FREEPORT (WREX) — Freeport School district is starting a new chapter this school year, starting with a new superintendent.
Superintendent Anna Alvarado is an immigrant from Manila, Philippines with a passion for education and long track record of leadership in Chicago Public Schools, spending 18 years in the district.
Alvarado is a month into her new role at FSD 145 and said she’s excited to work with the district to implement changes that she hopes will benefit students and their families.
“People have been very open to new ideas but also change happens as a process,” Alvarado “It’s not me coming in here thinking I’m going to be the person who will know how to do everything but listening to teachers, principals and what structures work for Freeport families.”
She has many new improvement initiatives she plans to implement from her entry plan. She created it in a five step process all narrowing down to where the learning happens—in the classroom.
“We want our kids to be thinkers, and problem solvers, and good communicators,” Alvarado said. “So then my question is, ‘what are they experiencing in the classroom for them to be able to get to that?'”
One of Alvarado’s five steps is a two-year school improvement initiative catered to each school.
“It’s important to understand the context of every school, of the district, of the community,” Alvarado said.
Class is back in session at Freeport schools at the end of August.
“I’m very, very excited to be here,” she said.