Crossing the 2021 Finish Line With Northside’s Interim Principal: Ms. Patricia Stuber?

A Profile

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Iliana Garner

You may have seen her walking the halls of Northside or emailing out important school updates. Ms. Patricia Stuber assumed the role of interim principal on March 15th, 2021. Her responsibility is to aid in the leadership transition while the school undergoes a principal selection process. 

After graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ms. Stuber started her career teaching English 3, British Literature, and AP Seminar. She later earned her masters degree in Curriculum Instruction from DePaul University. After serving as a Curriculum Coordinator at another Chicago high school, she became a resident principal at Northside in 2018. 

As Resident Principal, I worked with many teacher and student teams, fell in love with the community, and might have tried my hand at singing during the pep rally before the Cubby Walk,” she says. 

Ms. Stuber now returns to Northside years later as the interim school principal. She is responsible for supporting students and teachers, communicating school procedures, and organizing school events. She is also responsible for leading the school as they transitioned to hybrid learning. 

“After spring break, when we were preparing for school reopening, it was vital for me to listen to feedback through town halls, one-on-one conversations, committee meetings, and planning meetings,” she says. “So while it was challenging to navigate all the unknowns that came about during the hybrid learning transition, it has also been inspiring to connect and get to know the school community.”

As a leader, Ms. Stuber describes herself as a transformational leader, seeking to enact change within the school community. She says she is also a “collaborative thought partner for all stakeholders. I rely on feedback and seek to hear from multiple perspectives when making decisions.“

So while it was challenging to navigate all the unknowns that came about during the hybrid learning transition, it has also been inspiring to connect and get to know the school community.”

— Ms. Patricia Stuber

In her free time, Ms. Stuber loves watching movies, listening to musical soundtracks, and binge-watching good television shows. She and her husband, ten-year-old son, and eight-year-old daughter schedule family movie and game nights whenever they can. Right now, they are watching the second season of Lego Master’s.

Her favorite part of Northside so far has been its community. She says that while the students are thoughtful, kind, and knowledgeable, the teachers are experts in their craft, friendly, and warm-hearted. According to her, Northside “is truly a unique school and a great community.”