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USD #116 Announces New Administrative Hires

Urbana – Urbana School District #116 is pleased to announce the following administrative hires and placements for positions within District Administration, Urbana High School, and Urbana Middle School. Mr. Neal, Ms. Brown, Dr. Wiemelt, and Dr. Jackson were introduced and their appointments approved at the USD #116 Board of Education Study Session on Tuesday, June 5. Ms. Nolan was approved on June 5 and will be introduced at the Tuesday, June 19 meeting.


Mr. M.C. Neal – Director of Information Technology and Data Analytics

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to introduce Mr. M.C. Neal as our new Director of Information Technology and Data Analytics.

The Technology Team welcomes Mr. Neal from the Urbana Free Library, where he served as the Information Technology Manager for four years; prior to that, he held positions with The University of Illinois, City of Champaign, and Dell Computers.   He has been living in the Central Illinois area for the past 19 years, and during this time, he earned a Master of Library and Information Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016.  In 2013, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University in Organizational Development. His Associates Degree from Parkland College was in Network Administration. He was the Chapter President of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and the Keynote Speaker from the Parkland Commencement ceremony in 2011.


Ms. Janice Nolan – Associate Principal, Urbana High School

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to introduce Ms. Janice Nolan as our new Associate Principal at Urbana High School.  Ms. Nolan will start on July 1, 2018. This is a new position that has been created by the re-organization of UHS current administrative and discipline structure.

Janice Nolan Urbana High School welcomes Ms. Nolan from Christel House Academy in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she has served as Assistant Principal of their PreK-12th grade program since July 2017.  She also served as Assistant Principal in Indianapolis Public Schools (at the PreK-12th grade level) from August 2014 - June 2017. Her teaching career began in August 1997, where she served as a Bilingual/ESL elementary school teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, DC) for three years.

Prior to her elementary and secondary administrative experience, she was the Director of the Department of English Language Learners at Perry Street Preparatory in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2014.  Ms. Nolan has also been a corporate trainer and adjunct professor in higher education.

Ms. Nolan’s academic career includes an anticipated Doctorate in Law and Policy (LP.D.) from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, (August 2018), a Master of Science in Education Leadership from Columbia University, in 2015, a Master of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University, in 2002, a Master in Teaching/Education from Trinity University, in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts (dual degree) in English and Spanish from Howard University in 1995.

"As a native of the neighboring town of Danville, Illinois, I have always been impressed by the progress and cutting edge work of Urbana School District,” said Ms. Nolan in an email statement. “The more recent efforts of the District to address and dismantle the systematic inequalities facing our youth is what I am most excited about. I am proud to serve as Associate Principal of Urbana High School and to help tackle such issues alongside a team of dedicated and passionate educators. Our students, families, and community are counting on us, and I pledge to work tirelessly to help meet our collective goal for the benefit of all students."


Ms. Deloris Brown – Vice Principal, Urbana High School

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to introduce Deloris Brown as our new Vice Principal at Urbana High School.  Ms. Brown will start on July 1, 2018.

Deloris BrownPrior 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.


Dr. Joseph Wiemelt – Principal, Urbana Middle School

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to announce Dr. Joseph Wiemelt as our Principal of Urbana Middle School.  Since July of 2017, he was the Director of Equity and Secondary Bilingual Programs. Dr. Wiemelt will begin his duties on July 1.

“I am thrilled to be the next principal at Urbana Middle School!” Dr. Wiemelt said in an email.  “I truly believe that we can be a school community that is nationally recognized for equity and excellence and I am all in for the success of our students, families, and staff. There is no other place I would rather be than Urbana Middle School and Urbana School District 116!”

Joseph WiemeltDr. Wiemelt is currently with USD #116 as the Director of Equity & Secondary Bilingual Programs, which was a job title change from his previous position of Director of Equity & Student Learning; Bilingual & Multicultural Programs, a position he had since August 2009, with the exception of 2012-2013, when he served as Interim Principal of Urbana High School.  He also served as Interim Principal of Wiley Elementary since March of this year. He was a sixth to eighth grade Bilingual/English as a Second Language teacher at Urbana Middle School. He was a kindergarten to eighth grade Bilingual/English as a Second Language teacher in Decatur Public Schools prior to joining USD #116. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in bilingual education and educational leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University, and Millikin University.

Dr. Wiemelt earned his Doctorate of Education in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in 2014 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his Master of Education in Educational Organization and Leadership from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and his Bachelor of Science from Millikin University in 2004.


Dr. Mykah Jackson – Vice Principal, Urbana Middle School

Urbana School District #116 is pleased to introduce Dr. Mykah Jackson as our new Vice Principal at Urbana Middle School. Dr. Jackson will start on July 1, 2018.

Mykah JacksonUrbana Middle School welcomes Dr. Jackson from Booker T. Washington Elementary in Champaign, where she was most recently the Assistant Principal. Before that role, she was a teacher at Franklin Middle School in Champaign starting in 2007.  She has taught a wide variety of subjects for various educational organization in our community, including advanced placement history with Operation Hope, Jr., Entrepreneurship with the Principal’s Scholars Program, and African History for Freedom School.

Dr. Jackson’s academic career includes a recently completed Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2018.  She also earned a Master of Education in Educational Policy Studies and a General Administration Certification from Illinois. Her Bachelor of Arts in History was earned in 2007 from Western Illinois University.

Urbana School District #116 is a unit district located in east central Illinois. Our outstanding schools in an outstanding community comprise of an early childhood school, six neighborhood elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an adult education center.  To discover more about our award winning schools and students, please visit You can find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter: @Urbana116.




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Date: 2 June 2018