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RLAS-116 hires Chief Academic Officer and Chief Operations Officer for 2018-19

Dr. Lamping, Dr. Mendoza, Dr. Center

On Monday, February 26, 2018, the Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Susan Center, Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Mary Lamping, Chief Operations Officer, effective July 1, 2018. 

Dr. Susan Center, Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Center is in her 15th year in education, all of which have been in Round Lake.  She started as a social studies teacher after earning an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University majoring in philosophy and sociology and a Master of Arts Degree from DePaul University.  She has also earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University.
In addition to teaching for 10 years at Round Lake High School, she has served District 116 for several years as an administrator in various roles including the English/Social Studies Division Chair, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and most recently as the Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning.  During her time in Round Lake, Dr. Center’s leadership has been instrumental in implementing several progressive, researched-based initiatives including but not limited to creating a skills based curriculum for grades 6-12 , standards-based grading for grades 6-12, the implementation of a mastery learning philosophy and most recently where she led the application and implementation process for the Illinois State Board of Education’s Competency Based Graduation pilot at Round Lake High School.
Dr. Mary Lamping, Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Lamping has over 25 years of experience in a variety of roles including that of a special education teacher; testing coordinator; Director of Research and Assessment; Assistant Principal; High School Principal; Director of Educational Accountability; Student Services Coordinator; Assistant Superintendent of Special Services and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; Chief Academic Officer; and Deputy Superintendent. In her role, she has achieved many successes that include but are not limited to the successful negotiation of six bargaining contracts; expanded utilization of technology; the development of a 3-year plan to standardize instruction; restructuring the utilization of space; the development of a mentoring program; and the development and communication of an accountability report for the community. Along the way and prior to joining the Round Lake Team, Dr. Lamping had stops in the Milwaukee Public School System; the Rockford Public School System; Zion School District 6; and Waukegan School District 60.
Dr. Lamping received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin; a Masters of Education in Administration from Marquette University; and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is also an adjunct professor for National Louis University and has been highlighted in the Association of Supervision and Curriculum publication, “The results fieldbook”, as well as in a video published by researcher Dr. Doug Reeves that focused on assessment development and scoring guides in urban school settings.

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