The High School District 214 Board of Education has named a veteran educator as Wheeling High School’s next principal.
Jerry Cook, current principal of Elgin High School, was appointed to the top administrative position during the Board Workshop meeting February 23. The appointment is effective July 1.
“We are confident that Jerry’s experience in education, leadership and vision will support the tremendous work already happening at Wheeling,” said Superintendent Dr. David R. Schuler. “Jerry will be a tremendous asset as we continue to work to ensure all students who leave our schoolhouse doors are ready for college and career.”
Cook has more than 21 years of experience in education, holding roles ranging from teacher to dean to assistant principal and principal. His career began as a social studies teacher at Elgin High School in northwest suburban Elgin and Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he was named “Most Inspirational Teacher” in 2004. Two years later, Cook became the dean of students at Gifford Street Alternative High School in School District U-46 and later was appointed assistant principal of the school.
In 2011, Cook assumed the role of principal at Elgin High School, where he led more than 2,400 students from diverse backgrounds.
“I look forward to joining the outstanding team at Wheeling High School and District 214,” said Cook. “I can’t wait to join teachers, staff, students, families and the community to ensure that every student at Wheeling has a clear pathway to college and a career once they graduate. I’m excited to help the Wildcats to dream big.”
Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois State University and two master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University, one in educational administration and the other in curriculum and instruction. He is currently pursuing a doctorate of education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
He will replace Angela Sisi, who was recently appointed to the role of Director of Language Development in District 214.