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Community Welcomes New LFHS Principal

Dr. Erin Lenart

Saying she is “both humbled and inspired to have been selected as the next principal of Lake Forest High School,” Dr. Erin B. Lenart (pictured) will begin her new role July 1.

Dr. Lenart is stepping into the position that LFHS Principal Chala Holland is leaving to become assistant superintendent of administrative services for Naperville Community Unit School District 203.

The Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education approved Dr. Lenart’s hiring May 10 and the next evening she met the community in a livestreamed Q&A hosted by Forest Scout Editor-in-Chief Kailey Albus. Over nearly 30 minutes, Kailey asked Dr. Lenart a range of questions including how she likes to spend her free time (with her husband and 23-year-old daughter) to what drew her to District 115 and what she’s most excited about accomplishing as principal.

“What drew me to Lake Forest is easy,” Dr. Lenart said. “It’s clearly the incredible people. … I can’t wait to be a part of the community.”

What’s next, she said, is continuing to build on the “incredible community”  that Dr. Holland has established and accelerated.
“Mostly,” she added, “it’s about calling Lake Forest home and being someone who the people there can count on.”

Dr. Lenart, currently principal of Fairfax High School in a Virgina suburb of Washington, DC, began her career in education as a high school English teacher and brings with her more than two decades of student-centered classroom and administrative leadership.

“I always knew,” she told Kailey, “that I wanted to be an educator.”

Her hiring followed an extensive search process that began in March and was done in partnership with search firm B.W.P. & Associates, Ltd. and the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood communities.

“The Board appreciates the engagement of our community in this process. We have listened carefully,” said District 115 Board President Jenny Zinser.

Dr. Lenart and her husband plan to reside in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff community. Her daughter will remain in the DC area.