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Glen Oaks' New Assistant Principal

Carla Braun knew she wanted to be a teacher when she was a little girl playing school with her younger sister Emily in their home in Willow Springs.

“We played school every day and I would actually give her homework assignments,” said Braun, who is the new assistant principal at Glen Oaks School. “I really enjoyed teaching, even my younger sister. I just hope she liked it as much as I did.”

Braun and her family, including her parents and older sister Sandy moved to New Lenox when Carla was in second grade. Like most kids, Braun was active in and enjoyed sports.

“I played everything,” she said. She excelled in basketball, martial arts and tennis. Tennis was her “best sport” and it earned her a scholarship to the University of St. Francis in Joliet where she was named team captain.

She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her graduate degree in Educational Leadership, both from St. Francis. Braun earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University.

She taught first- , third- and fifth-grade math and was a math coach and provided professional development to teachers in math through the Metropolitan Chicago Math Initiative out of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Braun said she taught last year while serving part-time as an assistant principal. She taught in schools in Chicago Heights and Burbank prior to coming to North Palos School District 117.

She and her husband J.R., a school principal in Burbank, have a rescue dog named Rey. The couple live in New Lenox.

Braun, 30, said the couple enjoy hiking, biking and most outdoor activities. They also enjoy hanging out with family.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be part of this amazing district,” Braun said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Carla Braun