Mrs. Cynthia Crow, Principal
Mrs. Cindy Crow has been named Principal at Chatham Elementary School. Mrs. Crow holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Truman State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University. In addition, she earned her Superintendent Certification from WIU. In her career, she has served as the Iles Elementary School (Quincy) Principal; Baldwin South Intermediate School (Quincy) Principal; and most recently, at Quincy Jr. High as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.
About her chosen profession, Mrs. Crow says, “Each day for all of us is a chance to make a difference, and a school leader gets the privilege of doing so in a widespread mission field. Loving, learning, and leading with students, their families, and our staffers is an amazing gift for which I’m grateful. It doesn’t hurt that there is a lot of laughing along the way, if we’re doing it right.”
Mrs. Crow acknowledges the challenges that come with the profession of educating students as well: “The greatest challenges often reap the greatest rewards. Creating trusting relationships and open communication requires time and effort, and it allows us to overcome any challenges in our way. Our schools continue to become more diverse and the greatest challenge is helping every stakeholder find their place, use their voice, and determine how they will make a positive impact on our school, community, and world. It’s beyond amazing to get to fill the role of steward in this process.”
She is married to Jason, and has two full-grown sons, CJ and Dalton. On her own time, she enjoys traveling throughout the United States in search of the greatest thrill ride. In fact, she is a member of the National Roller Coaster Enthusiast Club! She is also a great lover of all things Christmas. Last year, she participated in the Las Vegas Santa Run where she donned a Santa suit and journeyed through downtown LV with thousands of other Santas. However, some of her favorite memories were from times spent around the card/game table with family and friends. Evenings often find her enjoying her furbabies - Josey and Marty.
Mr. Ben Kwedar, Assistant Principal
On July 1, 2020 Mr. Ben Kwedar will begin serving as an Assistant Principal at Chatham Elementary School. Mr. Kwedar previously served as an AP Government and Social Science teacher at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School where he also coached softball and girls golf. Prior to that, he was a 5th and 6th Social Studies teacher at St. Thomas Grade School (Peoria Heights).
Mr. Kwedar is a 2009 graduate of Glenwood High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History, Minor in Secondary Ed. from the University of Illinois in 2013, and his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago in 2020. He made the University of Illinois’ Dean’s List all four years and had a 4.0 GPA in graduate school.
About his profession, he says, “The best part is the chance to build relationships with students, colleagues, and parents while helping to inspire students to achieve their full potential.” The most challenging aspect of the profession, he says, is preparing students for an ever-changing/21st Century workforce.
He is married to Emily, and enjoys attending Fighting Illini basketball and football games, traveling, and reading.
Mrs. Brittany Sitko, Special Education Coordinator
Mrs. Brittany Sitko has taught fifth grade students for 15 years: first in Belleville, Illinois (2003-2006); and then at Glenwood Intermediate School (2006-2018).
Brittany, an SHG graduate, went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from SIU-E, and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UIS where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
She says what she enjoys most in her profession is being an advocate for her students and helping each one to achieve his or her greatest potential.
Brittany is married to Tyler, who is a firefighter for the Springfield Fire Dept. They have two daughters: Payton, age 10; and Madelyn, age 8. On her own time, she likes reading, exercising, and cheering for the Illini and the Cubs. She also loves to watch her girls do the activities they enjoy - softball, cheer, gymnastics, and basketball.