AURORA - The Board of Education has selected an experienced educator to lead East Aurora School District 131.
On Monday, the Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Dr. Michael Popp as Superintendent of Schools. Popp, 48, is currently the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning for kindergarten through 12th grade at Indian Prairie School District 204. Popp is expected to begin working at East Aurora School District 131 on April 1.
“I’m thrilled that I’ll be able to continue working for Aurora students and I am tremendously excited about the opportunity to work with the staff in East Aurora School District 131,” Popp said after the vote. “I’ve worked in this area for most of my career so I’m well aware of the incredible talents in East Aurora School District 131, as well as the challenges we face.”
Popp has worked in education for 26 years. To see a video of Popp speaking about his educational experiences, click here.
Dedicated to closing opportunity gap
Popp has been working in his current position at Indian Prairie since 2011. In that role, he provides leadership and support to 34 schools in Aurora, Bolingbrook, Plainfield and Naperville. From 2010 to 2011, he was the Director of Leadership Services for Indian Prairie. At that time, he helped open two new buildings and led the Parent Diversity Advisory Council that created equity goals for each school in the District.
For the last 10 years, Popp has been deeply involved in an Indian Prairie initiative to increase student achievement, particularly among minority students. He helped shape and monitor District goals that focused on high student achievement while closing opportunity and achievement gaps. In District 204, one of four students live in a home where the predominant language is something other than English.
Popp’s team at Indian Prairie collected data, consulted experts, and used available research to develop a comprehensive strategy to open new opportunities for students. From this work, Popp realized he had to raise expectations for himself, for his staff and the students.
He pushed to enroll more students who showed academic achievement into Advanced Placement classes, where many soared. For the last four years, Indian Prairie has been named to the “AP District Honor Roll”, which recognizes districts that increased access to, and achievement on, Advanced Placement exams. Indian Prairie was one of only 17 districts in the United States and Canada to achieve this honor four consecutive years.
“We don’t simply say: Those kids aren’t going to make it,” Popp said. “We have to help every child dream, and we use education to cultivate that dream.”
Para leer este artículo en Español dele clic aquí