Principal Shoutout: Stacy Stewart, Belmont-Cragin Elementary

Elizabeth Camarena is currently a resident teacher at Belmont-Cragin Elementary. She is shouting out her principal, Stacy Stewart.

Q: How would you describe your principal? 

She is a wonderful person. During this pandemic, she’s gone above and beyond. She gets the school community together; she’s gone to the neighborhood community churches; she’s gone to community centers and she’s contacted the alderman to help the children and their families with essentials. Many of the parents at the school are immigrants and first responders. And she has been able to get as many community members together to provide essentials for our school families. 

She’s proactive. She’s found opportunities along with teachers, for the children to develop acting through a grant, in which the children have been putting on plays. She and the gym teacher have been able to put together some wellness activities for the children that include their parents. She wants to see our school children achieve great things! 

Q: If you could describe your principal in three words, what would they be and why?

First, empathetic. She helps everyone however she can. Second, she’s determined. We don’t have a school building at the moment; we’re sharing with another school. For as long as I’ve known her, she’s been pushing for a school building for Belmont-Cragin Elementary. And lastly, Principal Stewart enjoys life! You can see it in everything she does every morning. She makes sure everyone is doing well. 

Q: What is your favorite memory with your principal?

I worked in the IT field for 10 years before I came into the school, three years ago. In my interview, she asked me if I knew a little bit about robotics. And I said I do have some background. She asked if I would like to start a robotics club, and she showed me the robots and tablets that they had and just said, “Give it a try, start the club!” I had no teaching skills at that point—but I started a robotics club, and I’m happy to say that it’s one of the activities that the students enjoy. Students look forward to when we work together with the robots. And I have that great memory of her because she gave me an opportunity to see who I am and what I can achieve. And that’s what she does—she helps us become better. 

Q: What, message, if any do you have for your principal this year? 

Mrs. Stewart: Thank you for all you have done for me, for my colleagues, for the school community, but most importantly—thank you for all you do for the children of Belmont-Cragin Elementary! Thank you for being who you are. 

Q: Is there anything else that you want to tell us about your principal?

Principal Stewart recently received the Golden Apple Award in 2018. And she’s very deserving of that, because like I said, she cares for everyone in the school community and will do what she can to lend a helping hand. 

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