MEET YOUR PRINCIPAL A CHALLENGING CHILDHOOD PROVIDED THE RESILIENCE AND STRENGTH MORGANLEE KEMPF NEEDED TO EXCEL IN LIFE
“I am thrilled and excited for this new journey and eager to join the Cougar family, where the outgoing principal, Lynne Brunjak, set the stage for success,” Principal Kempf said.
In 1999, Principal Brunjak landed at the school that would become her cherished home for the remainder of her career. After two years as a South Park Special Education teacher, Principal Brunjak taught Kindergarten for 16 years. Having earned an advanced degree and a Principal’s license, she began to set her sights beyond the classroom. “I thought that with my experience and knowledge, I would be good at administration."
Across the district, Read Across America Week, which annually coincides with the birthday of Theodor “Dr. Suess” Geisel, saw D60 students revel in the wealth of activities and specially themed days designed to add a fun component to the pro-literacy campaign. As is tradition, a number of district and community notables, from Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso to Sheriff Kirk Taylor to Mayor Nick Gradisar, donned the famous “Cat in the Hat” headware and read their favorite Dr. Seuss book.
In addition to preparing children for Kindergarten, and easing that adjustment, preschool can help children advance academically and develop social-emotional skills, such as sharing and being respectful, showing empathy, and dealing with emotions.