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LT Names new principal for next school year

The Lyons Township High School Board of Education on Monday announced and introduced Dr. Jennifer Tyrrell as the new Principal at Lyons Township High School, beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. She will replace Principal Dr. Brian Waterman, who is replacing retiring Superintendent Dr. Tim Kilrea.

Dr. Tyrrell began her career in education in 2005 as a physical education teacher at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School. In 2009, she served as Division Chair for Physical Education at Stagg High School for five years and then as Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction for four years. She is currently the Principal at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, a position she has held for the past three years.

“I am eager to join Lyons Township High School and it will be my priority to co-create a dynamic student experience. I will be relentless in creating an inclusive school culture in which every student feels a sense of belonging that creates the conditions for achievement within all areas of the high school experience,” Dr. Tyrrell said. “The best principals put their heart and soul into creating an elite school culture and climate and being present and visible within the school community. The best principals are not just school and district leaders but truly are community leaders. I intend to be that leader,” she added.

“Dr. Tyrrell will bring collaborative, improvement-focused and student-centered leadership to LT. Her vast experience as a classroom teacher, Division Chair, Associate Principal and Principal will help make for a smooth transition. She knows the power and importance of student voice, and I look forward to seeing her empower our student body to be leaders in our school and community,” said Principal and soon-to-be Superintendent Dr. Brian Waterman.

The pool for this position was narrowed from 40 applicants, to seven candidates interviewed, to three finalists. The selection process was very competitive, with high quality, impressive candidates. “I look forward to working with Dr. Tyrrell. She comes highly recommended and is known for her insightful contributions and data-based problem-solving skills. She works tirelessly to develop genuine rapport with students, staff and parents.,” Waterman said.

Tyrrell received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Master of Science in Sports Management both from Western Illinois University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Lewis University and a Doctoral Degree (Ed.D) in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University-Chicago. Her doctoral dissertation is titled Best Leadership Practices and Actions for Leading a Transition in Curriculum Framework in Secondary Schools. Dr. Tyrrell signed a one-year contract.