Leadership Conversation - Episode 151 with Elizabeth Alvarez
Name: Elizabeth Alvarez
Current title : Superintendent
Current organisation: Forest Park District 91
Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez was born and raised in the Southwest side of Chicago. She is a first generation Mexican and first-generation college graduate. She received her B.A. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Education and minored in Psychology. She continued with her education in completing two masters and a Ph.D. through the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction that focused on narrative, race and science pedagogy. Liz began her career as a teacher in the Little Village Neighborhood in Chicago. She taught for 13 years teaching upper grade Science. She was privileged and honored to serve as principal for 6 years at John C. Dore Elementary- a pre-k through 8th grade elementary school in Chicago’ where she led the school to level 1+ status. Prior to being an administrator, she coached district principals in math and science, and was an adjunct professor at Concordia University. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and current president of IALAS, 2019 cohort of the Superintendent Leadership Academy of ALAS, a 2015 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. One of the founders of the Latino Leadership Pipeline that coaches and supports Latino leaders as they work to become future leaders in education. Her past role was serving as Network Chief of Schools in Chicago Public Schools where she moved schools from the 30% to the 70% growth and attainment. She is currently the proud superintendent of Forest Park District 91. She is the first female, Latina and person of color to lead the district and 1 of 4 Latina superintendents in the state of Illinois. As a leader, 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 driven to make schools safe learning environments so that learning is at the forefront and increased student achievement is inevitable.
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