Chippewa Middle School Welcomes New Principal

New Director Juliana Vissering has been Deputy Director at Chippewa for four years.

Juliana Vissering has been appointed principal of Chippewa Middle School in Des Plaines on Monday (July 19) Dist. 62 Meeting of the Education Council.

Vissering replaces Kermit Blakely who left the district this summer.

“I am so excited to be running Chippewa Middle School this school year,” Vissering said.

“I respect this learning community and look forward to collaborating with staff and families this fall.

A familiar face to many, Vissering has been an assistant principal at Chippewa Middle School for the past four years.

Prior to his arrival at Dist. 62 years old, Vissering was a math teacher at Evanston / Skokie School Dist. 65 for nearly a decade.

While there, she became a Certified National Council teacher in 2012. Prior to her stay in Evanston, Vissering worked in Chicago public schools and taught abroad in Mali, Africa.

“Ms. Vissering has contributed a lot during her tenure as vice-principal here at Chippewa,” said Superintendent of Schools Paul E. Hertel.

“She really takes care of the children and is eager to support families in a variety of ways.

“Ms. Vissering is a thoughtful educator who understands the roles we play in the lives of children,” said Hertel.

Vissering received his BA in Mathematics Education from Taylor University in Upland, IN, and his MA in Educational Leadership from North Park University in Chicago.

“I am honored to continue to work with the amazing staff, students and families of Chippewa in this new role,” said Vissering.

“I am delighted to build on the work already done by our school and to continue to move forward to make Chippewa an amazing place to work, learn and grow. “

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