Jorge Elvir, UHS Associate Principal

USD #116 Announces Administrative Hires

Urbana – Urbana School District #116 is pleased to announce our administrative hires for the 2018-19 school year.  Several new administrators will join some familiar faces from Yankee Ridge to Urbana Middle School to Urbana High School.  USD #116 welcomes Deloris Brown, Principal, Urbana High School; Jorge Elvir, Associate Principal, Urbana High School; Patrick Russell, Associate Principal, Urbana Middle School; Maria Elvir, Assistant Principal, Urbana Middle School; Adriana Ochoa, Assistant Principal, Dr. Williams Elementary; and Natalee Bretz, Assistant Principal, Yankee Ridge Elementary.

*Please note - these administrative hires were approved by the USD #116 BOE Tuesday, August 7 during the BOE Study Session*

New employment

Jorge Elvir, UHS Associate PrincipalUSD #116 welcomes Jorge Elvir as Associate Principal at Urbana High School.

Mr. Alvir comes to USD #116 from District 50 in Harvard, Illinois, where he was the Assistant Principal of Crosby Elementary School.  He was the Dean of Students at North Chicago Community High School from August 2015 through June 2017.  From June 2001 until July 2015, he was the Lead Special Education Teacher at Allendale Association in Lake Villa, Illinois.

Certified to train others in Restorative Practices, Mr. Alvir has also been certified as a trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and has provided professional development as a National Restorative Practices presenter.

Mr. Alvir earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University in 2014 and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University in 2008.  His undergraduate degree in Workforce Education, Training & Development was earned in 2007 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Maria Elvir, UMS Assistant Principal

USD #116 welcomes Maria Elvir as Assistant Principal of Urbana Middle School.

Since 2016, Ms. Elvir was a Special Education Coordinator at McHenry High School for District #156.  She held numerous positions with Allendale Association from 2001 until 2016 including Residential Services Educational Site Director, Special Education Teacher and Teacher Assistant, and a Mental Health Counselor.  She is certified in CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies) Training, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and a PERA Evaluation Certified Educator.

Ms. Elvir earned a Master of Arts in School Leadership in 2014 from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University in 2008.  In 2007, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education, Training and Development from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.



Change of Position

USD #116 is pleased to introduce Deloris Brown as our new Principal at Urbana High School.  She was originally introduced as the new Vice Principal of UHS.  However, she interviewed for the principal position when it because available, and accepted the position when offered.

Deloris Brown, UHS PrincipalPrior to coming to Urbana, Deloris Brown has been employed at Stephen Decatur Middle School as Principal.  In this leadership position Ms. Brown has done an excellent job in coordinating programs and services that have resulted in providing an academic climate that is conducive to maximum educational development. In the last two years the middle school has shown academic gains and climate improvement at all grade levels that would only be possible through the cooperation and support of her teachers. She places a great importance in being visible in classrooms, hallways and at almost all of athletic events. She requires all of her administrative team to continually engage with staff, students and parents in order to promote a supportive and collaborative culture. Ms. Brown spends most evenings calling parents to discuss concerns and challenges yet also makes it a priority to discuss student triumphs and successes. She also spends many evening mentoring staff members on successful strategies to engage our students and to attain a supportive classroom environment. Her vigilant pursuit of student success is evident in the professional development that she provides for all staff.

Research shows quite clearly that schools perceived as being positive, safe, and nurturing environments focused on student learning do better than schools that lack this important focus. Deloris has been pivotal in school-wide adoption of PBIS. Through collaborative and reflective leadership, she is able to shift climate and culture. The greatest benefit for any educator who successfully manages to improve his or her school culture is the inevitable understanding of one’s self, one’s colleagues, and others, because knowing what people feel and think allows them to be inspired and led. Ms. Brown has achieved the respect of her colleagues through her understanding of this dynamic. When teachers are actively involved in mapping change, the result is improved morale and willing participation. Deloris has attained this vital benchmark.

Her academic career includes earning a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Illinois State University in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science in History Education and Political Science from Illinois State University in 2007.  Ms. Brown is currently a Doctoral student at Illinois State University, working towards an Ed.D.  She was awarded Illinois State University Education Administration and Foundation’s Principal of the Year in 2016 and the Foundation’s Patricia H. Klass & Linda L. Lyman Endowed Scholarship for 2015-2016.

Adriana Ochoa, Assistant Principal, Dr. Williams ElementaryUSD #116 is pleased to announce Adriana Ochoa as the Assistant Principal of Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary.

Ms. Ochoa had been the Assistant Principal of Leal and Yankee Ridge Elementary Schools since January of 2018.  Prior to her coming to Urbana, she was in Collinsville, Illinois, where she was an English Language Learning Teacher for 7th and 8th graders at the Collinsville Middle School.  Prior to 2014, she worked as a Special Education Inclusion teacher at both Dorris Intermediate School for 5th graders and Kreitner Elementary School for 5th and 6th graders, both in Collinsville.

“I embrace this new opportunity in my career,” Ms. Ochoa said.  “I am very excited to be joining the Urbana School District!”

Ms. Ochoa earned a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in May of 2014.  She also earned a Master in Educational Administration in 2005 and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education in 2001, also at Southern Illinois.  She earned a Middle School endorsement in 2014.

Natalee Bretz, Assistant Principal, Yankee Ridge ElementaryUSD #116 is pleased to announce Natalee Bretz as the Assistant Principal of Yankee Ridge Elementary.

Ms. Bretz has worked for USD #116 since August of 2007 in many different administrative and leadership roles.  She has been part of the Unified Professional Development (since 2012) and Racial Equity Leadership (since 2016) teams. Her most recent position prior to accepting the Assistant Principal position was Director of Professional Development. Ms. Bretz was the Director of School and District Improvement and Staff Development Activity Coordinator, as well as an Instructional Differentiation Coach.  She started her career as an 8th grade social studies teacher at Urbana Middle School.  She served at the Program Coordinator for the American History Teachers’ Collaborative from May of 2011 to June of 2014.

Ms. Bretz earned a Master of Education in Educational Organization and Leadership in May, 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in May, 2007, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.


Patrick Russell, UMS Associate PrincipalUSD #116 is pleased to introduce Patrick Russell as the Associate Principal of Urbana Middle School.

Since July of 2007, Mr. Russell was the Assistant Principal at Urbana Middle School.  He served as the Dean of Students at UMS from Agust 2001 to May of 2007.  Prior to his administrative positions with USD #116, he was a teacher at Dr. Howard Elementary with Champaign Unit 4.

From August 1995 to May 2001.Mr. Russell earned his Master of Education in Educational, Organization, and Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2000.  At Illinois State University, he earned his Elementary Education Bachelor’s degree in May 1995.  During his time at ISU, he was an active member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity.



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Date:  7 August 2018