Teacher excited to return to middle school


Katy O'Grady-Pyne


 CLINTON — Coming off more than three years as the assistant executive director of the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA), Leslie Albee, the new assistant principal at Clinton Junior High School is excited to return to middle school.
“My professional career has been based in middle school—from teaching to beginning in school administration to my services with the IESA,” said Albee. “I was attracted to this position because of the experience that I am able to bring that will continue to make the junior high a great place for learning and student growth.”
Prior to her IESA role, Albee held several positions at Bloomington Junior High School including teacher, summer school principal, district mentor program coordinator, and assistant principal and athletics/activities director.
“In talking with the (Clinton) district administrators and staff, Clinton Junior High has made intentional strides over the last several years to make the school feel like a tight-knit family where students and staff are recognized and respected as individuals,” said Albee.
    “As middle school can be a time of exciting transition and change, I’m excited to be part of this journey with them. I also hope to be an impactful source of support for students and families.”
Albee earned her bachelor’s degree in middle level education and her master’s degree in educational administration, both from Illinois State University.  
“I am looking forward to building relationships with the students and staff at the junior high and establishing partnerships with families,” said Albee. “Thus far, everyone has been very welcoming and I hope that as I continue to build relationships with the Clinton community, they will learn and know my commitment is to do what’s in the best interest of the students.”
Albee added her thanks to the Clinton community. “I am very appreciative of this opportunity to be back in the schools setting. I’m ready to work with you and for you.”

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