Northside Bids Ms. Stuber Farewell
By Kate Clemenz
Although mostly involved in behind-the-scenes work, the administrative team at Northside is vital to the success and well-being of the school. Their hard work and collaboration make Northside and the students the best they can be. At the end of the school year, we must say goodbye to Ms. Patricia Stuber, Administration, as she moves on to new opportunities.
Ms. Stuber is the resident principal at Northside. She is here as part of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative, which is a Chicago Public Schools residency program for future principals. Before she is able to have a job as an administrator, she must complete her residency. Ms. Stuber was interviewed by Ms. Kelly Mest, Principal, in August 2018, and was hired by Northside to complete her residency. As a resident principal, her job is similar to that of a principal- Ms. Stuber said “I am a part of the administrative team, so I handle the same administrative responsibilities as the rest of them.” She is also in charge of the Climate and Culture team, and is a member of the leadership team.
Currently, Ms. Stuber’s plan for the future is a little uncertain. However, she hopes to be placed at another CPS high school as an assistant principal. She has always wanted to work in a school-- in fact, she remembered a career day in eighth grade in which all of her classmates were out in the community learning about jobs they were interested, but she went to school and helped in a second-grade classroom. She later became an English teacher at a neighborhood high school for fifteen years and was also the English department chair. Eventually, she realized that “In order to reach more than 30 students, you have to take on more responsibilities.” This is what led her to want to become a principal.
When asked what she will miss the most about Northside, Ms. Stuber answered very quickly: the people. She said “Everyone is really amazing here- students, staff, teachers, everyone,” and that her favorite memory was when she participated in the Cubby Walk pep rally. However, she has also learned a lot; she said “I have learned what it really means to support the workings of a school” and how a school can be a part of a community. Her goal is to one day be the principal of a CPS high school, and her perfect school “would look a lot like Northside.” She recognizes that there are a lot of flaws in the education system, but she is dedicated to making it better.
Beyond all of her hard work at Northside, Ms. Stuber is kept quite busy outside of school. She is in a doctoral program at the University of Illinois Chicago, where she is working to get her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. She also spends time with her two children, and makes an effort to attend all of their events. And of course, she enjoys watching Netflix in her free time as well.
Ms. Stuber has been a very important addition to the Northside community, and her contributions to the school will leave a lasting impact. Samantha Farmer, Adv. 004, who is a member of the Climate and Culture team, said “Ms. Stuber has attended several of the Climate and Culture team meetings and helped us bring our ideas to life. We greatly appreciate her support and dedication to strengthening the Northside community. We will miss seeing Ms. Stuber in the halls and working with her to improve the climate at Northside.” If you pass her in the hallway, make sure you say thank you and good luck to Ms. Stuber. We will surely be seeing her as the principal of a CPS high school soon.