We appreciate the hard work and passion that our Noble princiPALs bring to our school communities everyday. As we wrap up this National Principals’ Month, we want to give a big shout-out to all our PALs. Check out a message from our CEO to our PALs and a ton of shout-outs from staff and students below:

MR. TONY SUTTON – DRW COLLEGE PREP

DRW College Prep principal with student

“Mr. Sutton has great leadership and he looks out for my best interests.” 

-Jeremiah Jackson, Class of 2025

“Mr. Sutton is enthusiastic about our education and it’s obvious he cares.” 

– Mariah Ollison, Class of 2023

“Tony, all that you do is well appreciated. The staff and the students see how hard you work. Much love.”

– Jerwane Ford, Physical Education Teacher

MR. MARK HAMSTRA – CHICAGO BULLS COLLEGE PREP

Chicago Bulls College Prep principal with student

“Mr. Hamstra is incredibly gracious and leads with compassion.”

– Haiyen Truong, History Teacher

“Mr. Hamstra is passionate about making our community feel safe.”

– Sonia Pulido, Alumni Counselor

MR. DARKO SIMUNOVIC – MANSUETO HIGH SCHOOL

Mansueto High School principal at homecoming dance

“Darko is a thoughtful and courageous leader. He cares deeply about doing right by our staff, students, and families and models servant leadership in the day-to-day. He makes us all feel valued and heard in our work!”

-Nora Lawrence, Assistant Principal

“He’s been my son’s mentor and role model for a while now. The words ‘thank you’ will never be enough.”

-Liz Ayala, Assistant Dean of Operations

“In a year that is so full of changes and challenges, I am reminded how thankful I am to have a school leader like Darko. As a principal he is always looking for solutions, pushing for the best experience for students and staff, and always rooted in his “why.” He has made me feel so incredibly valued, supported, and like a true member of the team. When things get hard, he is often the first one to check on staff and to make sure that everyone knows he cares! YAY DARKO!”

– Mary Mekstan, Dean of Students

MS. CARRIE SPITZ – PRITZKER COLLEGE PREP

Pritzker College Prep principal Carrie Spitz
“We love you <3”
“Keep up the good work!”
“MS. SPITZ, YOU’RE THE BEST PRINCIPAL OUT HERE!”

MS. KELLY N. KELLY – GARY COMER COLLEGE PREP

Gary Comer College Prep principal cheers with the cheer team
“Thank you for being such a strong advocate for our scholars and always fighting the good fight to get their needs met!”

– Taylor King, Director of Pre-College Programming
“Thank you for being a great listener and a problem solver. You’re the best boss!”

– Kate Pederson, Director of Social Work
“This year has been a wild ride. Thank you for your leadership through it.”

– Delia Arreola, Dean of Operations

MR. JONAS CLEAVES – JOHNSON COLLEGE PREP

Johnson College Prep principal
“My first day teaching in the building was during Quarter 4 last year. I arrived and, as kids were entering, I realized that my computer was not connecting to my projector. Mr. Cleaves happened to be walking by, and hurried in to help me. When I thanked him, he told me that helping me be prepared to teach was the most important thing he could be doing at that moment. That incident has stuck with me- in that brief interaction, I learned that Mr. Cleaves is a hands-on leader who makes himself available to support everyone in the building, from small IT issues to larger problems. I feel very fortunate to work with such an involved and committed principal. Happy Principal’s Appreciation Month, Mr. Cleaves!” 

– Katherin Carlton, World Literature Teacher
“Mr. Cleaves has been a breath of fresh air for the Johnson Family since day one. Mr. Cleaves has led the way by being fearless, non-emotional, passionate, and unapologetic about JCP’s needs and potential. He has poured into the community, the staff, but most importantly, the students with his unwavering commitment to excellence. To the good brother, Jonas, you are much appreciated!”

