Ursula T. Hoskins is the principal of Jacob Beidler Elementary School on the West Side of Chicago. She has served in that role for the past 4 years. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in elementary education. Hoskins then went on to start her career as a teacher at Douglas Middle School in Chicago before moving on to Beidler. At Beidler, she served as a teacher and an assistant principal. While serving as an assistant principal, she played a pivotal role in the school achieving the highest CPS rating of Level 1+ for two consecutive years. In 2015, she began her principalship at Beidler and under her leadership the school has achieved Level 1 status over the last 2 years.
As an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated she promotes leadership, service and scholarship. Hoskins is driven to help students through her community work and she firmly believes that success in education is about building relationships. She uses her blend of skills through her career path serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at the same school. That experience gave her a unique perspective on how to meet the needs of her students in an effort to attain sustainable success.