The Evanston/Skokie School District 65 board has named Erik Friedman the new principal of Walker Elementary School in Skokie.
Friedman, currently assistant principal at Washington Elementary School in Evanston, will replace Walker's retiring principal, Karen Evans. He starts his new job July 1.
Superintendent Hardy Murphy, in recommending Friedman to the board, called him a thoughtful leader whose work at Washington has been instrumental in that school's success.
“I have confidence that Mr. Friedman will help Walker Elementary School continue its strong support for families, faculty, and staff in their pursuit of academic excellence for all students at the school,” Murphy said.
Friedman was Interim assistant principal at Washington in 2010-11 and was as the school social worker at
Lincolnwood Elementary from August 2003 until 2010.
During the summers of 2008 and 2009, Friedman participated in graduate internships at Lincolnwood
Elementary in Evanston and Pleasant Ridge in Glenview. These internships provided an opportunity to plan, develop, and participate in student data review, teacher professional development designs, peer observation programs, and collaboration efforts with PTA presidents and others at the school.
Friedman holds a master's degree in school leadership from Concordia University, a master's degree in social sork from Loyola University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.
Top: The new principal shows off his new Walker Wolverines t-shirt. With him are, from left, Superintendent Hardy Murphy, retiring Walker Principal Karen Evans and School Board President Katie Bailey. (District 65 photo.)