Two new principals named in District 65

The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board tonight named new principals for Nichols Middle School and Lincolnwood Elementary School.

Sarah Mendez is the new principal at Nichols, replacing Gordon Hood who is retiring after 10 years as head of the middle school.

School Superintendent Hardy Murphy said Mendez has taught in District 65 since 2005. She’s currently the district’s bilingual education coordinator and has taught at Washington Elementary School.

She has a master’s degree from Concordia University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University and previously taught in the Chicago public schools.

Fred Hunter is the new principal at Lincolnwood, moving up from holding the position on an interim basis.

Hunter has taught at District 65 since beginning his teaching career in 2000.

He’s been a math teacher at Haven Middle School and an assistant principal at Haven.

He holds a master’s degree from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.

Hunter, who grew up in Evanston, said he benefitted from great support in the schools here as a and considers it an honor and privilege to be able to serve the community now as the school’s principal.

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