A Message from the Principal
Dear Washington Families:
Welcome to Washington's 2017-2018 school year! Our teachers and support staff are dedicated, caring professionals who take a personal interest in every child and strive to meet their academic and social/emotional needs. As you walk our halls and visit our classrooms, you will find an exceptional environment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. With 30 languages are spoken at Washington, we truly celebrate that diversity!
Washington also stands out in its commitment to multi-age classrooms: students in 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades loop with their teacher to the next grade level. That means that on the first day of each school year, our teachers already have great insight into half the class's academic, social, and emotional characteristics, and can use this information to plan for instruction at students’ readiness levels. We also often notice significant gains among students from the lower grade level in each classroom due to teachers’ high expectations and the influence of their older peers who often act as mentors.
We are fortunate to have supportive parents who care about their children’s education and we welcome parent participation at school. Our PTO meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and all families are invited to attend.
At Washington School, we're committed to collaborating with families and community - because we recognize that together we can make a difference in the lives of the children here. We look forward to your support and encourage your participation in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance.
Your Partner in Education,
About Principal Anderson
Principal of Washington School since 2016, Ms. Anderson has a long history with District 63, where she worked from 2008-2013 before moving on to serve as Associate Principal of Student Services at Northshore District 112 in Highland Park. She began her career teaching kindergarten at St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows – and joined District 63 in 2008 as a special education/autism teacher at Washington.
During Ms. Anderson’s time at District 63, she also served as a Behavior Development Coach, Substitute Principal for both Melzer and Mark Twain Schools, and Principal for the District’s Summer School.
Principal Anderson holds a BA in elementary education from Wisconsin's Saint Norbert College and an MA in school leadership from Concordia University.