Monique Dockery is entering her 15th year as the principal of Oliver S. Westcott Elementary School (Westcott) and her 24th year with the school overall. Under Monique’s leadership and through the hard work of the school staff, Westcott achieved Level 1 status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) during the 2015-16 school year. This represents a tremendous improvement for a school that struggled to break its Level 3 rating from 2008 to 2010. Monique is also proud of the strong partnerships she has developed in the community. Westcott currently partners with the Greater Auburn Gresham Develop Corporation to offer a workforce development program for parents and to fulfill its mission to be a true community school. Earlier in 2017, Westcott received a $10,000 donation from Chance the Rapper to supplement some of its budget reductions.
In the upcoming school year, Monique hopes to continue increasing the number of students meeting both growth targets and attainment goals on the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) scale. To do so, Monique will focus on improving attendance and implementing strong structures, supports and follow-up for all 392 Westcott students.
Monique is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools; she attended Whitney Young Magnet High School. She received a full scholarship to attend National Louis University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a concentration in mathematics. She spent two years working in the Archdiocese at Our Lady of Peace as the assistant to the principal before beginning her lengthy career at Westcott. Monique taught at Westcott as a third grade teacher for six years, became the dean of students, the assistant principal, the interim principal and finally, the contract principal in 2003. During this time, she obtained her master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University.
One of Monique’s favorite aspects of the principal role is knowing that each day will be different and that there are always new challenges to tackle. She loves spending time with the Westcott students and seeing their happiness when they accomplish their goals. She is looking forward to engage in conversations with colleagues to share ideas and practices in schools with similar and varying demographics as well as learn more about district policy through the Fellowship experience.