Urbana School District Starts the 2012-13 School Year with New Administrators

Urbana School District will start out this coming Fall with a few new faces on their administrative team. Joseph Wiemelt will head up UHS as the Interim Principal and Michael Gourley will join the district as Associate Principal. Guadalupe Ricconi starts her new position as Interim Director of Bilingual and Multicultural Programs, and Elizabeth Ladd begins her role as Assistant Director of Special Services

While new to his current position, Joe Wiemelt is not new to Urbana 116. Most recently he served as the Director of Bilingual and Multicultural Programs for the past three school years. Before this position, he worked as a bilingual teacher both at Urbana Middle School and Johns Hill Magnet School in Decatur, IL. As the Director of Bilingual and Multicultural Programs for the district for the past three years, Wiemelt has demonstrated the commitment and experience needed to provide the leadership and support to the students, parents and staff at Urbana High School. Wiemelt is currently completing his doctorate in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Joining Wiemelt at UHS is Michael Gourley. Gourley comes to the district from Normal Community High School where he served for 8 years in the classroom as a Social Studies teacher before moving into administration, where he spent 9 years as an Assistant Principal. In addition, Gourley holds a Superintendent endorsement after completing post-Masters course work at Illinois State University.

Elizabeth Ladd will serve as the Assistant Director of Special Services where she will coordinate special education programs, staff members and services at throughout the district.

Guadalupe Ricconi will step into her new role this Fall as the Interim Director of Bilingual and Multicultural Programs for the district. Ricconi was previously an Elementary ESL/Bilingual teacher at Leal Elementary and the co-coordinator of the Leal 21st Century Grant program. She has worked in Urbana School District Since 2009. Ricconi was also an ESL/Bilingual teacher in Champaign Unit 4 for three years and Normal Unit 5 for one year.

The district is excited for the coming year as they train new faculty associates and prepare for the arrival of students. Along with their experience, the new staff members hope to bring many innovative ideas and initiatives that will benefit the entire school community.

Information provided by the Urbana School District.