Julie McGlade, chief of Network 1, is committed to serving the principals, staff, students, and community members while supporting teaching and learning and fostering community engagement. She believes that students succeed in classrooms that have high academic expectations, are safe spaces for learning, and where administrators and staff work collaboratively to help all children achieve their educational goals.
Julie is a 25-year veteran of CPS who began her career as a middle school teacher at Richard J. Daley Elementary Academy. She was the assistant principal of Henry Clay and John W. Garvy Elementary School prior to her appointment as principal at Garvy. Prior to becoming chief, she served as deputy chief of the network. Julie has hosted resident principals, served as a mentor to her fellow leaders, and participated in the Chicago Principals Fellowship program.
Julie received both her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from Loyola University Chicago.
Mauricio Segovia serves as the chief of schools for Network 2. In this role, Mauricio ensures that all principals under his responsibility receive differentiated support needed to be successful in providing high-quality education experiences to every student.
Prior to this role, Mauricio served the students of CPS in various roles for over 25 years. He began his CPS career as a bilingual teacher, and after 10 years of success in the classroom, Mauricio served as a math differentiation coach. In 2007, he became the assistant principal of Enrico Tonti Elementary School and two years later went on to serve as the principal of Charles R. Darwin Elementary School for 11 years. During his tenure as principal, Mauricio spearheaded transformational change at Darwin, leading the school to a Level 1+ school rating and developing it as a standout in social-emotional learning practices.
Born and raised in Chile, Mauricio immigrated to the United States in 1991. He graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile with degrees in theology and philosophy and obtained two master’s degrees in Chicago; Arts of Teaching and Education Leadership and School Administration. In 2016, Mauricio was a finalist for the Golden Apple Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.
With over 20 years of experience in the district, Jennifer Farrell-Rottman is grateful for the opportunity to support the work of students, families, educators, and administrators as the Chief of Network 3. In her role, Jennifer utilizes her counseling background to develop trauma informed, responsive school cultures that promote positive student-teacher relationships and high-quality instruction. In addition, Jennifer values strong community partnerships and stakeholder engagement.
Jennifer has served Chicago’s students as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in both elementary and high schools. Under her leadership at McCutcheon and Edison Park Elementary, schools earned a Level 1+ school quality rating. She also served as the deputy chief of Network 8.
Jennifer earned a master’s degree in counseling and an administration endorsement, and is currently completing her doctoral studies in educational leadership at DePaul University.
As a CPS graduate, William Klee provides principal development and academic leadership to the educators and students of Network 4. He believes in creating a culture of learning for all students and staff members; developing and motivating highly-effective teams; facilitating instructional leadership; and fostering collaboration within school communities.
After six years with the district as a high school teacher, William took on a series of administrative roles with CPS, including serving as the principal of Jonathan Burr Elementary School. Under William’s 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, a master’s degree in leadership from Concordia University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership and management from National Louis University.
A 25-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 education career as a special education teacher and then served in assistant principal and principal roles, most recently at Edward A. Bouchet Math and Science Academy Elementary School. 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 serves as the chief of Network 6. She is grateful to have the opportunity to support school leaders, staff, and families across diverse communities on the near-West Side. Nicole works with schools to promote strong instructional leadership, collaborative environments, and holistic opportunities for all students to be successful.
Prior to becoming chief, Nicole served as principal of Ellen Mitchell Elementary School. Under her leadership, Mitchell earned a Level 1+ school quality rating, was named an exemplary school by the CPS Office of Social and Emotional Learning, and was ranked among the top 15 district 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 Newark, New Jersey and was a founding faculty member of a top-performing middle school in Washington, D.C.
Nicole holds a master of 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 with 25 years of service and a CPS graduate, Minerva Garcia-Sanchez works with school communities to develop a pipeline for college and career achievement. She currently serves the neighborhood she was raised in. Prior to this role, Minerva served as deputy chief of schools in Networks 8 and 10, where she developed and supported 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 Irene C. Hernández Middle School for the Advancement of Science in the Gage Park community.
Minerva holds master’s degrees in bilingual education and general administration from Chicago State University. She is currently completing her doctorate in urban education policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez serves as the chief of Network 8 and provides support, professional learning, and guidance to school leadership, staff, and students at CPS schools on the South and Southwest Sides.
Liz is a bilingual, urban school leader who brings multicultural awareness, gender sensitivity, and ethical appreciation to her leadership. She encourages staff, community, and students to achieve greatness in all they do and take pride in their school climate and culture. More importantly, she aims to instill a sense of belonging with a developed understanding of social emotional learning in schools so that learning is at the forefront and increased student achievement is inevitable.
After 13 years in the classroom as a middle school science teacher, Liz served as an instructional coach for two years and an assistant principal and principal at John C. Dore Elementary School, where she took the school to a Level 1+ school quality rating.
Liz holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago and another in instructional leadership from the American College of Education.
Felicia Sanders is a proud CPS graduate 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.
Dr. Alfonso Carmona serves as the chief of Network 10, where he provides support and guidance to CPS school leaders, teachers, and students in the city’s far-Southwest Side. Alfonso believes that every student—regardless of socioeconomic status or language—should have an opportunity to access high-quality education without needing to leave their own neighborhood.