– Stephen Gilbert, Physical Education Teacher

“Jonas is a comedian! There is never a day that goes by that we do not laugh in the office. I love how he approaches how we teach and lead our students.  Innovative, compassionate, respected, these words describe Cleaves. He is constantly asking us: What can we do to improve our school, our classrooms, and our students’ experience? How we, as dedicated professionals, can work together to make a difference in their lives. The focus is not always the student, though. Jonas also wants to know how we as staff can grow. I have grown so much in the last two years, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and look forward to many more!”

– Jasmine Wesley, Office Manager

MS. EMILY LOCKHART – MUCHIN COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Muchin College Prep principal Emily Lockhart with students

“Where do I begin!?! As a former alum of Muchin College Prep and a past advisee of Ms. Lockhart, I can honestly say she is THE BEST! It has been such a pleasure working with her and seeing her interact with our Muchin scholars. She puts her all into the work she does and it does not go unnoticed. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. I love you mother <3” 

– Ms. Lopez, Teacher

“Emily is always willing to listen, fight for those she cares about, and remains steadfast in her vision. We appreciate her so much! “

– Grover, Teacher

“For the past 8 years, I have had the privilege of working alongside and directly with/under Emily Lockhart. I have come to know Emily as my colleague, administrator, and friend. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to watch Emily grow both professionally and personally.  Emily is a listener, a leader who follows through with what she says, and a loyal boss who speaks up for her staff and students. Thank you, Emily, for being a principal who leads by example and someone who is always looking for feedback from her staff.  Thank you for your check-ins, chats in the hall, show recommendations, and laughs.  I appreciate all you do and hope you know how much you are respected and needed.  Happy Principal’s Month to a real goodie!! “

-EMo, Teacher

MS. KASHAWDRA WILSON – HANSBERRY COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Hansberry College Prep principal Kashawdra Wilson posing against lockers

“One thing I’m very appreciative of from Ms. Wilson is that she constantly pushes me to be the best that I can be and makes sure I get what I need to be as successful as I can.”

-Santana Wheeler, Class of 2023

“I’m appreciative of Ms. Wilson because she’s supportive to the football team I’m on.”

-Trave Harrison, Class of 2023

“Hey, Kash! I’m super appreciative of the joy that you bring to HCP every day. I’m appreciative of the tireless hours that you spend doing things for the staff and the students. I love you!”

-Destonie Bell, Assistant Dean of Operations

MR. BRIAN RIDDICK – BUTLER COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Butler College Prep principal Brian Riddick posing in front of school

“Principal Riddick is a leader of the people! A man who is dedicated to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion on a global scale. The culture of Butler College Prep is one of social justice, college readiness, and love; a place that can only be led by a Brian Riddick. Any place that is blessed with his presence instantly becomes better and the people around him are empowered to become the best version of themselves. Not only is Butler College Prep made better, but Noble Schools as a whole is empowered because of his hard work and efforts. Thank you so much Principal Riddick for your ‘yes’ and remember we love you and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

-Brandon Prince, Academic Coach

MR. DALONTE BURNS – UIC COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows UIC College Prep principal Dalonte Burns posing with students outside

“Mr. Burns has brought renewed energy and vigor to UIC College Prep around the idea of Positive Multigenerational Change while building community with students, families, and staff. Thank you, Mr. Burns.”

-Amy Couwenhoven, Learning Specialist

MS. MARY ARRIGO – BAKER COLLEGE PREP

Baker College Prep Principal Mary Arrigo leads an assembly of students

“Mary is the most engaging principal I have ever worked for! She gets stuff done. She’s always on the move, putting on presentations, and I have even seen her subbing a class before. These are things I haven’t seen in the principals I’ve worked with before.” 

– Mr. Steen, College Seminar Instructor

“Ms. Arrigo always helps me to get my grades up and stay focused. Even when I don’t want to come to school, she motivates me to come to get here on time and focus in class!”

– Kania, Class of 2023

“I just want to say thank you, Ms. Arrigo. Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re great at what you’re doing. Thank you.”

