Nneka Gunn is entering her 11th year as the principal of John F. Eberhart Elementary School (Eberhart), where she led the school from probation to Level 1 status on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP). Nneka enacted several system-wide changes in order to drive this success: from investments in talent development such as common planning periods and ongoing professional learning cycles, to improving the school environment through social and emotional learning (SEL) instruction and restorative justice practices.
Moving forward, Nneka is prioritizing the use of balanced literacy in primary grades, more rigorous math instruction across the school and daily SEL curriculum. She continues to pursue a vision for increased student academic performance in a positive school climate.
Nneka is a proud product of CPS. After graduating from Morgan Park High School, she attended Northeast Missouri State University and Chicago State University. She began her teaching career in 1995, before returning to school for a master’s degree in the teaching of reading from Chicago State University and a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University. Nneka’s passion for education stems from her love of children and the relationships she has developed as an educator – whether it’s spending time with current students at recess and family events or catching-up with former students who visit and share their post-Eberhart successes.
Nneka believes that building relationships and building capacity are the keys to school, teacher and student success. She is looking forward to building new relationships with other CPS principals through the Fellowship experience, and expanding her leadership capacity. She hopes to bring program learnings back to her school to further enhance student outcomes.