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William Seidelmann Named Principal of SD170's New Middle School

William Seidelmann was appointed as the Principal of Chicago Heights School District 170's new middle school by the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Monday, May 13th.

Seidelmann, who currently serves as Principal at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort, will assume his new position on July 1st.

"We are very excited to welcome Will to District 170 and believe that his appointment as principal is the first step in creating a superb staff for the middle school," said Board President Sam Costello.

"Will's experience as the principal of a Blue Ribbon School, combined with his wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy will be a tremendous asset in maximizing the learning environment at our new middle school!" added Superintendent Tom Amadio.

In addition to his tenure as Principal of Hickory Creek for the past four years, Seidelmann has served as an assistant principal at Conrady Jr. High School in Hickory Hills, as a Special Education teacher at Plainfield High School, and as a Foundations Class instructor at Eastern Illinois University.

Seidelmann revealed that upon learning about the position as the middle school principal in School District 170, he was intrigued by the possibilities afforded by such an opportunity.

"I realized that having the chance to work in a new environment with students, staff, parents, and community liaisons in developing a collaborative and strong foundation for educational excellence would be amazing," he explained.

"I welcome the opportunity to help guide and lead the Chicago Heights Middle School staff in making a positive impact on the community and on the lives of our students."

Seidelmann added that he has a catalog of ideas for the new school that stems from his experience with and observations of dozens of middle schools in a variety of communities.

"I have been a member of the Horizon Schools to Watch Committee, have participated in many site visits to pilot new programs at my current school, and have audited other buildings to offer guidance to colleagues who have asked for help with scheduling," he said.

"I look forward to incorporating elements learned from those diverse activities along with ideas from the school and community families to implement programs and activities that we believe will have the most positive impact on our students."

During his tenure at Hickory Creek Middle School, the school earned recognition as a Horizon School to Watch Model Middle School and, most recently, as a 2018 Blue Ribbon School.

Seidelmann believes that that successful experience will prove of great benefit in Chicago Heights.

"We have earned lots of awards and have been able to host other middle schools to help educators improve instructional delivery, maximize instructional time, and increase Math and ELA scores."

Seidelmann trusts that his work with those schools and the growth that resulted from those efforts will provide a blueprint for the skills and tools that he will use with his staff in Chicago Heights in rethinking and reimagining the middle school experience.

"There is little doubt, however, that it is vitally important that my new staff believes that I enjoy hearing from my teachers concerning their visions for student programs," he added.

"I am very aware that what works in some buildings may not work in others and that what works with one staff may not work with another."

"I am a teacher at heart and know that everyone learns and works differently, and I am excited to facilitate this learning and to be trusted to lead the staff and students at the Chicago Heights Middle School," he concluded.

Mary Kay Entsminger, CHSD170's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, was excited about Seidelmann's hiring as the first step in a new epoch of education for the district.

"During the interview process Will came across as an outstanding and conscientious educator who is committed to attaining excellence in every aspect of the administrative experience," she said.

"His exceptional body of work is revealed by his accomplishments in the diverse elements of the academic and team-building spheres and bodes well for his success as principal of the district's new middle school."

Seidelmann earned his Bachelor's degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University, his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and his Director of Special Education Endorsement from Lewis University.


William Seidelmann fue nombrado Director de la nueva escuela secundaria del Distrito Escolar 170 de Chicago por la Junta de Educación en su reunión regular el lunes 13 de mayo.

Seidelmann, quien actualmente se desempeña como Director en la Escuela Intermedia Hickory Creek en Frankfort, asumirá su nuevo cargo el 1 de julio.

"Estamos muy emocionados de dar la bienvenida a Will al Distrito 170 y creemos que su nombramiento como director es el primer paso para crear un personal excelente para la escuela intermedia", dijo el presidente de la Junta, Sam Costello.

