Adrienne Pavek Named Principal at Conrady
Adrienne Pavek certainly is no stranger to Conrady Junior High School.
The Oak Lawn woman has called Conrady her home away from home since graduating 13 years ago from Northern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in math education. She went on to earn two masters' degrees: one in elementary administration from Governors State University and a second from the Illinois Institute of Technology in math education.
The former Golden Apple Scholar has been a mainstay at the Hickory Hills junior high school.
Ms. Pavek will succeed Andy Anderson, who will serve as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services. Mr. Anderson and his team helped Conrady win the coveted National Blue Ribbon Award in 2017.
She grew up in Willow Springs and Stickney and attended Morton West High School. She has an older sister.
Ms. Pavek said she and her sister developed their work ethic helping out at the family's horse stable in Willow Springs. She said her desire to become an educator came from the care and compassion her first- through sixth-grade teachers showed her at Willow Springs School, but "my work ethic came from the horse stable."
Ms. Pavek played soccer, was a member of the cheerleading squad and was a member of the National Junior Honor Society in grammar school. She played soccer and was part of the National Honor Society in high school.
Ms. Pavek began her career at Conrady as a math intervention teacher where she assisted students prepare for ISAT testing. She spent the next eight years as a sixth- and seventh-grade math teacher before being named a math team leader four years ago.
Ms. Pavek said she enjoys spending time with family and friends and also enjoys a good book. "I prefer books on professional develop and education," she said.
She said the family sold the horse stable when she was in college so she hasn't ridden much since then.
Ms. Pavek said she is "super excited" to serve as principal at Conrady.
"Conrady has been my home for a long time and I look forward to continuing its tradition of educational excellence," she said. "Mr. Anderson has taught me a lot and the one thing that stands out has been how generous he has been in showing me how to talk things through.
"The (Conrady) leadership team is new and they have a lot of fresh ideas," Ms. Pavek said. ""We'll be learning together."