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District 225 Welcomes Two New Administrators

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District 225 Welcomes Two New Administrators

At its regular meeting on January 9, 2023, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Ninja Idrizi as the new Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services and Dr. Lauren O’Malley as the new Glenbrook North Assistant Principal of Student Services.

Dr. Idrizi comes from Barrington Community Unit School District 220 where she was the World Languages Department chair before being named the Associate Principal of Teaching and Learning at Barrington High School. Before District 220, she served as the World Languages Department chair for Community High School District 155 in McHenry County and taught German in Township High School District 214. 

Glenbrook High School District 225 Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns said, “The Glenbrooks are fortunate to have a strong leader like Dr. Idrizi join our staff. Her depth of knowledge and passion for serving students and staff will enable us to move into the next phase of academic and student wellbeing goals and initiatives. Her academic credentials and her work experience will serve her well as the next leader of the educational services department.”

Dr. Idrizi earned her BA in German Studies from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership from St. Xavier University, Chicago and an administrative certificate and doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University of Chicago. 

“I am excited to work with the dedicated students, staff members and families in Glenbrook High School District 225,” Dr. Idrizi said. In her free time, Dr. Idrizi and her family enjoy outdoor activities. Additionally, she likes traveling to Berlin and Munich, Germany to visit her parents and siblings.

Dr. Idrizi will join the district on July 1, 2023, and replaces Dr. Rosanne Williamson who is retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. 

Additionally, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Lauren O’Malley as the Assistant Principal of Student Services at Glenbrook North High School.

Currently, Dr. O’Malley serves as a school-wide Assessment Coordinator at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She has also served as an Assistant Principal and AP Research Teacher at Walter Payton College Prep, and an English Teacher at Lane Tech College Prep.

Glenbrook North High School Principal Mr. Jason Markey said, "Dr. O'Malley brings a wealth of experience and perspective to our school in the area of student services. We look forward to welcoming her to the Glenbrook North community.”

Dr. O’Malley has a BA in English and a BS in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Concordia University Chicago and a Doctorate in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  

“I am eager to join the Glenbrook North community will give me the opportunity to build relationships with students and staff and grow alongside them in this wonderful school community,” O’Malley said. In her free time, O’Malley and her husband love spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and thinking of ways to recreate some of their favorite trips with their two young children.

Dr. O’Malley will begin in District 225 on March 31, 2023, and is replacing Mr. Eric Etherton who is also retiring.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ninja Idrizi and Dr. Lauren O’Malley to the Glenbrooks.