School District 65 officials say Chris McDermott, principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Evanston, announced plans this week to retire at the end of the month.

Faculty, staff and school PTA executive board members met with district administration in meetings at the school to discuss her announcement.

Superintendent Hardy Murphy said McDermott “has been an integral part of the Lincoln School family, and all of us will miss her.”

Murphy says that through October, Concepción Calderón, the district’s bilingual curriculum coordinator, will begin to work part time at Lincoln and will serve as the interim principal beginning in November.

Murphy says Calderón has more than ten years of experience as an educaor and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education, a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree in commerce and marketing from DePaul University.

She spent two years teaching at Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language in Chicago, eight years at Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual Center in Chicago in various positions ranging from classroom teacher, bilingual lead teacher and lead teacher mentor, gifted coordinator and member of the local school council,

At the bilingual center she was also assigned the duties and responsibilities of assistant principal during a transition period at the school.

Next spring a principal search committee of teachers, the union representative, parents and administrators will interview candidates from a national search to fill the principal’s position at Lincoln.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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