KENDALLVILLE — East Noble Assistant Superintendent Dr. Becca Lamon will be leaving the district this year after being selected as the new superintendent for the Ball-Chatham School District in Chatham, Illinois.
The Illinois school district is set to meet Feb. 24 to officially hire Lamon as its next leader, according to a press release from the Ball-Chatham district.
Chatham, Illinois is a village just south of the state capital, Springfield, in central Illinois, with the school district serving about 4,850 students, making it about a third larger than East Noble.
Lamon has served as assistant superintendent at East Noble for the past 11 years. She also taught classes as an adjunct professor at Purdue University in Fort Wayne.
As Assistant Superintendent, Lamon’s role at East Noble was heavily involved in managing the district’s curriculum, among other front office duties.
Lamon was one of the candidates interviewed in 2021 to become Superintendent of East Noble when Ann Linson retired last year, but was not chosen to take on the lead role at Kendallville, the council having hired Teresa Gremaux instead.
Lamon is an Illinois Wesleyan graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Since then, she has earned a master’s degree from Butler University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Lamon expanded his training by attending several years at the ASCD Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy in Washington DC to work with federal legislators on pressing issues in education and school reform; and most recently was a member of the fifth cohort of Butler University’s Educators Preparing Inspired Change program.
In November 2021, Ball-Chatham launched a search to replace the current District Superintendent, Dr. Douglas Wood, who announced his retirement effective July 29, 2022.
During the research process, the district conducted nine focus groups, two open forums and an online survey to develop a profile of the qualities our community values most in a superintendent. The research firm presented six candidates to the Commission for interviews, out of 31 applicants. From the top six, they narrowed the field to three. The top three candidates were then interviewed with the community, administrative, and faculty/staff committees, as well as with the board of directors for a second time. The Council deliberated one last time and finally chose Lamon.
“Dr. Lamon is a strong, intelligent and hardworking leader with a strong background in school curriculum development,” said Kyle Barry, Chairman of the Board of Ball-Chatham. “She will bring a lot of energy to the neighborhood and will lead us to a productive future.”
“Dr. Lamon strikes me as an innovative leader: unique pre-K design, a focus on STEM from the early grades, an upper-grade career path program for every student, and proactive and creative hiring ideas. During the interview process, she demonstrated the 13 characteristics of the new superintendent profile which was created with broad stakeholder input,” said Board Secretary Andrea Rediger.
A timeline for Lamon’s exit has yet to be set as the hiring hasn’t officially ended, although it’s possible she could complete the rest of the 2021-22 school year with East Noble. before leaving for the new position from the end of July.
“I am honored to be part of the staff and community of Ball-Chatham,” said Lamon. “I find it fulfilling to work with teams of competent, motivated and caring people who work tirelessly to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of students. I know that I am joining a district that emphasizes the needs of each student and the philosophy of student first. I look forward to continuing this tradition while working with the many great stakeholders in the Ball-Chatham District to help us excel as we move forward.