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Mrs. Katie Compagno named new Principal of Willowbrook School

Mrs. Katie Compagno named new Principal of Willowbrook School

The Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Katie Compagno as the new principal of Willowbrook School in Glenview starting July 1. Mrs. Compagno is currently Assistant Principal at Wescott School in Northbrook, which is also part of the district.

“Mrs. Compagno is a respected and trusted leader at Wescott School, where staff, parents, and students sing her praises,” said Dr. Emily Tammaru, District 30 Superintendent of Schools. “She is a visible leader who collaborates to ensure students and staff have the resources they need to be successful. I am confident her responsive, supportive leadership will build upon the strong foundation at Willowbrook and lead students, staff, and community to new achievements in the classroom and beyond.”

Mrs. Compagno will replace current Willowbrook Principal Dr. Scott Carlson, who will become District 30’s new Director of Human Resources also on July 1.

Since July 2022, Mrs. Compagno has served as Wescott Assistant Principal, with primary responsibilities focused on student success, well-being and safety, staff evaluations and development, and administrative initiatives. Prior to this, she served from 2014-22 as Director of Student Activities in Niles Township High School District 219. Her 14 years in education also include service as a math teacher at both Mt. Carmel High School in Mt. Carmel, Ill. and Wheaton North High School. 

“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to lead Willowbrook, just as serving the wonderful community of Wescott has been a true privilege, and I am excited to grow within our outstanding school district,” Mrs. Compagno said. “Together with Willowbrook’s outstanding staff, I will ensure that Willowbrook continues its history of student and staff success and rich traditions while maintaining a focus on building an environment where all stakeholders are supported and valued.”

Mrs. Compagno earned a master’s degree in educational leadership with dual principal and teacher leader endorsement from Aurora University, and is currently earning a chief school business official endorsement from Concordia University in River Forest. She also earned a response to intervention certificate from University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., and completed her bachelor’s degree in secondary education mathematics from Millikin University in Decatur.

District 30 is currently exploring candidates to fill the Wescott Assistant Principal vacancy. As part of this work, parents and staff will be surveyed on key qualities and characteristics they feel should be embodied by the assistant principal. 

“We are now focused on identifying a highly qualified candidate for the Wescott Assistant Principal and ensuring a seamless transition for the school into the 2024-25 academic year,” Dr. Tammaru said. “Stakeholder feedback is essential in order to ensure Wescott’s next assistant principal will best serve our students, staff, and community.”