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D. 202 approves new Ridge principal, Aux Sable asst. principal

    Two longtime District 202 educators will assume new leadership positions next school year.

The Board of Education at its May 10, 2021 regular meeting named current Creekside Elementary School Assistant Principal Kyle Harej as the new principal at Ridge Elementary School; and current Aux Sable Middle School science teacher and principal intern Elizabeth Simonic as Aux Sable’s new assistant principal.

Both will start July 1, 2021 in their new roles.

Harej will replace Dr. Stacey DiBitetto, who was recently named principal at District 202’s newest elementary school, Wallin Oaks. Simonic will replace current Aux Sable Assistant Principal Lisa Lipinski, who has accepted a position in another district.

Harej and Simonic both started their education careers in District 202.

Harej served as a 4th and 5th grade special education teacher at Meadow View Elementary School from 2008-2010, then as a special education teacher at Eichelberger Elementary from 2010-2014.

He served as assistant principal at River View Elementary from 2014-2019 before moving to his current role at Creekside in 2019.

“Mr. Harej is an experienced educator and administrator with strong leadership skills,” said Dr. Scott Fink, director for elementary administration and personnel. “We expect he will do a great job and will help Ridge continue to grow and improve,” he said.

Harej said he is thrilled for the new opportunity. “I am excited to be part of the great culture at Ridge as we continue to provide our students with the very best education possible,” he said.

Simonic started her career as a science teacher at Plainfield East High School from 2016-2019. She has taught science at Aux Sable Middle since 2019 while also serving as an instructional coach and principal intern since 2018.

“We had 70 applicants for this job, and Elizabeth rose to the top, and I look forward to working with her on our team,” said Aux Sable Principal Dr. Christian Rivara.


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