In an announcement at 7:30 a.m. this morning, Dr. Lazaro Lopez, principal, announced that he will move on to Associate Superintendent for teaching and learning for District 214 and will no longer be WHS’s principal as of July 1.
“As I have been passionate, driven and fearless about my work here for each of you, what brings me some solace and excitement is the reality that I will still be doing what I do best with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education), partnerships, grants and helping to support relevance in the classroom on a broader scale at all six of our high schools and alternative schools,” Dr. Lopez said.
Dr. Lopez has held the role of principal for the last six years and led the effort of a “STEM for ALL” initiative, which provides students of all ability levels access to “21st century skills” such as problem solving, teamwork, scientific inquiry, technology and communication within curriculum.
He will continue to be personally involved in seeing Wheeling’s nanotechnology laboratory and curriculum programs come to fruition.
“I will still be now and always a Wildcat at heart,” Dr. Lopez said.
Lopez was recently named this year’s High School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association.
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