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New YGS principal selected

Emily Lelch Yorkville CUSD 115 is pleased to welcome Emily Lech to the administrative staff as the new Yorkville Grade School principal. Lech will begin her appointment on July 1.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Emily to our administrative team,” said District 115 Superintendent Dr. Timothy Shimp. “I was impressed with her extensive work in developing new social-emotional learning approaches and her natural ability to connect with students and their families. Her focus on leading instruction and collaboration will be of great value to our staff members.” 

The District 115 Board of Education approved the hire at its April 23 meeting. Lech will assume the principal position from current YGS Principal Melissa Lewis who is moving out of state to be closer to her family. 

“It is a great honor to be named the new principal of Yorkville Grade School,” Lech said. “I'm energized and deeply committed to building a strong, joyful learning foundation for every child. I look forward to connecting with the wonderful District 115 community.” 

Lech has more than 13 years of experience in teaching and leading elementary education, most recently serving as the assistant principal at two elementary schools in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. She also has served as a teacher in Evanston/Skokie District 65 for five years, Chicago Public Schools for one year, and at a school in Washington, D.C. for three years. 

Lech received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa and her master’s degree in educational administration from Lewis University in Romeoville. She is currently earning her endorsement in special education at Elmhurst College.