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