A Upshaw


    August 2019

    Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and Stakeholders:

    It is with great pleasure and excitement that I have become a member of the Elgin District U-46 Community!  I am honored to embark upon my role as the Assistant Principal of Ridge Circle Elementary, and I am looking forward to assisting Principal  Raine with all the great ideas and initiatives at Ridge Circle.   

    I have lived the past 20 years of my life in Illinois, and cannot imagine living anywhere more special. My love for learning has inspired me to build upon my educational experiences and grow as an educator.  I graduated from National Louis University in 2013 and accepted a teaching position in District 65. During my tenure within the district I taught in multiple capacities including: co teaching, general education, resource, and self-contained special education. I have also served students in leadership capacities including PBIS-Tier 2/3 Coordinator, NWEA/MAP Coordinator, Special Education Standing Committee, School Improvement and Climate Teams as well as Student Council. The decision to become an administrator came from a desire to make a positive impact on an entire school, not just my classroom of students. 

    As the assistant principal, I will work to support students academically, socially, and emotionally. I believe in the potential of each student, and realize we are not just preparing them for the next grade, but for the future. This preparation will include experiences that are challenging, relevant, and meet the needs of the individual student. I am very much looking forward to meeting each of you over the course of the school year. 

    My door is always open to help support you and focus on what is best for our students. Please feel free to contact me with any celebrations or concerns you may have. It is inspiring to think about all that we will achieve working together!

    Here’s to a great year,

    Anissa Upshaw Lanotte

    Assistant Principal

    Ridge Circle School