This will be Laura Pinsof's parking spot in less than two weeks.

It’s not a 100% homecoming for Laura Pinsof, but it’s pretty close.

Pinsof was named recently as the new principal of Lincolnwood Elementary School in Evanston/Skokie District 65. As a child, Pinsof attended District 65’s Lincoln Elementary, less than four miles from where she will now be the boss.

Laura Pinsof.

Pinsof also went to Nichols Middle School, and is a graduate of Evanston Township High School.

Her career in education began in New York City, as an assistant teacher.

Over the past couple of decades, Pinsof has been a high school teacher at New Trier, as well as the director of an early childhood center in Chicago, and, most recently, as an instructional coach and learning systems coordinator in the Chicago Public School System.

In a District 65 message to the community, Superintendent Devon Horton described Pinsof as having “an unwavering focus on nurturing student and staff growth and well-being,” and said she’s someone who “leads with compassion, joy and humility.”

Pinsof is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She also participated in the District 65 Aspiring Leaders Program.

Pinsof replaces Max Weinberg, who is leaving District 65 after four year as principal at Lincolnwood.

The elementary school has about 350 students, grade K-5.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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