On Friday, May 24, the Hawthorn District 73 board of education approved the contract of Dr. James Tohme, who has been named the new principal for the Hawthorn School of Dual Language. Dr. Tohme will begin his role on July 1 when he takes over for Jim Kallieris, who has taken a position in North Shore District 112.
Dr. Tohme comes to Hawthorn from Schaumburg School District 54, where he served as an elementary school principal for both a Dual Language program as well as a traditional school. Over his past 10 years in Schaumburg, he has been instrumental in leading two under-performing schools to subsequently achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Prior to his time in Schaumburg, Dr. Tohme spent 11 years in Carpentersville District 300 where he served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
More information is available on the May 24 media release.