TRACIE SANLIN: HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Tracie Sanlin is the current principal of Chicago Collegiate Charter High School, serving 7th through 10th grade scholars. As a 4th generation teacher and 3rd generation Chicago educator, Ms. Sanlin is dedicated to the city of Chicago and the greater Roseland community. Both of her parents graduated from Fenger High School and her family has been active members of the greater Roseland community and schools for nearly 60 years.
Prior to joining the team at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, Ms. Sanlin was a principal with Chicago Public Schools. At her former school she managed 60 staff members, served approximately 800 students, and managed a yearly operating budget of $2,850,000. During her tenure she increased the school’s enrollment by nearly 10%, improved student attainment on NWEA, and engaged a number of community partners to improve student’s educational experiences. This included piloting an arts partnership with Changing Worlds and 21st Century Community Learning to secure a commitment of $550,000 to support out of school programming for 5 years.
Her experience as a school administrator has been bolstered by her operational, and instructional leadership experiences while at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School (AFBMS) in Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Sanlin was a founding 7th grade teacher and taught social studies to 6th, 7th and 8th grade scholars. During her tenure she also wrote and piloted the implementation of a current events curriculum, and a network wide social emotional curriculum. She also created new student leadership opportunities for her scholars as school librarians and led the efforts to create the first school-wide library in the network. After transitioning from being a classroom teacher, Ms. Sanlin was the director of her school’s Saturday Academy while serving as the school’s Operations Manager. As the Saturday Academy Director, she was responsible for designing and creating weekly intervention materials for 70 scholars and 15 tutors. 94% of scholars who participated showed significant growth in math, and on average scholars grew at least 7% on Reading interim assessments. Her program also outperformed the network of 20 schools on 15 out of 17 metrics for tutor satisfaction and meeting program goals. During this time, Ms. Sanlin also spent a year learning the intricacies of school operations. This allowed her to develop a deep understanding of school finance, food services, student transportation, and health services. She also managed a $100,000 budget for field trips and student incentives.
An active alumna of Teach for America (L.A.), Ms. Sanlin worked tirelessly as an 8th grade History and Science teacher, in South Central Los Angeles as Los Angeles Academy Middle School (LAAMS). While at LAAMS, Ms. Sanlin had the unique experience of piloting an inquiry based science curriculum-as one of 50 teachers participating in the program district wide.
Ms. Sanlin holds a bachelor's degree in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington, a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters in School Leadership from Harvard University. Ms. Sanlin is also a published author of chapters in New Teachers in Urban Schools: Journeys Towards Social Equity Teaching. She currently resides on the South Side of Chicago and loves to spend time with her family, gardening and shopping!
QUIANA MCNEAL: HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Quiana is a Chicago native, hailing from the South Suburbs, but currently residing on the South side of the city. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. After completing undergrad, Quiana went on to study Law and graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Quiana had the opportunity to become immersed in the legal field while working for the County Attorney’s Office in the Criminal Division, however, her work there sparked in her a dedication to education equality as a solution to systematic inequality. Upon returning to Chicago, Quiana joined Teach For America (Corp 2012) and is honored to continue her life’s work working with the students and families at Chicago Collegiate. In her spare time, Quiana enjoys cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children.
ROBIN WALKER-JOHNSON: MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Robin Johnson is the newly appointed Co-Principal of Chicago Collegiate Middle School, serving 5th - 8th grade. Robin Walker-Johnson is dedicated to serving the students and families of Chicago. Robin is committed to embracing Chicago Collegiate Charter School and the Roseland community.
Prior to joining the team at Chicago Collegiate Charter School, Ms. Walker-Johnson served as a teacher, founding principal and Sr. principal in a Charter School Network. Robin has been in education for over 24 years. This 24 year tenure includes 12 years in leadership. During this time she has been an active member of a design team that gained approval and funding to replicate a Charter School. Ms. Walker-Johnson played an integral role in the Network growing from 1 school to 10 schools. She became the first replicating principal within the Network. Under her leadership this new school ranked number 2 in the city for all Charter and Contract schools their first testing year. Ms. Walker-Johnson has led a school of 600 students K-8th. In addition to leading a K-8th school she supported other leaders within the Network. This work included leading turnaround efforts for 3 schools. All 3 schools under her leadership increased by 1 or more SQRP levels within a year.
In addition to her experience as an instructional leader, she is passionate about the operations and budgeting aspect of school leadership. Ms. Johnson has partnered to acquire additional programs and resources to support the school and Network. Ms. Johnson was responsible for operating a 6 million dollar budget. Ms. Johnson supported her colleagues in understanding how to design the budget to include the resources needed and identified in the instructional plan for the school.
Ms. Walker-Johnson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Chicago State University. Ms. Walker-Johnson has worked tirelessly to stress the importance of graduating from high school and college. Ms. Walker-Johnson understands that every community can achieve. As evidence to this belief, she is proud that she served a community with 99 percent minorities and over 90 percent qualifying for free and reduced lunch and sustained 93% high school graduation rates and 73% matriculation to college. Ms. Walker-Johnson is proud of this work but pushes for the day that 100 percent of the students she serves graduate from high school and college.