Macquline King is entering her fifth year as the principal of Mary E. Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center (Courtenay). Macquline took over Courtenay during a time of transition, when the school moved from its original location in Ravenswood to merge with Stockton Elementary in Uptown. Under her leadership, two different communities successfully integrated under one school and recently garnered the Exemplary Supportive Schools status, the highest designation the district assigns for growth and achievement. Notably, Macquline helped Courtenay improve from a Level 2 to a Level 1+ school on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP).
One of Macquline’s strengths is her ability to develop talent and motivate her staff. She uses her background in coaching and mentoring to nurture teacher leadership skills within the classroom, among their peers and the greater school community. As one example, Macquline recently helped a veteran Courtenay teacher earn certifications for teaching English language learners and gifted students. She participated in both courses alongside the teacher, and is now encouraging that teacher to coach others on how to teach struggling readers.
Prior to her role at Courtenay, Macquline served as the principal of Dumas Elementary School for five years. She currently holds a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, administration and supervision. She is currently completing her doctorate degree in educational leadership at National Louis University.