The Elmhurst Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Christina Podraza as the new principal of Jefferson Elementary School. Her duties will begin on July 1, 2019.
Dr. Podraza moves into her new role after serving as the interim principal of Emerson Elementary School and as the assistant principal for Hawthorne and Lincoln Elementary School for District 205. Previous to her career in school administration, she was a learning support coach for five years at Mill Street School in Naperville. Dr. Podraza’s background includes a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a master’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and change from Roosevelt University in 2014.
Superintendent Dr. David Moyer applauded Dr. Podraza’s contributions to District 205 since her arrival in 2017:
"Dr. Podraza has done a terrific job in her role as interim principal at Emerson and the past two years as the assistant at Hawthorne and Lincoln. She has built excellent relationships with teachers, is student-centered, has a deep knowledge of instruction, and was instrumental in helping the District implement standards based reporting. Her background as an instructional coach will serve her well, and her personal beliefs are very much in line with the District's vision. I am very pleased to welcome her to our strong cadre of principals in the District."
The Jefferson Elementary school community thrives on teamwork and innovation, Dr. Podraza said. She will spend a great deal of her transition year getting to know and learning from the teachers, students, and parents.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to be the principal of Jefferson Elementary School. Every time I have had the opportunity to interact with Jefferson teachers in the district, they have always impressed me with their innovative ideas and collaborative culture. I look forward to getting to know the entire community of educators, students and families and learning from them as well. As a leader, I hope to build upon the many successes and traditions of the school as well as create new ones together.”