North Lawndale College Prep’s (NLCP) leadership team is award-winning and incredibly well credentialed. Their expertise, commitment and professionalism is unparalleled, and their values without question. But what makes the NLCP team a true success is not their many years of experience, but the heart that each of these individuals brings to their job and to the world of education, every day.

leadership1 John Horan, President

John Horan is one of the founders of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School (NLCP). He served as the Dean of Students at NLCP for eight years and was responsible for student development programs,  discipline, special education, extra-curricular activities and school culture. John currently serves as NLCP’s President and oversees both NLCP  campuses. Previously John served as Executive Director of the I Have a Dream Foundation and Director of the Catholic Youth Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is one of the founders of Amate House, a year long program of service and faith formation for young adults, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

leadership2Dr. Nicole Howard, Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Nicole Howard is an educator and administrator dedicated to providing access to high quality, educational programs for all students. She has over 20 years of experience in education and is a firm believer that success is met when students are both challenged and supported in the classroom.  Dr. Howard pursued and achieved National Board Certification in 2001 while serving as a mentor teacher at Chicago Academy School. She began her tenure at NLCP in 2007 as a math teacher, and in 2008 was appointed Chair of the Math Department. The following year, she assumed principal leadership of the school and served in that role until her promotion to Chief Academic Officer in 2014. She holds a doctorate in Urban Education Leadership from University of Illinois at Chicago, MS Ed. from Chicago State University, and BS in Math from Truman State University.

leadership3Senita L. Murphy, Principal, Christiana Campus

Senita L. Murphy has been employed in the field of education since 2000. She started her career as a first year English teacher at North Lawndale  College Preparatory Charter High School in Chicago, Illinois. Mrs. Murphy was promoted to Professional Learning Lead Teacher in 2006. In January of 2007, she was promoted once again where she held the position of Director of Student Affairs. She also served as the Saturday School Coordinator from 2006 through 2010. Senita Murphy remains employed as the Assistant Principal of North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School. Mrs. Murphy currently holds a B.A. from Chicago State University in English with a Type 9 teaching certificate and a M.A. from Chicago State University in Educational Leadership-General Administration with a Type 75 certificate.

leadership4Tim Bouman, Principal Collins Campus

Tim Bouman has worked in education for sixteen years. He has taught every grade from Preschool through Community College—but mostly High School—primarily teaching English and ESL (in addition to some science, social studies, and Swahili). Mr. Bouman taught and coached track for a year at the Culver Academies in Indiana before joining the Peace Corps to teach English for two years in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. After teaching at two public high schools in Brooklyn for nearly three years, he taught at a primary school in Bukoba, Tanzania for four years. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2004, Mr. Bouman briefly served as Interim Principal of St. John’s Lutheran School in Staten Island, New York, before heading west to Chicago, where, after a year at KIPP Ascend Charter School, he began his career at NLCP. At NLCP, he has taught English and served for three years as the Department Chair. Mr. Bouman holds a B.A. in English and History from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters Degree in TESOL from the Teachers, College Columbia, and a Master in School Leadership from Concordia University.

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