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phone: 847-905-3501

Amber Samuels, Principal

Ms. Samuels most recently served as the Principal of Gray Middle School in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to that, she was an assistant principal for five years and middle school science, social studies, and language arts teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 18 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge as a school leader and a diverse background of experiences that have prepared her for this next chapter in her professional career. 

Ms. Samuels has always centered the desire to ensure that every child has access to the highest quality educational experience which they so deserve. It is her goal to help ensure the necessary resources and supports are in place so that the academic and social emotional needs of all students can be adequately met. 

Ms. Samuels holds two master's degrees from Concordia University, in Curriculum and Instruction as well as School Leadership. She has deep roots in Evanston, fondly remembering Sundays at Mason Park with extended family. 

Her passion for education stems from a belief in the transformative power of learning. Outside of her time at school, she is an avid gardener, enjoying the connection to nature and embracing its lessons in patience and growth.

phone: 847-905-3509

Alexis Whaley, Assistant Principal

Ms. Whaley's journey in education spans over a decade, beginning as an Early Childhood teacher in Oklahoma City and later transitioning to teaching middle school math and science. Her experience as an Instructional Coach and Interventionist in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood was marked by her successful implementation of innovative programs that have significantly improved student engagement and academic outcomes. It was during her time in these roles that Ms. Whaley discovered her passion for developing student leadership and empowering young minds.

Ms. Whaley holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Oklahoma, where she focused on building the leadership capacity of students and staff. Her leadership style is characterized by collaboration, empathy, and a strong commitment to student-centered learning. She is dedicated to fostering a positive and supportive school culture that promotes high expectations and celebrates the unique strengths of each student.

Beyond her professional achievements, Ms. Whaley enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Her enthusiasm for education and unwavering dedication to student success make her a valuable addition to our school community.

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