At Thursday's Board of Education meeting, Ms. Maura Burns was approved to be the new principal of Butterfield Elementary School in Lombard District 44. She will officially join the district for the 2019-2020 school year following the retirement of current Butterfield Principal Kris Walsh.
Burns joins the district from Mades Johnstone Center, a public school located in St. Charles that is part of the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative. As principal, she has been responsible for overseeing all aspects of educational programming, curriculum development and use of effective assessments. Ms. Burns has been in this role since 2014, having joined after serving as Assistant Principal of Geneva North Middle School and as a Social Worker in Schaumburg District 54.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work, both from Loyola University of Chicago. Additionally, she earned her Type 75 from Roosevelt University.
“Tonight’s approval follows the recommendation from many staff members at Butterfield who dedicated a great deal of time to serving on an interviewing committee. I appreciate their commitment to this process as well as thoughtful perspectives and insights. Together we all saw Ms. Burns’ clear passion for children and strongly felt she would be an outstanding addition to Butterfield,” said Superintendent Ted Stec.
Stec acknowledged that her hire follows the talented leadership of Walsh and noted that the two will be working closely over the next few months to provide for a smooth transition.
“I am looking forward to building relationships with the students, parents, the community and staff members. I feel it is essential that I dedicate time to exploring all of the successes within the Butterfield community and explore how to continue to enhance learning opportunities for all students,” Burns said.
Burns added that she “believes strongly that the social and emotional well-being of all students is an essential part of a learning community and that students are most successful when they feel the culture of a school allows them to be authentically themselves, take on new challenges, and have a sense of belonging.”
“I look forward to being a supportive leader that continues to build upon this critical foundation for learning at Butterfield School,” she said.
Burns is a current resident of Itasca, where she lives with her children Ava and Andrew.