The District 97 Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of LeeAndra Khan as the new principal of Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School at a meeting Tuesday evening. The decision comes two months after former principal Mike Michowski resigned to take another position in a different school district.
“I want to thank Mike for his dedicated service during the past three years, and wish him the best in his new position,” said Superintendent Al Roberts “I also want to welcome LeeAndra to the District 97 family. She is an innovative educational leader and tireless advocate for children whose passion, creativity and commitment to learning will build on the history of success at Brooks and help the school, its staff members and its students reach exciting new heights.”
Khan served as principal at Bronzeville Scholastic Institute in Chicago for three years prior to joining Brooks. Before embarking on a career in education, Khan spent 10 years working as a civil/design engineer in several of Chicago’s top engineering firms, including Parsons Brinckerhoff, A. Epstein & Sons and Patrick Engineering, according to a press release from District 97.
Khan, who currently resides in Chicago with her 11-year-old son Ausar, said she is looking forward to joining the Oak Park community.
“I consider it a great honor and privilege to be the new principal for Brooks Middle School,” said Khan. “I have always respected and admired Oak Park’s steadfast belief in the importance of education. It is this belief, as well as the desire to carry on the district’s proud tradition of academic excellence, that will guide my efforts and those of my team as we work together to meet the diverse and critical needs of our students.”
In 2013, Khan gave a speech at a Ted-X conference referencing a power outage in the middle of a school day, and how the entire building looked to her and two others to solve the problem. The experience taught her a lot about what it means to be a leader. You can view the speech here: