Get to Know Our Administration!

  • Meet Our Assistant Principal:

    Q & A with Dr.McGhee

    Q: What is one thing you are most proud of?

    A: I am most proud of my daughter Maya.  She has always been and continues to be a straight A student who strives to be a better person.  She is a beautiful,      talented and respectful young lady!

    Q: Why did you want to become an administrator?

    A: I wanted to become an administrator to pass on the knowledge that I gained as a classroom teacher.  I wanted to be able to directly help teachers improve        their practice.

    Q: What do you like most about being the Assistant Principal of Washington McKinley School?  

    A: I’m proud to be giving back to the community that I grew up in.  Our kids touch my heart and I would rather be here than anywhere else.

    Q: What are some ways that you connect with your school community?

    A: I have served on The South Suburban SAPP Coalition Team, I have volunteered for WMK PTO’s events such as the Valentine’s Day Bash and OcktoberFest.  I      have also collaborated with The Smile for Nikki Foundation that offers free programs in the arts for children of our community.  It has also been very                  important for me to support our students in extracurricular activities so I have attended soccer, basketball, flag football and volleyball games.

    Dr. McGhee has served in district 170 for 12 years, 10 years as a middle school teacher and 2 years as Assistant Principal.  In 2015 she earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.  Her goal is to be a principal, and then superintendent.  The one question that guides her practice is and always will be “What’s best for kids?”

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  • Meet Our Principal:

    Q & A with 

    Dr. Sutherland

    Q: What is one thing you are most proud of?

    A: I am tremendously proud of being the principal of Washington-McKinley school.  I am proud of the dedication I see everyday throughout our school

    Q: Why did you want to become a principal?

    A: I became a principal because a principal is a teacher and a leader.  I have a  strong passion to lead and serve others.  

    Q: What do you like most about being the Principal of Washington McKinley school?

    A: The best part of being a principal is helping others learn.  I enjoy the relationships I have with our staff, students and families.  The people I get the privilege      of working with each day make my job the best!

    Q: What are some ways that you connect with your school community?

     

    A: I attend school and community events.  I also have many friends and family that live in our community.  I have been part of the Chicago Heights community      for over 20 years.

  •  Meet our Dean of Students:

    Q & A with Ms.Smith

    Q: What is one thing you are most proud of?

    A: Regardless of my past or what other people have said about what I would become.  I have continued to push, set goals, and accomplish them.  I’m most            proud that I am learning to be happy just being me not, what I do.  

    Q: Why did you want to become an administrator?

    A: I loved working with teachers students and parents as a social worker but noticed that there were programs missing or ones that didn’t relate or were not          effective. I wanted to help create and provide what’s needed for the students and families.  

    Q: What do you love most about being the Dean of Washington McKinley school?

    A: I love spending time with the students in and out of class -watching them understand something that used to be difficult.  I equally enjoy participating in           collaborative moments with our staff.   I love seeing others laugh and learn new things from each other.