Dr karen Ritter - Niles West principal

West Names New Principal – Dr. Karen Ritter

Dr. Karen M. Ritter has been named the next Principal of Niles West High School. Her appointment was approved by the Niles Township High School District 219 Board of Education at a special meeting on April 22, and is effective beginning July 1.

Ritter is currently the Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, a position she has held since 2012. In that role she leads the school’s Equity Team, which has nearly eliminated opportunity and achievement gaps in the Advanced Placement (AP) program and has more than doubled AP program participation in four years while maintaining the AP success rate. She delivers annual teacher and staff professional development, including a Restorative Practices session, which strengthens teacher-student relationship and offers alternatives to suspension.

Before East Leyden, Ritter served for five years as Assistant Principal of Instruction at Mather High School in Chicago. She taught French at Chicago’s Taft High School from 1996 to 2007. During the 1998-99 school year, Ritter was a recipient of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, and she taught English to French-speaking high school students in Dakar, Senegal.

Ritter earned her Doctorate of Education in Administration & Supervision-Superintendent Endorsement from Loyola University in Chicago. She holds a Master of Education in General Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, French, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr karen Ritter - Niles West principal