Principal, Christian Fenger High School
November NTI Presenter
In 2008, Elizabeth was asked to join a small selected team under the direction of U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan (then the chief executive officer at Chicago Public Schools) to participate in a bold strategy for dealing with the city’s lowest performing schools, known as Turnaround. She joined the team as the Co-Principal of the first Turnaround high school, while simultaneously developing the instructional strategy and framework for future turnaround schools. Her work also involved implementing key academic and behavioral supports via federal school intervention models. In 2009 Elizabeth was asked to serve as the principal of Fenger High School. She was charged with transforming one of the district’s most challenging schools. Under her leadership the school has seen as rise in the ACT composite and increases in student attendance and Freshmen On-Track. Additionally, the school’s culture and climate has drastically improved. Her experiences vary, ranging from leading in the business world to education. Elizabeth is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics and graduate of New Leaders for New Schools program. She has served on numerous Boards and committees and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.