A 23-year veteran of CPS, Julie McGlade is committed to serving the principals, staff, students, and community members of Network 1; sharing her expertise as an educational leader to support teaching and learning; and fostering positive community engagement.
Julie has proudly served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and deputy chief of schools in Chicago. She began her teaching career at Daley ES and has served as the assistant principal of Clay ES and the principal of Garvey ES. Julie has hosted resident principals, served as a mentor to her fellow leaders, and participated in the Chicago Principals Fellowship Program.
Julie holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from Loyola University Chicago.
A 20-year veteran of CPS, Eduardo Cesario serves more than 12,000 students on the city’s north side. He began his career as a middle school teacher and then assumed the roles of assistant principal and principal.
As the principal of Clinton ES, Eduardo was selected as both a Chicago Principal Fellow and an Independent Schools Principal. Eduardo is a proud CPS parent who believes that every child can learn and be successful regardless of their ethnicity, zip code, or country of origin.
Eduardo holds a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Benedictine University.
A 19-year veteran of CPS, Jennifer Farrell-Rottman is grateful for the opportunity to support the work of students, families, educators, and administrators as the Chief of Network 3.
She has served Chicago’s students as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in both elementary and high schools. She also served as the deputy chief of schools for Network 8. Utilizing her counseling background, Jennifer led efforts to build cohesive plans that integrate social and emotional learning and intervention supports in her schools. She also fostered strong university and community partnerships and remains focused on the importance of positive student-teacher relationships in growing academic success.
Jennifer holds a master’s degree in counseling and has an administration endorsement from DePaul University. She is also currently completing her doctoral studies in educational leadership at DePaul University.
A product of CPS, William Klee provides principal development and academic leadership to the educators and students of Network 4. He believes in providing a culture of learning for all students and adults, developing and motivating highly-effective teams, facilitating instructional leadership, and fostering collaboration within school communities.
After six years as a CPS high school teacher, William took on a series of administrative roles in Chicago’s schools, including serving as the principal of Jonathan Burr ES. Under his leadership, Burr increased its enrollment, became a balanced literacy model school for CPS, and underwent substantial capital improvements.
William holds a master’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has a master’s degree in leadership from Concordia University and a master’s degree in educational leadership and management from National Louis University.
A 23-year veteran of CPS, Shontae Higginbottom serves the students and staff of Network 5 by providing leadership development and instructional support. Shontae is dedicated to developing lifelong learners who are equipped to compete in an internationally diverse society.
Shontae began her CPS career as a special education teacher, then assumed the roles of assistant principal and principal, most recently at Bouchet International ES. She shepherded the community at Bouchet through the process of becoming an IB World School and helped the school achieve and maintain a Level 1 school quality rating.
Shontae holds a master’s degree in special education from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in general administration from Concordia University.
Nicole Milberg provides leadership and instructional support to the staff and students of Network 6. Prior to becoming chief, Nicole served as principal of Mitchell ES. Under her leadership, Mitchell earned a Level 1+ school quality rating, was named an exemplary school by the CPS Office of Social-Emotional Learning, and was ranked among the top 15 CPS schools by Chicago Magazine.
Nicole has served as a new principal mentor, a resident principal mentor, a Chicago Principal Fellow, and an Independent Schools Principal. Before joining CPS, she taught in New Jersey and was a founding faculty member of a top-performing middle school in Washington, D.C.
Nicole holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management and a master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University.
As the Chief of Network 7, Minerva Garcia-Sanchez works with school communities to develop a pipeline for college and career achievement. Prior to this role, Minerva served as deputy chief of schools in networks 8 and 10 where she developed and monitored instructional leadership teams, bilingual education strategies, and best practices for instruction.
Minerva began her education career as a bilingual teacher and later served as an assistant director at the Area 7 Learning Technology Hub, where she supported the integration of technology throughout CPS schools. Minerva also served as deputy of the Office of Language and Cultural Education and was the founding principal of Hernandez MS in the Gage Park community.
Minerva holds master’s degrees in bilingual education and general administration from Chicago State University. She is working towards completing her doctorate in urban education policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Alvarez serves as the chief of Network 8, providing support and leadership to students and staff in 24 CPS schools.
A first-generation American, Liz began her education career as a sixth grade teacher in Chicago’s Little Village community. After 13 years in the classroom, she served as assistant principal and principal at Dore ES, where she took the school to a Level 1+ school quality rating.
Liz holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and another in instructional leadership from American College of Education. She also holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UIC. Liz is an active member of the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education and the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
Felicia Sanders is a proud graduate of CPS and has served as an educator in the district for the past 26 years. As the chief of Network 9, she offers research-based professional learning opportunities for teachers and is committed to providing differentiated support to help principals enhance their leadership capacity and leverage their expertise to improve student outcomes.
Prior to this role, Felicia served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and deputy chief in CPS. As a principal, she helped decrease negative behavior among students and celebrated a 150 percent jump in achievement scores. As deputy chief, Felicia provided individual coaching to principals in data analysis and instructional monitoring. She also led professional development and helped principals develop effective systems and structures for academic growth.
