Spokesman

After nearly a year without a principal, Redmond High has named an Illinois educator to lead the campus.

Audrey Haugan, who most recently served as principal for 13 years of Maine West High School in Des Plaines, near Chicago’s O’Hare airport, emerged from a group that spent a daylong interview process at the school March 12, according to a school district news release. Haugan and three other finalists from a nationwide search met with students, employees, district officials and community members.

“Audrey brings a great deal of experience to Redmond High,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh said in the statement. “Meeting her and learning about her approach to education gives me confidence she will be able to hit the ground running on day one.”

Haugan will start her job July 1 in Redmond, where she has family.

Maine West was a school of 2,200 students and more than 300 staff members, the district said. Haugen was also an adjunct professor at Concordia and Roosevelt universities in Illinois, where she taught educators to be effective principals.

Haugan has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, a doctorate from Roosevelt and a master’s of education from Northeastern Illinois University, the district said.

“Dr. Haugan is a student-centered leader who focuses on the student learning experience and improving success for all students,” Steve Humphrey, a former supervisor, said in the statement. “I’m confident she will work effectively on the school culture to create a positive experience for students, staff and parents while ensuring a safe and secure climate for everyone in the building. In the time that I worked with Audrey, she valued the participation of all stakeholders and worked to increase student engagement and success. She has great enthusiasm for creating school pride and meeting the needs of all students.”

Former principal Paul Nolan left the school before last June’s graduation, requiring it to be led by Traci Renwick, the district’s director of secondary education, along with vice principals Jason Chatterton and Sarah Peterson, according to Bulletin archives.

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