On Tuesday, Feb. 21, at its monthly meeting the Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School School District 233 Board of Education is expected to appoint the new principal of the school: Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Ph.D. Currently the principal at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colo., Dr. Anderson will begin at Homewood-Flossmoor as principal on July 1. Her appointment comes after a review of final candidates by the board’s Personnel Committee earlier this month, led by Chairman Gerald Pauling.
“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Anderson and to welcoming her back to Homewood-Flossmoor and to the H-F community. We are very fortunate to have found a leader of her caliber,” says Pauling. “Also, I would like to thank the entire H-F family — students and teachers, parents and other community members and our administrative team — for the valuable input, insight and feedback they provided to the search process. This would not have been possible without all of your efforts.”
Dr. Anderson earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University - Chicago. She also holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Fluent in Spanish, she has been principal at Monarch High School — a part of the Boulder Valley School District, which serves 30,000 students and employs more than 4,000 people — since July 2008. Previously, Dr. Anderson served as the director of Secondary Education for Littleton Public Schools and has worked as principal at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs and at East High School in Denver. Prior to leading schools in Colorado, she spent some of her early days in education as a dean of students at Homewood-Flossmoor in the mid-1990s.
“I am looking forward to working together to make positive differences in the lives of students at Homewood-Flossmoor,” she says. “I value the importance that this school community places on education and know that together we will continue to foster a tradition of excellence. It will be an honor to serve as your principal.”
Described by her colleagues as a principal with “success-driven leadership” and one who is “unafraid to innovate and trail-blaze,” Dr. Anderson was recognized at Boulder Valley School District as Educator of the Year in 2010 and she received an Award of Excellence in 2009. Among her many accomplishments at Monarch, she helped establish the Monarch Early College Program, which gives students the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts Degree — essentially giving students the capacity to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years. Through each of her leadership positions, she has been able to build strong, collaborative teams of educators, focused on student success. Experienced in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate curriculums, as well as in standards-based instruction, she has successfully increased her current school’s national academic performance ratings. In her free time, Dr. Anderson enjoys reading, traveling and tennis. She and her husband, Derric, are parents to four: Diane, Jessica, Forrest and Solomon.
Under the direction of Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield, Dr. Anderson will become an integral part of the district’s administrative team, providing educational excellence for the H-F community. She has been offered a one-year contract, expected to be confirmed on Tuesday by the District 233 Board of Education. With the assistance of BWP & Associates, the board conducted a national search this year with input from community surveys, focus groups and interviews.
“Dr. Anderson brings outstanding leadership experience as a high school principal, who has made measurable improvements at her current school and who possesses dedicated focus on student success and educational innovation. She also brings with her a commitment to developing community partnerships and strengthening connections with our grade schools,” says Dr. Mansfield. “I am very proud to introduce her to Homewood-Flossmoor students, staff, parents, alumni and the greater H-F community.”