District 116 Hires New Principal for Urbana Middle School
A new era will begin in July as Scott Woods will become the principal at Urbana Middle School. Woods comes to District 116 from Herget Middle School in Aurora, Illinois. Woods will become principal on July 1, succeeding Nancy Clinton who is retiring.
“This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to starting. I’m anxious to get to Urbana and get to know the school community better. Urbana Middle School has an excellent middle level program with a
track record of consistent improvement in student learning. The school is a model of team-based learning and instruction, and clearly it is a school community committed to improving the lives of young learners. I look forward to the opportunity work with the students, parents, and staff of the UMS community," Woods says.
Woods has ties to the area. He explains, "My in-laws—father, mother, sister, brother—all live in Urbana-Champaign area, and that is the primary reason my family is looking to relocate. My wife and I have a one year-old daughter and we want to make sure she grows up close to her extended family. Also, I attended UI and am a frequent visitor to campus. I’ve had season football tickets almost every year since I graduated." Woods got his start teaching in the Rantoul School District.
Woods has high aspirations for UMS, saying, "My first priority is to listen to the needs and perceptions of these groups. What are things they would like to see continue, change, stop doing, or begin in order to enhance the quality of education at UMS. Specifically I want to make sure that all students are successful readers and have solid math skills. We need to make sure that we have appropriate interventions for students that are struggling and programs for students that could benefit from enrichment."
Welcome to District 116, Mr. Woods!