Lake Shore principal comes full-circle

ANGOLA – Jill A. Clark’s journey in the Lake Shore School District has come full circle with her appointment as A.J. Schmidt Elementary School Principal.

Thirteen years ago, Clark came to the District as a third-grade teacher at A. J. Schmidt Elementary. “I am thrilled to be back at the building where I started my career at Lake Shore. This is a phenomenal building with amazing teachers and awesome students and families. I feel like I have come home,” Clark said.

Her path in the District has taken her to Hoag Elementary School as a third- and fourth-grade teacher and her passion for literacy led her to become a national trainer for Step Up to Writing and teacher on special assignment as a K-12 literacy coordinator for the District, an assignment she still enjoys. She has spent five years of her time in the District at the Middle School working first as the dean of students and then assistant principal.

“I have learned so much during my time at the Middle School. I would not be able to support a building without the mentorship of Middle School Principal Erich Reidell. He has really shown me how to lead by example and has taken the time to help me learn,” Mrs. Clark said.

“Mrs. Clark is dynamic, knowledgeable, hard-working and enthusiastic. She will be a true asset to the entire district in this new role as principal as A.J. Schmidt,” Superintendent of Schools James Przepasniak said

Clark begins her new assignment on Jan. 31.

Clark resides with her husband in Lake View, the couple have two adult children who are both in education.