Payton’s principal leaving

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      Happy But Concerned

      We are very happy our child was admitted to Payton. We just found out that current principal Mr. Devine is leaving and the school is about to hire a new principal. We don’t know that much about Mr. Devine but we are truly impressed what he did for Payton and Northside where he was principal before Payton. Both schools became top schools in state.
      Should we be concerned that Payton is loosing him or a new principal could be a positive change for the school?
      We are very curious about your opinions specially from Payton’s parents but will appreciate all opinions.
      Anyone knows in  which school Mr. Devine will be a principal?



    • #10756 Reply

      Not a Payton parent but you dont have to worry the academic momentum of Payton will keep going forward the staff is great and the students are highly motivated so it will continue to excel congrats on your child getting accepted.

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      Happy But Concerned

      Jazzman – thank you for your warm wards! I really appreciate it.

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      Dear LVHS Community,

      I am excited to share with you that I have accepted the principal position at Walter Payton College Prep and will be transitioning to that role at the end of this school year. I am eager to apply everything I’ve learned from the administrative team, teachers, families, and students at Lake View to my work at Payton. And I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve already received as people have learned of this news.

      The decision to pursue and accept this opportunity was a difficult one. Lake View has been my home for the past two years and in my time here I’ve been deeply affected by the dedicated and caring people with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work, and the amazing students I’ve served. I’ve had moments of joy and inspiration every day as I walked down the halls, popped into classrooms, collaborated with teachers, planned with the administrative team, or spent time with my own students in the course I taught.

      I also want to acknowledge that I’m leaving without a proper goodbye. There are no hugs and high-fives, no last-day send-offs, no in-person celebrations for any of us. In this time of the Covid-19 Crisis, we’re all left with a lack of closure for this year and anxiety about what’s to come. And for that, my heart is heavy. I find solace in the ways we have worked to support one another and take care during this unprecedented time. I take pride in the dedication and innovation I have seen over the past six weeks. I find hope in the perseverance of teachers and students in the face of adversity.

      And while I may be leaving Lake View to lead my own school, this community will always have a place in my heart. After all, Lake View High School is HOME.

      With heartfelt appreciation and esteem,
      Melissa Resh

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