As a young child, growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Sydney J. Golliday was exposed to poverty and crime as well as high expectations and a loving family. Due to the strong work ethic of her parents and her grandmother, Sydney learned to embrace her ability to influence and lead others. Her grandmother often would tell her, “Leave things better than the way you found them.” This became Sydney’s mantra, which she lives in her daily interactions and in her career. Sydney is a passionate educator employed by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the past 16 years. She believes in inspiring, exposing and educating students, staff, families and communities.
As the assistant principal at Richard T. Crane Tech Prep High School, Sydney was the administrator responsible for curriculum and instruction. Sydney believes in collaborating with all stakeholders in order to achieve optimum support and results. While Resident Principal at Robert Healy Elementary School, Sydney was able to improve student attendance, teacher collaboration and developed community partnerships.
Currently, Sydney is principal of John B. Drake Elementary School (Drake). As interim principal of Drake, she transformed her school community by supporting and inspiring her staff, the students and the parents. Sydney developed partnerships with various organizations to provide opportunities and experiences for her school family. She believes in servant leadership, which motivates her to provide a high quality educational experience for the Drake Community. Her goal is to continue to be a beacon of light in the lives of others.
Also, Sydney has been a loyal member of Mars Hill Baptist Church Since 2004. She is also a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Sydney resides on the West Side of Chicago and has three children. Her hero is her mother, Dr. Patricia A. Stewart.