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Meet Our Principal

It is with great anticipation and humility that I write this letter of introduction to you as the principal of Lucas Elementary School. I am honored to have been selected to serve and look forward to meeting each of you.

On a personal note, I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and come from a very large family. On a professional note, I have been an educator since 2000, and a principal since 2013. I spent approximately eight years as an assistant principal, and prior to that, I was an early childhood educator for five years.

I am a graduate of Depaul University in Chicago, Illinois. I completed my bachelor’s degree in communications in 2000, dual master degrees in elementary education/early childhood in 2005, and my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership in 2013.

I am so excited to join the Lucas team and to get the year started. See you soon!

Kathy Jenkins, Principal

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About Lucas Elementary

The Lucas Vision

Lucas is a school community where ...

all children have opportunities to grow and learn in a supportive environment, successful learning and respect for all are valued priorities, and staff, parents, and community act in partnership and serve as positive role models to promote lifelong learning.

Our Mission

The Mission of Robert Lucas School is to provide opportunities for students to become responsible, independent learners who capable of making informed decisions in today's changing society. This will be accomplished by challenging each student with a comprehensive and creative curriculum taught by a professional, diverse, caring staff and through the resources and efforts of the entire community.

Guiding Beliefs

  1. All students can learn.

  2. Students learn in different ways and at different rates.

  3. Learning must be motivating and varied to meet individual needs.

  4. Learning is meaningful, relevant, and continues throughout life.

  5. Students are responsible for their learning, while staff, parents, and community share the responsibility of providing learning opportunities.

  6. Learning is accomplished in a nurturing, stimulating environment in which:
    a. everyone feels safe, valued, and respected.
    communication is open.
    there is understanding and acceptance of all individuals.

    d. healthy risks are a purposeful part of growth.
  7. High expectations and strong individual effort are necessary for success.


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