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 Home-grown leader to take over Auburn High School

 Jefferson AP, RPS graduate Devon LaRosa to lead Auburn next school year

JULY 19, 2013 -- Devon LaRosa, Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Jefferson High School, will take over as Principal at Auburn High School this year, pending board approval. LaRosa is a home-grown leader and Guilford High School graduate. He holds master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction and academic leadership. He taught at Roosevelt Community Education Center before taking a teaching job at Jefferson High School where he eventually became an assistant principal.

Deputy Superintendent Matt Vosberg said LaRosa has a strong background in curriculum and professional learning community development. He is also well versed in the high school academy model – a high school redesign to better prepare students for college and careers. That redesign, piloted at Jefferson, will be practiced in all our high schools this school year.

Vosberg described LaRosa as a passionate and dedicated educator who will be a great addition to Auburn’s staff. Auburn High School is home to the Creative and Performing Arts program, the high school gifted program, ROTC and several successful athletic teams. LaRosa would earn a $109,035 salary.

LaRosa hopes he can be an example for students of what they can do with their lives with hard work and support from family, teachers and staff, and the community. “I came from Rockford Public Schools – I started in the half-day kindergarten program and spent a year in the Creative and Performing Arts program at Auburn. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a teacher, an assistant principal and now principal. I’ve overcome odds that many of our students face – I have five brothers and sisters. Growing up, money was tight. But I worked hard and had a lot of people rooting for me. With that and a lot of perseverance, I tell my students they will also find success. I tell my students to take challenges and turn them into opportunities.”

In January, LaRosa was among the Rockford Register Star’s “13 People to Watch in 2013.” Jefferson Principal Don Rundall told the Register Star he encouraged LaRosa to take an administrative role at Jefferson and knew he would someday run his own school. LaRosa said he is looking forward to learning in this position, supporting what success Auburn staff have already accomplished and continue advocating for students and staff.

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Rockford Public Schools offer a rich and varied curriculum to its 28,000 students. It is one of the largest school districts in Illinois and the second-largest employer in the Rockford region. The district focuses on Readiness Rocks, five initiatives aimed at improving student achievement, making best use of resources and making RPS 205 a desirable and successful school district. Those initiatives are: College and Career Readiness, Seven Periods to Success, 21st Century Learning Environments, Preschool for All and College for All.
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