"La experiencia de Will como director de una Blue Ribbon School, combinada con su riqueza de conocimientos, entusiasmo y energía, será una gran ventaja para maximizar el entorno de aprendizaje en nuestra nueva escuela intermedia". Agregó el superintendente Tom Amadio.

Además de su mandato como director de Hickory Creek durante los últimos cuatro años, Seidelmann se ha desempeñado como subdirector en la escuela secundaria Conrady Jr. en Hickory Hills, como profesor de educación especial en la escuela secundaria Plainfield y como instructor de la clase de fundaciones en Universidad de Eastern Illinois.

Seidelmann reveló que al enterarse de la posición como director de la escuela intermedia en el Distrito Escolar 170, se sintió intrigado por las posibilidades que ofrece esa oportunidad.

"Me di cuenta de que tener la oportunidad de trabajar en un nuevo entorno con los estudiantes, el personal, los padres y los enlaces comunitarios para desarrollar una base sólida y de colaboración para la excelencia educativa sería increíble", explicó Seidelmann.

"Agradezco la oportunidad de ayudar a guiar y dirigir al personal de la Escuela Intermedia Chicago Heights para que tenga un impacto positivo en la comunidad y en la vida de nuestros estudiantes".

Seidelmann explicó que tiene un catálogo de ideas para la nueva escuela que se deriva de su experiencia y observaciones de docenas de escuelas intermedias en una variedad de comunidades.

"He sido miembro del Comité de Vigilancia de Horizon Schools, he participado en muchas visitas a sitios piloto para nuevos programas en mi escuela actual y he auditado otros edificios para ofrecer orientación a los colegas que han pedido ayuda con la programación", dijo.

"Espero incorporar elementos aprendidos de esas actividades diversas junto con ideas de la escuela y la comunidad de la comunidad para implementar programas y actividades que creemos que tendrán el impacto más positivo en nuestros estudiantes".

Durante su permanencia en Hickory Creek Middle School, la escuela obtuvo el reconocimiento como Horizon School para ver la Model Middle School y, más recientemente, como 2018 Blue Ribbon School.

Seidelmann cree que esa experiencia exitosa será de gran beneficio en Chicago Heights.

"Hemos ganado muchos premios y hemos podido ser anfitriones de otras escuelas intermedias para ayudar a los educadores a mejorar la entrega de instrucción, maximizar el tiempo de instrucción y aumentar las calificaciones de matemáticas y ELA".

Seidelmann confía en que su trabajo con esas escuelas y el crecimiento que resultó de esos esfuerzos proporcionarán un plan para las habilidades y herramientas que utilizará con su personal en Chicago Heights para reimaginar y repensar la experiencia de la escuela intermedia.

"Sin embargo, hay pocas dudas de que es de vital importancia que mi nuevo personal crea que me gusta escuchar a mis maestros sobre sus visiones para los programas estudiantiles", anotó.

"Estoy muy consciente de que lo que funciona en algunos edificios puede no funcionar en otros y que lo que funciona con un personal puede no funcionar con otro", continuó.

"Soy un maestro de corazón y sé que todos aprenden y trabajan de manera diferente, y estoy emocionado por facilitar este aprendizaje y por confiar en liderar el personal y los estudiantes de la Escuela Intermedia Chicago Heights".

Mary Kay Entsminger, Asistente del Superintendente de Currículo e Instrucción de CHSD170, estaba entusiasmada con la contratación de Seidelmann como el primer paso en una nueva época de educación para el distrito.

"Durante el proceso de la entrevista, Will se convirtió en un educador sobresaliente y concienzudo que se compromete a alcanzar la excelencia en todos los aspectos de la experiencia administrativa", dijo.

"Su excepcional cuerpo de trabajo se revela por sus logros en los diversos elementos de las esferas académicas y de formación de equipos y es un buen augurio para su éxito como director de la nueva escuela intermedia del distrito".

Seidelmann obtuvo su licenciatura en educación de la Eastern Illinois University, su maestría en liderazgo educativo de la Concordia University, y su director de endoso de educación especial de la Lewis University.