Posted on May 22, 2018 · Posted in Academic News, News, Press Release

(Burbank, IL) St. Laurence High School is excited to introduce a new talent rotation initiative among members of the school’s academic leadership team. The initiative aligns with St. Laurence’s strategic imperative to acquire and retain high-performing faculty members.

Through the move, Brian Gilbert will become the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction, Jeff Clemens will become the Assistant Principal of Student Services, Dan Turney will become the Director of Leadership and Mission Integration and Pete Lotus will become the Director of Strategic Development.

Talent rotation, a common leadership development strategy in the corporate world, is known to improve retention of top talent. The tactic also fosters a new perspective for employees, providing a fresh set of eyes on projects while also giving them the opportunity to develop different skills and advance as professionals in education.

“We are thrilled to take this next step in our strategic plan with the talent rotation initiative,” said St. Laurence High School President Joe Martinez. “Leadership is at the core of everything we do at St. Laurence – and that applies to both students and faculty. These four individuals have provided a great service to St. Laurence, and in turn we have experienced enormous success. This creative strategy is simply the next step in the evolution of our school and its leaders.”

Gilbert, who will be receiving his Ph.D in Curriculum Studies from DePaul University in June, will enhance St. Laurence’s project-based learning, curriculum mapping and common assessments. He will also continue to find new ways to provide instruction in the constantly evolving world of education.

Clemens’ new role will continue St. Laurence’s commitment to providing students the tools to succeed, adding value to their education. A major initiative will include working closely with Gilbert to enhance collaboration across academic programs. Clemens will also help identify additional resources for students in need and build upon the unique Viking Plus Program.

Turney will provide the same level of focus on leadership and mission effectiveness that has become a unique quality of St. Laurence. He will oversee the school’s immersive Leadership Program, while also finding new ways for students to live out the mission of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers.

Finally, Lotus will focus on researching and developing continued opportunities for future growth in St. Laurence’s academic environment that align with project-based learning. He will help strengthen an already robust offering of university and corporate partnerships, remaining proactive in preparing St. Laurence students for life after high school. Lotus’ responsibilities will build upon current efforts that include dual enrollment opportunities with local universities and career explorer programs in medicine, entrepreneurship and electrical engineering.

Continuing as a trailblazer for STEM on the southside of Chicago, St. Laurence became the first school in the state of Illinois to earn the AdvancED STEM accreditation in 2017. In order to earn the certification, St. Laurence had to demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED STEM Standard as reflected by the school’s performance across 11 rigorous STEM Indicators. Achieving high scores across the indicators certifies that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines. Additionally, the school has been voted “Best Private School” by readers of the Daily Southtown for three straight years.