In 2001, I began my teaching career in Summit Hill School District 161 at Indian Trail Elementary School instructing 3rd grade students in all core subject areas. After eight years at Indian Trail, I transferred to Summit Hill Junior High School where I taught 7th grade reading and language arts for five years. Once I earned my administrative degree, I knew I wanted to give even more back to the community of Summit Hill School District 161, my second family. Today marks my fifth year at Walker; first as the assistant principal, and currently in my fourth year as principal. I am very proud to serve Hilda Walker as principal. The 2018-2019 school year will be my 18th year serving as an educator, all within Summit Hill School District 161.
I have always taken great pride in education and have taught my students the same especially when goals are created and the process to achieve them are accomplished. Reaching my professional goals began in 2001, when I received my Bachelors of Science in Education from Illinois State University. Just a few years later, in 2004, I earned my Masters in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University and then went on to earn my Masters in Educational Administration from SXU in 2007. Throughout my educational journey and career, I’ve strived to gain many experiences in order to support staff and students in the best possible way. This has led me to become the administrator I am today; one who puts students’ best interests at the forefront of every decision while supporting and leading my incredible staff.
Career and education have been top priorities in my life, but my two amazing children are as well. My son is the most energetic, athletic, enthusiastic fifth grader out there and my daughter, entering second grade, is just as smart, compassionate, and energetic as her big brother. Both are my pride and joy. Both absolutely love Walker students and staff as much as I do. And both will be Walker’s biggest cheerleaders!
Here’s to another wonderful year at Walker! Laura C. Goebel, Principal