Jewel Diaz is entering her 14th year as the principal of Ashburn Community Elementary School (Ashburn). Under her leadership, Ashburn grew from a Level 3 school during the 2008-09 year to a Level 1+ school in the 2016-17 year on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). To spur this transformation, Jewel prioritized the development of staff talent in her building and created a student-centered climate that supported academic and social emotional learning (SEL).
Jewel is proud of the leadership and positive school environment that she has fostered over the years, and hope to continue building towards Ashburn’s long-term vision to move from a great school to an exceptional school. Knowing that she is making positive contributions to student learning is what motivates her to continue the work that she does.
Prior to leading at Ashburn, Jewel served as a general education teacher, special education teacher, case manager and assistant principal. Her participation in the LAUNCH principal preparation program propelled her to the school leadership role. Jewel holds a master’s degree in special education and teaching from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as well as a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Governors State University. Her bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University is in elementary education and teaching.
During the Fellowship, Jewel is excited to learn and grow with her colleagues as an instructional leader, and to contribute to the culture of continuous learning for adults that ultimately supports student and school success.