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Laura LeMone


Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center

Laura LeMone is beginning her fourth year as principal at of Friedrich W. Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center (Von Steuben). Under her leadership, Von Steuben achieved Level 1+ status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) during the 2015-16 school year and maintained it during the 2016-17 school year. Laura also developed strong partnerships with the Illinois Institute of Technology and Exelon Corporation to support a 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. This is offered in conjunction with a Magnet Science program and Scholars program, which challenges students with Advanced Placement (AP) level coursework.

Moving forward, her priorities are to continue enhancing supports for post-secondary success and improving instruction so that students of all levels are challenged to do their best. She plans to continue investing in the strength and cohesiveness of her teacher teams to drive these outcomes.

Laura began her career in CPS over a decade ago as an English teacher and later, the assistant principal, at Benito Juarez Community Academy. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from Northeastern Illinois University (NIU), a master’s degree in history from Loyola University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Lake Forest College. Recently, she completed the urban education and leadership doctorate program at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) while serving as the principal of Von Steuben.

Laura believes that leading with positivity and an open mind will further develop Von Steuben’s strengths and improve the school with regard to student outcomes, instruction and post-secondary success. Von Steuben serves 1,736 students from grades nine through 12 in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood.

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