The District 225 Board of Education on March 16 formally approved the hiring of incoming Glenbrook North High School principal, Mr. Jason Markey, effective July 1, 2020.
Mr. Markey currently serves as the principal at East Leyden High School where he is in his eighth year of leading a building with more than 1,800 students and 200 staff. He previously served as assistant principal at both East Leyden and Woodstock high schools. Mr. Markey was recognized as Digital Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2014.
"I am truly honored to have the privilege of serving the Glenbrook North community as principal,” Mr. Markey said. “Throughout the interview process I have been impressed with the level of enthusiasm, commitment, and care every stakeholder has demonstrated. I look forward to joining what is already an amazing school."
Mr. Markey began his nearly 20-year educational career as a social studies teacher at Iowa City and Leyden high schools. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of School Leadership from Concordia University.
The district hired an external search firm to collect input from parents, students, staff and the community in regard to the qualities and characteristics of potential principal candidates. From there, the firm recruited, reviewed and presented five candidates who most closely matched the profile developed by stakeholders for the district’s consideration. Each of these five candidates was interviewed by teams of staff, students and parents throughout an extensive process, culminating in the district’s selection of Mr. Markey.
“After a very rigorous series of interviews, it was clear that Mr. Markey possessed the skills and attributes sought by the students, staff, and parents who participated in the search process,” Glenbrook 225 Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns said. “There is a lot of excitement for Mr. Markey as he assumes such a vital role in the district and community. Glenbrook North is a wonderful place filled with great people and I’m sure that he will be amazed at the wonderful things happening on a daily basis at the school.”
Mr. Markey fills the vacancy of Dr. John Finan who announced in December that he will be stepping down as principal at the end of this school year following deep consideration of the needs of his family and his desire to resume teaching at a classroom level.