Chris Jones Named Principal of North Park Area High School

Chris Jones C'91

CHICAGO, IL (March 30, 2007) – North Park University is pleased to welcome Chris Jones C'91 back to the neighborhood and congratulate this distinguished alumnus on his recent appointment as principal of Mather High School, a Chicago Public School located at 5835 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago.

Jones will begin his four-year term as principal of his alma mater on July 1 after leaving his current position as assistant principal at Taft High School. Regarding his new position at Mather, where he formerly taught mathematics, Jones said "I look forward to being part of the Mather family. It feels good to be coming home."

According to the school's web site, Mather High School is located in one of Chicago's most diverse areas. Mather is a neighborhood high school with a college preparatory emphasis. More than 75 percent of students speak a language other than English at home. Mather's Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) program is central to the school's curriculum.

The faculty and staff reflect the multicultural backgrounds of Mather's students and serve as translators, role models, and mentors. Mather is committed to creating an environment that fosters student achievement.

When asked about his time at North Park, Jones shares "North Park was a great place to attend. The Education Department has produced numerous educators that are making a difference in the lives of students throughout the Chicagoland area." He points to professors Alice Iverson, Leona Mirza, and Jill Wettersten as his biggest supporters. "Without them, I don't know where I would be today."

North Park employee Susie Olsen C'70 fondly recalls Jones from his time as a student on campus. Working at the time in the Athletics Department, Olsen knew Jones as a football player and summer weight room monitor. "He is just the nicest, nicest guy you'd ever want to meet," Olsen notes. "I remember his advisor recommended he pursue math education. It wasn't easy, but he obviously persevered. This is great news."

Click here to read a complete article on Jones from the March 28 Chicago News-Star.