Irene King Elementary School Assistant Principal Laura Lucas will become the new Principal of Jonas Salk Elementary School on July 1, succeeding Michele Romolt, who is retiring.
Lucas, who has been assistant principal at King for two years, has extensive teaching experience with both Valley View School District 365U and Indian Prairie School District 204.
She began her career with VVSD as an early childhood special education teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in 2003. Three years later she became a kindergarten teacher at Pioneer and then spent a year as a reading specialist at B.J. Ward Elementary and another year as a reading specialist at King before become assistant principal.
Lucas' first teaching job after obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in education from Northern Illinois University was as an early childhood inclusive education teacher at Prairie Children Preschool in District 204. She also holds a Masters of Education Degree in reading and literacy from Benedictine University and a Masters of Educational Leadership Degree from the American College of Education.