Natalie Profita Thrilled to be Principal at Sorrick
Sorrick Principal Natalie Profita
Natalie Profita’s career path had been pre-determined long before she ever knew it.
The technology instruction coordinator turned Sorrick School principal had a “super techie” father “who built his own computers and an ”IT guy” brother as well as a host of relatives who were teachers, including and aunt, some cousins and a pretty popular uncle and former North Palos School District 117 superintendent. His eponymous name graces the district office building for all to see: Dr. Ken Geraghty.
“Technology has been a personal passion of mine. “I was exposed to technology at an early age,” said Profita, who took over this week as principal of Sorrick School. She was on maternity leave after giving birth to her daughter Lily.
Growing up in Wheaton and attending schools there through high school, Profita said she began her career in District 117 as a third-grade teacher at Oak Ridge nearly 10 years ago.
Two year later, she was pushing into the classroom as a technology instruction coordinator where she helped merge technology with the curriculum.
“It was the best of both worlds,” Profita said. “I was still working with technology, but I was in the classroom with the students. And I loved being in the class with the students.”
She said she had opportunities to work with Sorrick staff “and they were all great.”
Profita said Sorrick was “in great hands in my absence” and thanked Interim Principal Dr. Paula Coughlin and Assistant Supt. for Teaching and Learning Melissa Murphy for their efforts while she was gone.
“They set a great foundation and it was such an easy transition,” she said. “I can’t stress enough how important collaboration is here in the district. It’s the most important thing.
“Working with individuals and individual talents and building upon each other’s talents is key to the success we have around here,” Profita said. “We always make sure we keep kids at the forefront of everything we do.”
Profita and her husband Bob, a project designer at an architectural firm, met while seniors in a math class at Wheaton North High School.
The couple enjoy running and traveling to California, although Natalie admits those trips will be put on hold for a while until Lily gets a little older.
Profita said she is “thrilled to be principal at Sorrick and can’t wait to get to know the school community.”