WOODSTOCK – Woodstock High School will be under the leadership of its former assistant principal, Art Vallicelli.
The Woodstock School District 200 Board approved the appointment this week. Vallicelli has been the assistant principal since 2013, and he previously had taught English since 2005. He has taught at Woodstock High School and Bernotas Middle School in Crystal Lake, according to a news release from the district.
Vallicelli will replace Justin Smith, who will become assistant superintendent for middle school and high school education in District 200.
“We are excited to hire Dr. Vallicelli as the principal at Woodstock High School,” District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan said in a statement. “He will continue to ensure an excellent experience for our students.”
Vallicelli, 38, is married with three children. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois and his doctorate in curriculum leadership from Northern Illinois University.
“One thing I’m looking forward to is working with an incredible student body and supportive families and parents,” Vallicelli said in a statement. “Our kids do amazing work, and we need to continue developing whatever goals they have.”
Vallicelli said that Woodstock High School needs to continue to push students on technical skills but also make sure they grow in their maturity and ability to interact with staff and their peers beyond screens.
“We’re in a digital age, and as a whole, schools tend to lag behind. D-200 has made this a priority,” Vallicelli said. “I want to make sure our kids are ready with 21st century skills, not 20th century skills. I think that’s very important.”
Vallicelli will receive a $134,000 salary in his new role.