Felicia holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Chicago State University.
A 16-year veteran of CPS, Bogdana Chkoumbova is the chief of Network 10, providing support to 35 principals as they work to strengthen the academic foundation for their students.
Bogdana began her CPS career as a special education teacher at Chopin ES. She was then awarded a principal internship at Disney Magnet School and was eventually selected to open Disney II. Under her leadership, Disney II consistently performed in the top 10 percent of all Illinois public high schools and achieved the School of Excellence designation from the Illinois State Board of Education. Disney II also received the Breakthrough Schools Grant for its innovative strategy to support personalized learning.
Bogdana holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Governor’s State University. She is currently completing her doctorate in educational leadership from Western Illinois University.
A native Chicagoan, Dr. Julious Lawson believes in creating school communities that are built on optimism and hope to transform the experience of children living in poverty. Julious was raised in Chicago’s Englewood community, where he experienced firsthand the inequity that exists for children in low-income communities. He has dedicated his career to ending that inequity by helping students realize their ability to be successful in school and beyond.
Julious served as a middle school teacher and assistant principal before being named principal of Montefiore ES. He transformed this struggling school into a safe space that focused on learning. He achieved a similar turnaround as principal of Pullman ES, which achieved a Level 1+ rating under his leadership.
Julious holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Chicago State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
A proud product of CPS, Shenethe Parks has served the children of CPS for 20 years. Shenethe began her career as a middle school teacher at Ray ES and then served as the assistant principal of Cantor MS, the principal of Bret Harte ES, and the deputy chief of Network 3. She has also served as a mentor principal and participated in both the Chicago Principals Fellowship and the Cahn Fellowship Program to help build her leadership skills.
Shenethe has grounded her work in keeping the best interest of students at the forefront. She attributes the success of her schools to working collaboratively with educators, building leadership capacity, and partnering with parents and community members around the education of her students.
Shenethe holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University.
As the chief of Network 13, Dr. Cheryl Watkins provides leadership and instructional support to principals who are working to improve the educational outcomes of more than 17,000 students.
Cheryl previously served as a special education teacher, teacher facilitator, district administrator, and the founding principal of Pershing West MS. Cheryl has also served on the boards of Advance Illinois, Cornerstone Academy, and the Golden Apple Foundation. She has received numerous awards for her work as an educator, including the Golden Apple Award, the Milken Award for Excellence in Education, and the Albin & Young Fellowship Award for Special Education.
Cheryl holds a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In her new role as chief of schools, Laura LeMone is committed to serving the principals, faculty, staff, families, and communities of Network 14. Her priority is to continue enhancing supports for post-secondary so that students of all levels are challenged to do their best.
Laura began her career with CPS in 2004 as an English teacher at Benito Juarez Community Academy, where she later became assistant principal. Laura also served as principal of Von Steuben for four years. Under her leadership, Von Steuben achieved a Level 1+ school quality rating during the 2015-16 school year and continued to grow in subsequent years. As a principal, Laura was proud to serve as a mentor to new principals and to participate in the Chicago Principal Fellows program.
Laura holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Northeastern Illinois University, a master’s degree in history from Loyola University of Chicago, and a doctorate in urban education and leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Randel Josserand previously served as the chief of Network 3, where he implemented innovative strategies to improve struggling schools and saw more than half of his assigned schools move up one or more school quality ratings. Randel is now responsible for managing one of the four CPS networks devoted specifically to the needs of Chicago’s high school students.
Randel has received state and national recognition for improving schools and has presented at national conferences on topics ranging from guided reading to performance management.
Randel holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Fort Hays State University. He has completed all degree requirements, except the dissertation, toward a doctorate in educational psychology at Kansas State University. He has also taken advanced coursework in educational administration from Washburn University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Megan Hougard previously served as the Chief of Network 11, where she worked with students, teachers, and principals from 44 CPS schools. She is now responsible for managing one of the four CPS networks devoted specifically to the needs of Chicago’s high school students.
Megan previously taught at Chicago’s South Shore High School, served as resident principal at Kenwood Academy, and was the assistant principal at Harper High School. She led the development and opening of two CPS high schools – Sarah Goode and Back of the Yards – and was then promoted to deputy chief, and eventually chief, of Network 11.
Megan holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in educational leadership from National Louis University.
Dr. Erick Pruitt re-joined CPS in 2018 after serving as an area superintendent for the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Erick is now responsible for managing one of the four CPS networks devoted specifically to the needs of Chicago’s high school students.
Erick was a CPS teacher for seven years and the principal of O’Toole ES. Under his leadership, the students at O’Toole saw gains in both literacy and math through a focused effort on expanding access to technology, improving school culture, and strengthening relationships with parents and community partners. Erick also served as a deputy network chief in CPS.
Erick holds a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Chicago and a doctorate in education from National Louis University.