Interim principal hired for Lincoln School

Theresa Silva replaces Lisa Carlos, who resigned in June

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

During a special meeting held Aug. 6, the Oak Park Elementary Schools District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Theresa Silva as interim principal at Lincoln Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year, D97 officials announced in a statement.

Silva will temporarily replace Lisa Carlos, who resigned in June after roughly a year at the helm in order to be a principal with the Community Consolidated School District 62 in Des Plaines.

District officials stated that Silva has more than 20 years of education experience, including 15 years as principal at school districts in Joliet, Bellwood, Blue Island and Brookfield. 

Before she was hired at Lincoln Elementary in Oak Park, Silva was principal at Lincoln School in Brookfield, which is in Lyons-Brookfield District 103, for the 2017-18 school year. Her contract was not renewed.      

Silva has also been an assistant principal, a classroom teacher at the second-, third- and eighth-grade levels and a writing teacher. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education administration, both from Saint Xavier University. 

"I want to congratulate Theresa on her appointment, and welcome her to our district," stated D97 Superintendent Carol Kelley. "I believe that her extensive knowledge and experience will be instrumental in ensuring that the entire Lincoln community enjoys a positive, productive and successful school year." 

In the district's statement, Silva said that she is "incredibly honored to have selected as the interim principal for Lincoln 

"[I] am eager to begin working with students, staff and families on the shared goals and plans for our school," said Silva. "I am also thrilled to be leading what will be an important year for the Lincoln community that includes preparing for the expansion that is scheduled to take place next summer."

Kelley said that she anticipates that the search to find a permanent replacement for the Lincoln principal position will begin after the first of the year.

 "We will provide additional details about this search in the months ahead, including information about how the members of the school's community can participate in the process," Kelley said. 


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Jenna Brown Russell  

Posted: August 7th, 2018 9:55 PM

No doubt Ms Silva is a competent principal, and certainly seems to have experience in short term leadership roles judging by the number of helms in a relatively brief career. I cannot, however, understand why D97, with its economic resources and no shortage of administrators at HQ, cannot attract, develop and retain talent from within. We've a revolving door of principals at too many schools, and the decision to hire yet another interim means Lincoln will have four principals in less than 3 years. That kind of transition must be difficult for teachers and families. Why are we not cultivating a pipeline of talent within our District to lead our schools? Is it that no one local is interested in what appears to be an increasingly difficult position in which to remain?

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