The Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 Board of Education announced Ms. Alison Schumacher will be principal of Webster Elementary School beginning with the 2020-21 school year.
Schumacher has 16 years of experience in education as a literacy assistant, classroom teacher, and since 2014, as the principal of Huffman Elementary – a 3rd-5th grade school in Cahokia Unit School District #187.
She said Webster’s positive and welcoming reputation was a reason she was drawn to the school. “The word ‘family’ came up several times,” she said, “That was appealing to me. I believe school should be a home away from home.”
Collinsville CUSD #10 Director of Human Resources Kevin Robinson said, “Ms. Schumacher is an extremely hard worker who demonstrates a positive attitude and is extremely qualified to lead an elementary building. Her references described her as having a strong work ethic and willing to do anything that is asked of her to make her school successful. We are excited to welcome her as the principal of Webster Elementary.”
Ms. Schumacher will take the position previously held by Mr. Brad Snow who will become principal of Collinsville Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year.
Schumacher grew up in New Baden, Illinois, and graduated from Mater Dei High School. She earned a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a Masters in Elementary Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has spent her career in the Cahokia school district.
“I moved from school-to-school a lot when I was teaching. I taught in different schools and saw different leadership styles. At the time I might not have seen it, but it was a good opportunity. I observed what worked and didn’t work. It helped prepare me to lead a school,” says Schumacher.
Her favorite part of education is watching students’ faces as they discover something new. She says, “I love working with students and look forward to getting to know the Webster students, staff and families.”
Ms. Schumacher lives in Millstadt with her husband Chuck, an electrician, and 7-year-old daughter Campbell. She says her 4:15 a.m. Crossfit workouts prepare her for what the day brings and are the “me time” that balance her life.
Webster Elementary is a PreK-4 neighborhood school in Collinsville Community Unit School District #10. Collinsville CUSD #10 comprises 13 schools, serving 6,400 students PreK-12 in Madison and St. Clair Counties in Southwestern Illinois.