Steven Juracka, associate principal of curriculum and instruction at Bartlett High School in Bartlett, Ill., has been named the new principal of Hauser Jr. High. Prior to his current position, Mr. Juracka served as an elementary school assistant principal in Lansing, Ill. He began his teaching career as a social studies teacher at Bloom High School, before moving to North Carolina, where he began his administrative career as an assistant principal at Belmont Middle School in Belmont, NC.
Mr. Juracka has a B.A. in Social Studies Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He was selected via an extensive interview process, from an initial pool of nearly 100 applications. District 96 administrators conducted screening interviews with 14 candidates, and invited seven of those candidates for final interviews with a District 96 stakeholder committee.
Committee members were impressed with Mr. Juracka’s child-centered approach to the principal position, experience as an instructional leader in elementary, middle and high school settings, ability to establish and facilitate a common vision that is focused on the needs of children, and his focus on building honest and strong relationships with all stakeholders. Those who have worked with Mr. Juracka describe him as a motivational leader who is fair, respectful, and extremely caring when working with students in all situations. Former supervisors shared that he has excellent interpersonal skills, is an inspirational role model for students, and has a strong background in curriculum and instructional practices.