Before coming to Willard and District 65, I had the privilege of serving as the Assistant Principal of Blackhawk Middle School in District 2 Bensenville. Additionally, I held the esteemed position of Dean of Instruction for the Humanities at Hansberry College Prep, an IB World High School located in Chicago's Auburn-Gresham southside neighborhood. But I will always be a 5th grade and Middle School Language Arts Teacher at heart.
Being born and raised in the city of Chicago fills me with immense pride, and I hold my Latina and Puerto Rican culture dear to my heart. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, I understand the transformative power of education. I completed my Principal Residency at Maywood Melrose Park SD89 in 2018, earning a Masters degree in School Leadership from Concordia University. In 2010, I obtained a Masters in Teaching from National Louis University, where I received rigorous training through the prestigious Academy of Urban School Leadership program in Chicago.
Khloe Battle has been in District 65 for 9 years. During her time here, she has served as a SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) leader, met with district administrators to lead, write, and revise the Black Lives Matter at School curriculum, and led the Black Girl Magic Book Club. She’s served on Willard’s School Leadership Team, Anti-Bias Committee, and Culture/Climate Team. In addition, she has been a 3rd-grade teacher at Willard where she’s committed to creating safe spaces for students to feel freedom and liberation in their learning. In her role as Willard’s Dean of Academics, her commitment to education means being the voice, advocate, and leader for marginalized groups, while calling in and unapologetically disrupting racism and bias.
Meet Ms. Boone, the heart and soul of our school community. As the dedicated administrative assistant, she has been a cornerstone of support for students, families, and staff for the past 20 years. Ms. Boone possesses a warm and welcoming demeanor that instantly puts everyone at ease.
Known for her exceptional memory and genuine care for each student, Ms. Boone goes above and beyond to create a nurturing environment. She greets students by name, remembering not just faces but also the unique stories and interests that make each child special. This personal touch fosters a sense of belonging and comfort, especially for those who may be facing challenges.
Beyond her official duties, Ms. Boone often finds ways to contribute to the overall well-being of the school. Whether it's organizing special events, lending a listening ear to a student in need, or collaborating with teachers and families, she embodies the spirit of a true school community advocate.