North Palos School District 117 is pleased to announce Farah Daoud as assistant principal at Glen Oaks School beginning with the 2022-2023 school year.
Mrs. Daoud has spent her entire professional career in District 117 where she started eight years ago as an Arabic bilingual teacher at Sorrick School. She spent four years at Sorrick before being asked to serve as a team leader and technology instruction coordinator at Dorn School. Farah was then named ELA team leader three years ago at Glen Oaks School.
Farah grew up in LaGrange Park and attended Lyons Township High School before going to DePaul University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and ESL bilingual endorsement from National-Louis University. She then went on to pursue another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from DePaul University.
She said she is excited about her new opportunity as assistant principal at Glen Oaks and having the opportunity to continue to learn from Principal Carla Braun. She credits both Dr. Braun and AP Stephanie Johnson (who was recently named principal at Oak Ridge School) for providing the leadership and serving as examples of how to run a school.
“Carla and Stephanie are both amazing,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot just by being around them. They are such positive, caring, and dedicated leaders who put our students first. I’m so lucky to have been their team leader the last couple of years.”
Principal Braun had nothing but praise for Ms. Daoud. “Farah has been the most amazing ELA Team Leader for the past few years at Glen Oaks. I am so excited for her to join the Glen Oaks administrative team as the new Assistant Principal. She is incredibly knowledgeable, strong, kind, and is loved by all staff, students, and parents. Working with Farah is an absolute dream! “
Mrs. Daoud said there are similarities and differences between being a team leader and an assistant principal. “As an AP, you are responsible for managing the building alongside the principal while being an instructional leader. As a team leader, you are really involved in curriculum work and professional development.”
Farah said she’s excited to continue building relationships with the teachers, staff and students at Glen Oaks. “Joining the Glen Oaks team three years ago is truly one of the best opportunities I’ve been given. I’m thrilled to be able to continue working with such an amazing group of people.”
Farah and her husband Mohammad live in Westmont. They enjoy traveling to Florida, New York and Europe (France is their favorite). In college, Farah studied abroad in France. She is trilingual, being able to speak fluent English, Arabic and French.
She said she knew at an early age she would be a teacher. “I’ve been working with kids and teaching them since I was really young,” she said.
“From the time I was young, I babysat, worked as a nanny, a tutor and a teaching assistant,” Ms. Daoud said. “And my mom is a teacher so I immersed myself in education and fell in love with it at a young age.”
Farah said she enjoys reading, yoga and “just being outside” where she likes biking and hiking.