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The College of Education is very pleased to announce that Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, a 1999 alumna of our Educational Administration and Supervision Program, has been named a member of the 2017 Class of National Distinguished Principals. National Distinguished Principals are awarded every October in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). NAESP honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities. 

Ms. Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek was one of only five principals nationally to earn this award in the category of private schools.

2017 has been quite a year for Ms. Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek. 

In May 2017, she was selected by the Golden Apple Foundation as the recipient of the 2017 Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. The award honors the exemplary performance of a PreK-12th grade principal or head of school from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. 

This is the second consecutive year that a Roosevelt alum has won this prestigious award. Last year, Dana Butler, a 1998 graduate of our Educational Administration and Supervision Program, earned the award for his leadership as principal at Ruiz Elementary School in Pilsen.

Ms. Cavallone-Jurek is deeply involved in every aspect of her school, from shoveling snow, to serving lunch, to teaching classes. She communicates a clear vision to the school community and leads by example. In 2004 when Ms. Cavallone-Jurek began as principal, St. Therese Chinese Catholic School was on the verge of closure, due to underperformance and declining enrollment. Today, the school is at full enrollment with a long waiting list and is much admired by other schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Under her leadership, the school has won numerous prestigious awards including the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2011). 

As the 2017 Golder Leadership Award recipient, Ms. Cavallone-Jurek received a cash award of $10,000 to be used for her own professional development and a school project of her choosing.

Ms. Cavallone-Jurek was recognized at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership annual event on May 20, 2017.   Click here to learn more about her and to view the broadcast.

Congratulations, Ms. Cavallone-Jurek!

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