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Principal’s Corner

Whitney Rapp, Principal

I'm originally from Illinois, earning my bachelors in Elementary Education at Illinois State University in 2006, and my masters (with Principal Liscensure) in Education Policy Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois in 2013.

From 2006 -2013, I enjoyed teaching 8th grade (Science, ELA, and AVID) at Franklin Middle School in Champaign as well as serving as science department head and 8th grade team leader, and sponsor/member of a variety of other organizations and committees in our school and throughout our district that have taught me the importance of time management, data driven – student focused decisions, delegating responsibilities, balancing personal and professional time, being open to change and validating participants’ voice, addressing student support needs, and communicating regularly with families.

In 2014-2015, I had the opportunity to work as the interim assistant principal at Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign CUSD #4. One of the highlights from this experience has been the systems work we have done when addressing students behavior and academic needs. We built teacher capacity by focusing classroom management strategies on restorative practices such as community circles and restorative conversations. This was a school wide system that crossed every category from support staff through administration.

In fall of 2015, I joined Manaugh Elementary's team as the Dean of Students, and transitioned to the role of Assistant Principal in summer of 2017. As Dean/AP I learned the importance of prioritizing my time to align to our school mission, vision, and values. In 2018 I had the honor of moving into the Principal position and the responsibility of leading the change and school improvement efforts our school was already diligently working toward.

Each activity, club, or program that I have been involved in was out of the desire to help improve the school system and meet the needs of the students, staff, and community while developing a collaborative environment. Experiencing a variety of settings has strengthened my belief that all students can learn and achieve at a high level, and every one of them deserves a high-quality education. I love having the opportunity to continue to improve the educational experiences and opportunities for students and staff by contributing my talents and positive energy as Principal here at Manaugh Elementary School.