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EAST MOLINE — The East Moline School District has two new school principals.

On Monday night the East Moline School District 37 Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Stephanie Christensen as the new principal of Hillcrest Elementary School and Alex Mayszak as the new principal of Ridgewood Elementary.

Christensen currently works as the administrative intern at Hillcrest. She previously taught at Glenview Middle School and Bowlesburg Elementary, both in EMSD 37.

“Hillcrest is a wonderful school where families and teachers understand the importance of a high-quality education," Christensen said. "We have a great team of teachers at Hillcrest that care very deeply about their students. As an instructional leader, my main focus is to provide a rigorous curriculum for all students, which will give them the tools to collaborate with each other while thinking creatively and critically."

Originally from Monmouth, Christensen holds three degrees from Western Illinois University. She will start as principal at Hillcrest next month.

Mayszak currently serves as the administrative intern at Bowlesburg Elementary, also in District 37. He previously taught at Glenview Middle School and United Township High School, public schools in East Moline.

“I am excited to join the team at Ridgewood as the next instructional leader and am passionate about the success of our students in East Moline,” Mayszak said in a statement. “The teachers and staff at Ridgewood are committed to building a strong educational foundation and helping students develop a lifelong love for learning.”

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Originally from Naperville, Mayszak attended Augustana College as an undergrad and Western Illinois University for graduate school. His new role at Ridgewood will begin next month.

“Alex will continue the Ridgewood tradition of supporting each child to help them reach their full potential,” said district Superintendent Kristin Humphries. “Alex believes strongly in collaboration and will bring teachers, students, and our families together to drive continuous improvement at Ridgewood Elementary.”

The Board of Education also has a new vacancy on the board and will be accepting applications from District 37 residents interested in serving. To apply, an applicant must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a registered voter and a District 37 resident for at least one year prior to appointment.

The appointment will be made by the Board by a majority vote. The appointee will serve until April 2021, when the seat will be up for regular election.

Eligible residents interested in filling the vacancy must submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m. July 5. A resume is also desired.

Submissions and questions should be sent to Joann Snelling, Board of Education secretary, at 3451 Morton Drive, East Moline, IL 61244, or jsnelling@emsd37.org.

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