Lowell High School gets new principal
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent February 21, 2013 5:20PM
Lori Pavell, principal at Hebron High School, named principal of Lowell High School starting July 1, 2013. | Photo provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 23, 2013 6:28AM
LOWELL — Lowell High School has a new permanent principal, its first since fall 2011.
Hebron Middle School Principal Lori Pavell has been named LHS principal effective July 1.
The Tri-Creek School Corp. in a special meeting Thursday approved hiring Pavell. She was one of 30 candidates to vie for the post through a selection process that began in December.
“The Principal Selection Committee comprised of teachers, parents, a community member and administration unanimously recommended Mrs. Pavell, citing her experience and commitment to the school and district goals,” Superintendent Debra Howe said.
Pavell began her career at Portage High School as a teacher and rose to the rank of assistant principal. She left Portage to take the position at HMS.
“Mrs. Pavell’s experience in collaboration, curriculum, college and career readiness, dual college credits, and guidance, as well as her interest in project-based learning and technology integration dovetail nicely with district and school initiatives,” Howe said.
She will replace interim principal Mike Chelap, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Chelap, who was an assistant principal at the school, has been interim principal since long-time Principal Adrian Ritchie took an administration position and later retired.
Pavell’s appointment will round out the high school’s administrative roster which includes assistant principals Shannon Richards and Dave Wilson and dean of students John Becker.
Pavell could not be reached for comment Thursday.