By Eleanor Sevigny
On June 14, 2021 the Board of Education for CUSD #205 hired Mrs. Becky Hutton to be the new principal for Lombard Middle School.
“In a field of qualified candidates, Mrs. Hutton stood out to the committee of faculty and administration due to her demonstrated high levels of knowledge and applied skills that have helped lead her team of educational professionals at Monmouth Roseville for the past 8 years. We look forward to her becoming part of the Lombard community and working with another committed team of professionals for the 2021-2022 school year.” stated Superintendent Dr. John Asplund.
Hutton graduated from Wethersfield High School in Kewanee, Illinois. She then went on to Augustana College for her BA in Elementary Education and Western Illinois University for her Masters in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership (Ed.S: Educational Specialist Degree). From 2003 to 2013 Hutton taught 7th and 8th grade at Sherrard Junior High. In 2013 Hutton became the principal at Central Intermediate in Monmouth.
Hutton currently lives in Galesburg with her husband, Brian, and 2-year-old daughter, Aliyah. She also has two dogs. Even though Hutton is preparing for the start of the school year at Lombard, she took the time to answer a few questions.
Q: Who is your inspiration?
Hutton: My mother, Mary, taught for thirty-five years as a 2nd grade teacher. I still remember visiting her classroom as a young girl, and admiring my mother’s efforts and the difference she made in her students’ lives. I still remember working with a student who was learning how to read. Sitting by the young child and listening to him read and accomplish his goals, inspired me to pursue a profession where I could have more of these moments.
Q: Why did you switch from teaching to being a principal?
Hutton: I wanted to extend my influence from a class of 25 students to every student in a school building. I feel lucky because I still have opportunities to teach.
Q: Why do you continue to be a principal?
Hutton: As an educational leader, I feel like I can have a significant impact on the greatest number of kids. I enjoy working with committed, passionate educators doing whatever it takes to help students be successful!
Q: Why did you apply to be the principal at Lombard?
Hutton: A few years ago, I took classes with Mr. Nick Sutton. He always spoke so highly of the Lombard school community. Through his words, I realized that Lombard was and is a very special place. Then my husband, Brian and I, with our daughter Aliyah moved to Galesburg two years ago to be closer to my job and Aliyah’s babysitter in Monmouth. Understanding what a great district Galesburg is and having the opportunity to work in the district where my family lives, felt like a great opportunity.
Q: What is your goal for Lombard?
Hutton: With Lombard being in its second year as a 5th and 6th grade building, our goal is to create a school culture where students feel safe, supported, engaged, and accepted. We will provide well-rounded and authentic learning experiences for our students. These rich learning experiences will help our students develop the necessary skills for their future. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that every child learns and grows.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working with junior high aged kids?
Hutton: There is never a dull moment!
Q: What would you like to say to the Galesburg Community?
Hutton: I truly believe it takes a community to help our students reach their full potential. I hope to build positive partnerships with our community. I am looking forward to serving this community as Principal of Lombard Middle School. We are better together!