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College of Education alumna credits Roosevelt for success as school administrator

Posted: 09/04/2012
Roosevelt University alumna Leatrice Satterwhite is a successful school administrator who credits the College of Education with preparing her well for a career as a school principal and special education administrator.

Satterwhite, who received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Roosevelt in 1999, recently was named assistant director for special education at School District U-46 in Elgin, which is the second largest school district in Illinois.

Previously, Satterwhite had been the coordinating supervisor of support programs and services for Prince George County Public Schools in Maryland. After graduating from Roosevelt, she was assistant principal and then principal for five years at Tilton Elementary School in Chicago.  In all, she worked for 10 years in the Chicago Public Schools.
“Roosevelt gave me a well-rounded experience and offered a rigorous program in which the rigor truly paid off,” said Satterwhite, a native of Sycamore, Ill., who is happy to have returned home to the region after spending five years in the Maryland school system.  “The program at Roosevelt helped me to be a successful administrator, it gave me a strong foundation and it provided me with contacts through my College of Education cohort, many whom I still  talk with today,” said Satterwhite.

At School District U-46, Satterwhite is responsible for the screening and hiring of special education teaching staff, related service providers, school psychologists, para-interventionists and para-professionals.  In addition, she supervises physically handicapped itinerants, parochial schools services, high school special education divisionals and special education supervisors. The district currently has more than 5,000 students who have special education needs.

Satterwhite is also currently working on a doctorate in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University.  “I can’t say enough about the Roosevelt University experience and the doors that it has opened for me,” she said.