Principal Jonathon Miquelon
Apparently, change is the new normal. In the past year we have experieced a global pandemic, school closures, the reinvention of education in the United States, the presidential campaigns, racial unrest and powerful national demonstrations and conversations, and countless other changes to our normal. Amid this change,I have been chosen as the new principal of Clinton Elementary School. I am so excited for this opportunity to serve our community, and I hope that through the years, we can build a relationship built on trust, high expectations, and communication.
I have deep roots in this area. My grandmother taught at Bartlett Elementary for a long, long time. I grew up in a family of six on the northwest side of Elgin supported by my parents’ small camera store, Card N’ Camera, which operated for more than 30 years in Elgin. My wife, Jamie, and I have been married for almost 11 years, and we have two beautiful children, Audrey, 9, and Peter, 6. In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, camping, and playing guitar.
I’d like to offer a brief glimpse into my educational journey that landed me at Clinton Elementary. I am a proud product of U-46. I attended Century Oaks Elementary, Kimball Middle, and Larkin High Schools. After graduating high school, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University, Masters of Teaching from National Louis University, and Masters of Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University. I have taught at South Elgin High and Elgin High School, and most recently come to you from Tefft Middle School, where I was the assistant principal.
Through my educational and professional journey, I have learned some valuable lessons that I take into my everyday practice and life.
- Failure is important. We learn best from trying something new, failing, and problem solving to attain success. This creates patience and perseverance in ourselves, and our children. We need to allow students the time for productive struggle if we want them to grow into independent learners.
- Collaboration skills are necessary for future success. Very few people are successful living and working entirely on their own. We need to teach our students to work together productively in order to help them prepare for life beyond Clinton. This is becoming even more important now that digital interactions are rapidly replacing in-person interactions. Teaching students to collaborate in the classroom (both in person and digitally) helps students learn to work as a team.
- Effective communication builds trust. The better we can communicate with each other, the better we can build trusting relationships. I look forward to meeting each of you. I will do my absolute best to communicate effectively and often with you.
Finally, and most importantly, it is my promise to you that our wonderful staff and I will do everything we can to support and challenge your children. In conversations with our staff members, it’s clear that they are professionals who truly care for the well being of our students. I firmly believe that we have the best staff in U-46. We will grow and continue to improve our practice, so that your children have the best academic and social emotional education possible.
If you need to contact me, feel free to call at 847-888-7045 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a great day to be a Cougar,
Clinton Elementary School
770 Mill St, South Elgin