Dr. Prickett named Principal of the Year

The East Campus principal, known making personal connections with his students, learned of the honor during a surprise ceremony Thursday afternoon


Amy Maciaszek

A table full of treats and gym full of family and friends surprised Illinois Principal of the Year Dr. Jeff Prickett during a special award ceremony in the Easy Main Gym on March 18.

Emma Snyder, News Editor

On March 18, Dr. Jeff Prickett, current principal of East Campus, was announced as the 2021 Illinois High School Principal of the Year. 

“How does it feel? In a word — amazing!” said Prickett, who has been principal of East since 2017. “But at the same time, I am incredibly humbled because I know there are so many phenomenal school leaders out there in Illinois. I am still feeling speechless today after yesterday’s surprise.”

Prickett was honored for this recognition at a surprise ceremony at East Campus by officials from the Horace Mann Educators Association and the Illinois Principals Association, who made the announcement. 

I think the most exciting part of the recognition is just the fact that I was able to spend it with family, students and teachers,” said Prickett. “They are the reason I do this work, and to be able to honor everyone through this recognition means the world to me.”

Prickett earned this recognition due, in part, to his dedication to MCHS and its students as well as creating and improving a positive learning environment. His efforts to directly connect and interact with students is a large part of the work he does. 

“My favorite part about being a high school principal is the time I get to spend with teachers and students,” said Prickett. “The memories we get to make that will last a lifetime are beyond any words I can use to describe them.”

Next year, Prickett will be the principal of MCHS as the transition is made to a freshman and upper campus. 

“I am most excited to begin my journey as MCHS Principal as we head down this newly designed path in our district,” said Prickett. “I am excited to get to know kids on both sides of town, excited to be in the new space at the Upper Campus, and excited for our freshman as they start their high school journey all together at one campus.”