“I’m excited to be here and excited to see where the efforts of everyone take us this school year,” said Juletta Ellis, who started as Litchfield High School principal on July 1.
Ellis takes over for Doug Hoster, who retired after several years with the school district.
A graduate of Taylorville High School, Ellis earned her undergraduate degree in English literature from Illinois College, along with her sixth through 12th grade teaching endorsement. She went on to earn her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Illinois at Springfield and her specialist degree through Eastern Illinois University. Ellis also has her superintendent endorsement.
To start her career in education, Ellis taught seventh and eighth grade language arts in Staunton Junior High School for 13 years. She spent two years as the district’s assistant principal for the pre-K through eighth grade program before serving five years as principal at Pana Junior High School.
Ellis was hired this spring by the Litchfield School Board as high school principal.
“I feel like I have a broad educational experience except at the high school level,” Ellis said of the new position. “I felt it was important to see how all different buildings operate in a school district.”
Ellis added that one of the things that drew her to the Litchfield community was the potential Innovation Center in the works.
“Their vision for students is inspiring,” she said. “I’ve heard some really great things from the staff.”
And she’s already hitting the ground running with a revamped and reenergized freshman orientation program on Aug. 10, designed to get more kids involved at the high school. She’s also got other ideas to support all students through a new program called Impact.
“We’ll see how well it all fits together to hopefully create some good community citizens,” Ellis said.
She and her husband, Dave, relocated to the Litchfield community this spring, and Dave is a maintenance technician at Alpine Manufacturing. Their three children, Fisher, age ten, and twins, Natalie and Meyer, age eight, are all ready to start elementary school in Litchfield this week.
She added that her two sons played flag football and JFL this summer, and all three children plan to play soccer.
“We are really enjoying the Litchfield community,” Ellis said. “We have good neighbors and have been out and about already. Our kids love that we live near a park. We’ve also been to the Pickers Market and are involved with the Litchfield chamber.”
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