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Manuel Adrianzen


Alfred Nobel Elementary School

Manuel Adrianzen is entering his ninth year as the principal of Alfred Nobel Elementary School (Nobel). He is proud of the collaborative hard work of the entire Nobel team, which enabled the school to achieve Level 1 status during the 2012-13 and 2015-16 school years. Manuel is constantly inspired by the dedicated adults at Nobel who commit to working relentlessly to ensure the success of every student.

In the upcoming school year, Manuel is pursuing several key strategies that will move Nobel’s attendance rate 96 percent. Additionally, he is looking forward to seeing the chess team and debate teams compete against some of the best schools in the district, and achieve victory.

For Manuel, developing the leadership capacity of Nobel staff and seeing his students grow as learners is the best part of his job. He is motivated by former students who return to Nobel and share stories about how they have attended and graduated from the best high schools and universities across the country.

Manuel began his career in education after serving in the U.S. Navy. He started teaching in CPS at Chase Elementary before transitioning to Ruben Salazar where he stayed for seven years as a teacher. During his time as a teacher, Manuel wondered whether he could have the same effect on a larger scale and decided to join New Leaders for New Schools in 2007. Afterwards, he spent one year of residency at Columbia Explorers before receiving the principal position at Nobel. Manuel holds a bachelor’s degree in adult education from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, and three master’s degrees: one in bilingual special education and two in administration and supervision. He is currently working on a doctorate degree in reading and language from National Louis University.

Manuel’s vision for developing and improving his leadership lies in a deep desire and commitment to serve all Chicago children. He wants to support the leadership growth of the students, the staff at the school and the adults in the community. The part of the Fellowship that excites Manuel the most is being able to learn from other leaders across the district and to collaborate with them on potential policy.

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