Stacy Stewart is the principal of Belmont-Cragin Elementary School (Belmont-Cragin) on Chicago’s Northwest side and an alumna of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In her 24 years in CPS, Stacy has served as a middle school teacher, induction coach for the New Teacher Center and an administrator.
Since becoming the principal of Belmont-Cragin in 2010, Stacy has worked diligently to improve the quality of teaching and learning, especially for English Learners, through the Dual Language instructional program. The school has partnered with The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) through the Summer Design Program and LEAP Innovations in the second cohort of Breakthrough Schools: Chicago. In addition to participating in these programs, Belmont-Cragin is recognized nationally as an Ashoka Changemaker School and received a Gold Circle Accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for its Early Childhood Center. Belmont-Cragin also received as an “Exemplary Award” for Social and Emotional Learning by the district.
Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University, a Masters in Urban Teaching from Concordia University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.
In the 2016-17 school year, Stacy will join the Cahn Fellows Program with her Cahn Ally, Jorge Melgar, her assistant principal. Together, they will implement Stacy’s Cahn project on personalized learning as a means to deepen practices around Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), which will align to the school vision where “Every Child Matters, Every Moment Counts, ¡Échale Ganas!” The Cahn Fellows Summer Institute had a major impact on Stacy’s work. In addition to developing other leaders in her school community, Stacy is reflecting on her personal leadership and ways to leverage her relationships with her stakeholders. The Cahn Fellows Program offers her the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in the profession, an experience that affirmed her beliefs in the school system and developed her appreciation for the unique challenges that school leaders overcome each day.