New principal to replace outgoing head of Glacier Ridge Elementary School – Shaw Local


The new principal of Glacier Ridge Elementary School has been with Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 since 2001, serving as vice-principal in two schools and district-level principal.

The school board approved the hiring of Anastasia Gruper as the school’s principal at its meeting on Tuesday.

It will begin with the 2022-23 school year. She will replace John Jacobsen, head of Glacier Ridge for 15 years and who is retiring at the end of this school year, according to a press release.

“Taking the lead after Mr. Jacobsen retires will be tough to fill, but I will give it my all,” Gruper said in a statement. “I am thrilled to reunite with the amazing staff and families I had the pleasure of serving in my previous role and look forward to meeting the new families who have since joined the Glacier Ridge community.”

Gruper joined District 47 in the 2001-2002 school year as a teacher at Bernotas Middle School, according to the statement. She became deputy director there in 2008 where she spent five years. After that, she became vice principal of Glacier Ridge Elementary School and served there for another five years.

Gruper joined the district’s leadership team as director of professional development in 2018 and currently serves as the district’s director of literacy and social studies, according to the release. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University and in educational leadership from St. Francis University. In 2020, she received her doctorate in literacy from Judson University.

“Dr. Gruper has been a valued member of our administrative team in every position she has held,” Superintendent Kathy Hinz said in a statement. “She has been instrumental in supporting and advancing initiatives and district goals and has earned the deep respect and trust of the Glacier Ridge community.We look forward to his continued leadership.


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