Dr. Alexandra Nicholson has served as Superintendent of Schools for West Northfield School District 31 since July 1, 2007. She joined District 31 after 31 years of experience in education. Superintendent Nicholson began her career as a classroom teacher and acting principal in Tinley Park Community Consolidated School District 146, teaching grades 1, 2, 5 and 6 for 11 years. She then served as a principal in Park Ridge Niles Community Consolidated School District 64 for eight years, as an educational consultant for Strategic Studies for one year, and as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Acting Superintendent for Niles Elementary School District 71 for 11 years, bringing her total experience in education to 42 years.
Superintendent Nicholson earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Xavier College in Oak Lawn, Illinois, with a double major of education and psychology, as well as certificates in K-9 teaching, 6-12 teaching, and family studies. She earned her Master of Science in Education from Purdue University with a concentration in Administration and Supervision, as well as Illinois and Indiana K-12 administrative certificates. Superintendent Nicholson completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Illinois superintendent certification from National Louis University. Dr. Nicholson earned all college and graduate level degrees with honors.
Under Dr. Nicholson's leadership, improvements have included, but have not been limited to, the development of the District's first and second formal Strategic Plans and first formal Five-Year Technology Plans, which resulted in one-to-one student technology, Common Core math, Common Core English language arts, Next Generation Science, Spanish and Korean bilingual programs, a new middle school program, full-day kindergarten, a blended preschool program, shared leadership, and Professional Learning Communities. Dr. Nicholson is directly responsible for the Board of Education, administrative evaluations, personnel, parent and community relations, legal matters, municipal partnerships, strategic planning, union relations, as well as overseeing curriculum, instruction, student assessment, and educational programming. She also is responsible for overseeing facility management, policy development, professional development, District finances, school management, special education, student services and more. Dr. Nicholson played a major role in the passing of District 31's educational referendum and is currently overseeing the two-year renovation project at both Winkelman and Field Schools.
Superintendent Nicholson currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the mother of two daughters, Alexis and Melina. Alexis has earned a Bachelor's degree from George Washington University in Washington DC, where she studied international politics, and a Master of Philosophy in modern middle eastern studies from Oxford University in England. Melina is married and resides in Arlington Heights with her husband.
Dr. Nicholson has a passion for education. As Superintendent of West Northfield School District 31, she considers it a privilege to serve the communities of Northbrook and Glenview. Dr. Nicholson believes that children are the world's most precious and greatest resource, and that it is her mission in life to lead high quality educational services that prepare every child for tomorrow's world by working together with staff, parents, and the community to inspire the minds of students and build their futures.
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