Alfonso moved to the United States in 2000 and began an accomplished career as a teacher and leader with CPS. He educated bilingual students at James Hedges Elementary School and Inter-American Elementary Magnet School before completing the New Leaders Aspiring Principals program. Alfonso spent one school year as a resident principal and an additional year as an assistant principal before serving as the principal of Healy Elementary School for six years. Prior to rejoining CPS in 2019, Alfonso spent three years in Milwaukee managing a P–12 private school that serves primarily low-income students.
Alfonso holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cartagena in Colombia. He also holds two master’s degrees, one in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and another in instructional leadership from the American College of Education. Alfonso earned a doctorate in school administration from Western Illinois University.
Dr. Julious T. Lawson is the Chief of Schools at Network 11. He has served CPS for nearly twenty years and remains committed to improving schools by developing educators to build the instructional capacity of schools to accelerate student achievement outcomes. Dr. Lawson is unwavering in his belief that effective schools almost entirely overcome the effects of student backgrounds. He proudly leads schools in under-resourced communities where he was raised.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Lawson also served as CPS principal and deputy chief of schools in Network 11. Under his leadership at George M. Pullman Elementary School, after only three years, the school attained a Level 1+ rating, CPS’ highest school quality designation.
Dr. Lawson completed his undergraduate studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and earned a master’s degree in education administration from Chicago State University. He obtained his doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University.
Shenethe Parks has proudly served CPS for more than two decades. In her current role, she supports the continued development of school leaders, educators, and instructional support teams that serve over 9,000 students on the Southeast Side of Chicago. She values partnerships with families and community stakeholders as she strives to accelerate achievement and impact growth by meeting the needs of all students.
Shenethe keeps students’ best interests at the forefront of every decision. She believes equitable schools begin with strong leaders who build the capacity of teachers to provide culturally relevant and rigorous academic experiences within and beyond the walls of the classroom. She firmly believes that children thrive in a nurturing school environment that fosters tenacity to reach their highest potential.
As a proud CPS graduate, Shenethe began her career as a teacher at William H. Ray Elementary School. She has served as the assistant principal of Canter Middle School, the principal of Bret Harte Elementary School, and deputy chief of schools in network 3. She has also served as a mentor principal and participated in both the Chicago Principals Fellowship and the Cahn Fellowship Program.
Shenethe holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Governors State University.
Dr. Cheryl D. Watkins has served in CPS for 33 years. Currently, she provides leadership and instructional support to principals who are working to improve the educational outcomes of more than 11,000 students. If you ask, she will tell you that she summons the strength to do the ever-evolving work as an advocate for students from her parents, crediting them with anchoring her childhood in sacrifice, family, and truth. She is a proponent of education being a means to any end and stands on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mantra, “the time is always right to do what is right.”
Dr. Watkins previously served as a special education teacher, teacher facilitator, district administrator, the founding principal of Pershing West Middle School, and deputy chief of schools in Network 11. Cheryl has also served on the boards of Advance Illinois, Cornerstone Academy, and the Golden Apple Foundation to advance educational opportunities within the city of Chicago and across the state of Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her work as an educator, including the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kathy Osterman Award for Superior Public Service, and the Milken Award for Excellence in Education.
Dr. Watkins attended Olive Harvey College, graduated from Chicago State University, and has a master’s degree and a doctorate in special education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As chief of schools, Dr. Laura LeMone is committed to serving the principals, faculty, staff, families, and communities of Network 14. Her priority is to continue enhancing opportunities for post-secondary education so that students of all levels are challenged to do their best. Laura strives to support the leaders in Network 14 to create strong and vibrant school communities for each student.
Laura began her career with CPS in 2004 as an English teacher at Benito Juarez Community Academy High School, where she later became assistant principal. Laura also served as principal of Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science High School for four years. Under her leadership, Von Steuben achieved a Level 1+ school quality rating during SY2015–16 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 Principals Fellowship 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.
Michael Boraz was appointed as the chief of schools for Network 15 after serving as the principal of Lincoln Park High School (LPHS) for nine years. As network chief, Michael is responsible for developing, coaching, and supervising principals.
Throughout his principal tenure, Michael focused on equity and well-rounded education and continues these priorities as network chief. Under Michael’s leadership, LPHS increased Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate course enrollment by more than 30 percent, and nearly 50 percent of LPHS students participated in at least one performing arts group. Michael began his career in education with CPS in 1997, serving as a teacher at Canter Middle School and William Rainey Harper High School and spending seven years as an assistant principal at Kenwood Academy High School.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in education with certification in social studies from the University of Michigan, and an educational leadership certificate from National-Louis University that he obtained through New Leaders for New Schools Cohort 3.
Megan Hougard is responsible for managing one of the four CPS networks devoted specifically to the needs of Chicago’s high school students.
Megan believes strongly in the value of access to opportunities for all students. Throughout her career, she has focused on creating pathways for college exposure and access. Megan strives to expand early college courses and improve academic outcomes in a diverse portfolio of schools that include detention centers, selective enrollment, STEM, IB, and neighborhood schools.
Megan previously taught at South Shore High School, served as resident principal at Kenwood Academy High School, and was the assistant principal at William Rainey Harper High School. She led the development and opening of three CPS high schools—Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School, and Englewood STEM High School—and was promoted to deputy chief and eventually network chief of Network 11 before serving Network 16.
Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, 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. She is pursuing a doctorate in education policy and leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on equity. Megan is the proud mother of two college students—both CPS graduates.
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.