Dear Regent students, families, faculty, staff and community members,
It is equal parts excitement and humility that I accepted the offer to be the leader of such a storied high school as Madison West. As your school leader, I know that I will learn a great deal from each of you regarding not just your work, but also your personal vision of how your role supports the best outcome for Madison West students.
My journey toward this position has given me many opportunities to work with the existing strengths of great teachers and teams and supporting their work become more focused, more energized, and produced some amazing results that have had significant impact on the post-secondary opportunities for all students. I look forward to having those conversations with you when we meet. For now, however, know that I am aware of the great strengths of this school community and the successful efforts you have taken in the past few years to address areas of challenge. I look forward to joining those conversations and providing support so that those efforts are even more productive.
I have served the Chicago Public Schools as a reading specialist, a reading coach, a leadership coach, the Director of High School Curriculum, the Senior Manager of 6-12 Literacy, and as the assistant principal and principal of John Hancock College Prep. My focus, working through leadership and collaborative teacher teams, has always been to make sure that ALL kids have the best possible access to post-secondary success. My promise to you is that will not change.
Of all of my accomplishments, however, I am most proud of my family. I am married to Richard for 32 years, and we have two grown sons: one who lives in Evanston (close to my husband and me on Chicago’s north side) and the other who is a teacher at the submarine naval base in Kings Bay, GA. I am an avid reader, hiker and knitter, and my husband and I love to travel.
It is with great sadness that I finish my time at Hancock. It has been my family for all these years. I am looking forward to meeting you on May 1st and 2nd, working with you over the summer, and becoming part of your family this fall. I’ll have an entry plan to share with you in the near future.
My first day with Madison West was Wednesday, July 5th. If you happen to be in the building, stop by. My door is always open.
Karen Boran, Ed.D.