– Diego, Class of 2023

MR. JORDAN KRUGER – ITW DAVID SPEER ACADEMY

Photo shows a selfie of ITW David Speer Academy principal Jordan Kruger posing with a class of students

“Kruger is a great leader, but he is an even better person. He leads from the front and does the work that he requires of all of us. Beyond work, I have never met someone who has a kinder soul. He truly cares about everyone he interacts with. Thank you so much for all you do!”

– Mr. Denza, Teacher

“Kruger encourages teachers to lean into who they are and use the diverse backgrounds of the staff to promote a culture of enthusiastic learning. He practices what he preaches: self-reflective and striving to be better each day. Speer is lucky to have a principal who cares about every member of our school and the community it serves.”

– Mr. N. Notardonato, Teacher

“I have a profound appreciation for Jordan Kruger. He has evolved into a very compassionate leader in front of our eyes during very challenging times. His love for our school, our students, and our staff is evident in every word and every decision he makes. He has truly earned my respect and my trust.”

– Mrs. Carlos, Teacher

MS. JUDONNE HEMINGWAY – GARY COMER MIDDLE SCHOOL

Photo shows Gary Comer Middle School principal JuDonne Hemingway leading a class

“JuDonne is a great leader because she does not look over, she looks into and helps our staff and scholars feel seen. She facilitated movement in the building that has needed to happen for a long time and we appreciate the hard and necessary work that she has been putting in with our school, staff, and scholars.”

 -Stephanie Williams, 7th Grade Reading Teacher

MR. BEN GUNTY – NOBLE STREET COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Noble Street College Prep principal Ben Gunty fist bumping a student in the hallway

“Using his favorite words—I appreciate how Ben is always willing to double down on making sure that we are doing our best to serve kids and families” 

– Ms. Cavitt, Dean of Instruction-ELA

“Thanks, Ben, for listening to our parents and being a part of our PAC groups. Our parents appreciate you!” 

– Oscar Gonzalez, Administrative Assistant

“Ben, I appreciate the way you leaned into staff feedback during Fall Pause. Thank you for making everyone seen, heard, and valued.”

 – Bridget Meskaukus, 10th Grade Learning Specialist

MRS. JONI ROGERS – THE NOBLE ACADEMY

Photo shows The Noble Academy principal Joni Rogers

“Mrs. Rogers’ welcoming presence creates a sense of community with every interaction you have with her.”

– Ms. Flowers, Teacher

“Mrs. Rogers always takes time to interact with her staff and students even if it’s just asking how your day is going. She makes staff and students feel welcomed and cared for in our working environment.” 

– Ms. Brizuela, Teacher

MR. BRENDAN BEDELL – RAUNER COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Rauner College Prep principal Brendan Bedell posing in school building

“Thank you so much for your leadership and everything you do for Rauner, Mr. Bedell!”

MS. MIRACLE MOSS-MCMORRIS – ROWE-CLARK MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY

Photo shows Rowe-Clark Math and Science Academy principal Miracle Moss-McMorris posing in front of school building with Noble Schools CEO Constance Jones

Miracle Moss-McMorris is the kind of principal that thinks and acts as a parent first in all her decisions. She loves all of the students fiercely and shows them this every single day in the hallways. Thank you for leading with humor, love, family, and high expectations.”

-Ellen Moiani, Community Organizer

MRS. JESSIE WEINGARTNER AND INTERIM PRINCIPAL MRS. CICELE BENNETT – GOLDER COLLEGE PREP

Photo shows Golder College Prep principal Jessie Weingartner

“Golder greatly appreciates Mrs. W. Thank you for your leadership of Golder and we are all wishing you a healthy and baby-love-filled maternity leave. See you soon!”

Photo shows Golder College Prep interim principal Cicele Bennett

Mrs. Bennett has always been an example for me to follow in the work that we do for our community. She exemplifies all of our core values on a daily basis and always places student success as a priority. Golder is truly blessed to have someone like her as a leader and part of this community! Thank you for everything that you do for all of Golder!

-Mr. Garcia, Teacher

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