Meet Our New Staff

Jose Salazar, Assistant Principal

I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy, and enjoying a much needed summer break. My name is Jose Salazar, and I am proud and honored to be joining the Oakdale Elementary family as the new Assistant Principal. 
I have had the pleasure of working with some of the leaders in the building the last couple of weeks, and I am very excited that we share the same vision and goals. wanted to take a quick minute out of your time to introduce myself.

I am very excited to be joining such a diverse school community. I spent time as an Entrepreneurship teacher at New Tech @ Zion Benton East, a Project-Based Learning school in Zion and as a Project Lead The Way (STEM) teacher, department lead, and principal intern at Neal Math and Science Academy in North Chicago. As a mentor and department lead, I was motivated to provide students opportunities to grow and explore by empowering teachers to express their professional judgement while working towards common goals. I spent the last two years as the Assistant Principal of Melrose Park Elementary School in Melrose Park. Here, I served a large diverse student population. We focused on the whole child and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive teaching. I believe strongly in students maintaining their culture and identity.

As with most educators, I became a teacher to make a difference in the lives of my students. I am passionate about helping students succeed, not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom, as well. I believe the best way to accomplish this is to focus on the whole student and utilizing restorative practices. By building positive relationships with students, we can begin to know them and how to help each individual be successful. When we take the time to build positive relationships with all students, staff, and parents, we are letting them know that we genuinely care about them and their success. This leads to creating true collaborative partnerships. My goals are to build and sustain positive relationships with the students, staff, and parents at Oakdale Elementary, support student social-emotional and academic growth through focus on the whole student, support teacher efforts in the classroom, and meet the needs of our families. I look forward to serving you in any way possible, and thank you for this opportunity.


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