Angelica is entering her 19th year as the principal of Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez Elementary School (Ortiz) and her 21st year with the school overall. She transitioned into the principal role after serving as the assistant principal for two years. Over the course of many years of leadership, Angelica has created a robust instructional program for her 600 Ortiz students. Notably, she built a transitional bilingual program to support the school’s large population of bilingual learners; 50 percent of students are engaged in the bilingual program and 50 percent of students are engaged in the general program. Moving forward, she hopes to continue working closely with her teacher teams to build on past successes and continue providing the best instructional program possible for students.
Angelica graduated from Mundelein College with a degree in bilingual bicultural studies and a minor in education. She then attended Roosevelt University for her administrative degree. After graduation, she taught for eight years before transitioning to an administrator position for the State of Illinois’ pre-K program. Angelica then participated in the LAUNCH principal training program, and began her career at Ortiz in 1996. She is currently working towards her doctorate in reading and language through National Louis University (NLU).
The relationships that Angelica has developed with her teachers and students are the highlight of her principal role. She relishes the daily interactions she has with both teachers and students. She is looking forward to learning how to improve in her role during the Fellowship program, and using this developmental opportunity to better serve her school.