Assistant Principal to Become Next Principal at Hoffman Estates High School

Josh Schumacher

Joshua Schumacher

Joshua Schumacher has been named principal at Hoffman Estates High School, effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Schumacher, an assistant principal at the school for the past five years, will take over the principalship from Jim Britton, who earlier this year was named the District’s director of human resources starting in July.

Mr. Schumacher is currently a 12-month assistant principal at Hoffman Estates High School, overseeing building and grounds as well as professional development of staff members, a position he has held since 2014. He also serves as the school’s activities director. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schumacher was an assistant principal at the school with responsibilities in the discipline office from 2011-2014. He served as the school’s dean of students during the 2009-2010 school year. Mr. Schumacher began his teaching career as a biology and physical science teacher at Hoffman Estates High School in 2002. He was the Hawks’ head coach for boys (2003-2011) and girls (2004-2010) swimming and also served as the assistant sponsor for student council from 2005-2011.

“Josh is a perfect fit for the principal position because he is an outstanding instructional leader and he cares deeply about students,” said Superintendent Dan Cates. “Having been at Hoffman Estates High School throughout his District 211 career, he is closely familiar with the faculty and student-body so the school community will be able to continue its positive momentum without missing a step. Josh connects well with students, parents, and staff, and he is well-known by all for his positive attitude, hard work ethic, and overall enthusiasm for Hoffman Estates High School. This is a great day for Hoffman Estates High School and District 211.”

Mr. Schumacher earned his bachelor’s degree in biological science from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., and his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Ill. He earned a second master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., and is currently working on his doctorate in curriculum and instruction through Illinois State University. Mr. Schumacher is a nationally certified teacher through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest professional credential in the field of teaching. He also was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education with a “Those Who Excel Award” in 2014 as part of the Hoffman Estates High School SOAR Core Committee, a positive behavior intervention.

HEHS Hosts Community Event, Guest Speaker to Teach Tools for Student Success

poster englishFamily, community members, and community organizations play an important role in student success and growth. To showcase the ways to help motivate students, District 211 is inviting an expert to share his experiences.

Hoffman Estates High School is hosting Dr. Samuel Betances and his wife, Dr. Laura Souder, to speak with the community about ways to help students reach their full potential on March 1. The keynote address in Spanish will begin at 2 p.m and will be followed by a reception for Spanish-speaking families and community members.  He will then give a keynote address in English beginning at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow.  Childcare will be available during the event, and food and drinks will be served at the receptions.

spnishad“Dr. Betances story is extraordinary,” said Jerry Trevino, director of Summer School & Community Outreach. “He has taken lessons from his personal and professional experiences to teach and motivate others with the goal of promoting and fostering educational empowerment for all.”

The goal of the event is to teach the necessary tools for success in education and how a community can support that. Betances is the author of Winning the Future Through Education, and the founder of Souder, Betances, and Associates, Inc. He shares his personal journey of dropping out of high school to graduating with a doctorate from Harvard University as motivation for students, as well as to create awareness with educators and community members.

For more information, please contact Hoffman Estates High School Assistant Principal Josh Schumacher at (847) 755-5612, or by email at