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District 45 Welcomes Two New Principals and an Administrator for the 2019-2020 School Year

District 45 is pleased to announce the approval of two principals and one administrator for the 2019-2020 school year: Kristin Simpkins, Principal at Ardmore School, Scott Dart, Principal at Westmore School, and David Pohlmeier, Director of Communications and Community Engagement.


Kristin Simpkins - Principal, Ardmore School

Kristin Simpkins

Kristin joins Ardmore School with 13 years of experience as a principal. She began her career in Crete-Monee School District 201-U where she taught sixth and seventh grade and served as an assistant principal in a K-8 building. She also served as both an assistant principal and principal in Frankfort School District 157C. She was the principal of Chelsea Intermediate School for nine years. For the last four years, she held the position of middle school principal in Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 in a building with over 1,100 students and 120 staff. Kristin holds a B.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois University and an M.A. from Western Illinois University.  She is currently pursuing her Ed.S. degree at Northern Illinois University.


Scott Dart - Principal, Westmore School

Scott Dart

Scott joins Westmore School with five years experience as a principal and ten years experience as an assistant principal. Most recently he served as the principal of Hermes Elementary School in East Aurora District 131. From 2009-2014 he held the position of assistant principal at Fischer Middle School and as the assistant principal of Still Middle School from 2006-2009, both located in Indian Prairie School District 204. Scott holds a B.A. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University.  He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Administration at Bethel College.


David Pohlmeier - Director of Communications and Community Engagement

David Pohlmeier

Most recently, David was the Director of Communications for a nonprofit organization. He also served as the Director of Communications and Design for Community Consolidated School District 59. In this position, David supported and directed the communication and design for the district office and 15 schools. This included 7,200 students, 950 employees, and 75,000 residents across four cities. A large portion of the communication strategy included videography, photography, and building a strong online identity. He holds a B.A. in Art with Emphasis in Drawing and Photography and a B.A. in Housing and Environmental Design. Both degrees were earned from Olivet Nazarene University.