Antigoni Lambrinides-Sofios is the founding principal of West Ridge Elementary School (West Ridge), which opened in September 2010. She is proud of the collective effort that students, teachers, staff and parents have invested in creating a welcoming, culturally diverse and academically successful learning environment. Through Antigoni’s leadership, West Ridge achieved Level 1+ status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) during the 2014-15 school year and has maintained it ever since. West Ridge students consistently perform above national averages in math and reading attainment on the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) scale. During the 2016-17 school year, students achieved the 84th percentile in math and 86th percentile in reading.
In the upcoming school year, Antigoni plans to continue focusing on effective school practices that support student achievement. She takes a reflective approach to leadership by constantly thinking about how her practice translates into impact for students. One of her favorite aspects of the principal role is sharing this thinking with colleagues and stakeholders who are equally passionate about pursuing meaningful work towards successful student outcomes.
At a young age, Antigoni developed a love for visual arts and analyzing different perspectives. She is a proud product of CPS, and appreciates that her upbringing, natural skill-set and passion for education are all highly relevant in her current role as principal of West Ridge. She spent many years as a CPS teacher at all grade levels (pre-K through high school) before transitioning to a career as an administrator and school leader. Antigoni received a degree in advertising design from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She continued her education with a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree and master’s degree in art education (MAAE) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She also received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.
Antigoni is excited to participate in collaborative group thinking and reflection on professional practices through the Fellowship experience. She is looking forward to challenging herself through the program, and gaining insights that will help her continue to grow as a better and more effective leader.