Cherokee Principal Search

Dr. Chad M. Prosen Named New Principal for Cherokee

Dr. Chad M. Prosen

The Lake Forest Elementary School District 67 Board of Education has voted to extend a contract to Dr. Chad M. Prosen as principal of Cherokee Elementary School, effective July 1, 2021.
Dr. Prosen, currently principal at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, Illinois, replaces Mr. Luke Livingston, who resigned to take a principal position with Crow Island Elementary School in Winnetka’s Public School District 36.

District 67 Board members approved Prosen’s hiring at their regular June 29 meeting.

“On behalf of incoming Lake Forest Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Montgomery, I am pleased to recommend to the District 67 Board of Education Dr. Chad Prosen as the next Principal of Cherokee Elementary School,” said Interim Superintendent Constance Collins. “Dr. Prosen is known as an outstanding instructional and servant leader in high-achieving learning communities in the Chicagoland area. We are confident Dr. Prosen will bring strong and caring leadership to Cherokee Elementary School.”

“The opportunity to join a school community like Cherokee is rare in one’s leadership journey,” Prosen said. “I plan on doing a lot of listening and drawing upon my past experiences and a shared responsibility model, working with teachers and staff to give Cherokee students the information, choices, and structure they need to be their best in an already amazing community of learners.”

Prosen has nearly 25 years of education experience including as principal of schools in districts in Flossmoor and Medinah and with the Archdiocese of Chicago. Before becoming a principal, Prosen taught at schools in Texas and Illinois, including Brother Rice High School. The Oak Forest resident has degrees from Baylor University, Saint Xavier University, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate in education, policy, organization, and leadership.

With a new school year approaching and following a pandemic year, Prosen added, “It is time to return schools to places of joy. Students need it, teachers and staff need it, parents and guardians need it…we all need it!”
Dr. Prosen will host a meet and greet with Cherokee school families in August. Details to follow.


Our current Cherokee Elementary School Principal, Luke Livingston, has accepted a principal position at Crow Island School in Winnetka effective July 1.

We have begun our process to seek Luke’s successor. We take this process extremely seriously as the principal is both the instructional leader for our students and the person who selects and mentors our teachers. We are working with search firm B.W.P. & Associates and will post the position both locally and nationally.

Search Firm

B.W.P.’s corporate office is located in Libertyville, Illinois. The firm conducts searches throughout the United States with consultant teams built to meet the needs and locations of their clients. The firm's experienced and dedicated directors and consultants are networked with educational leaders, as well as college, university and business leaders, throughout the country. Many are active in state, regional and national educational organizations. Some participate in various state superintendent academies by training current and future superintendents. B.W.P. consultants offer a high level of expertise and breadth of knowledge about talented people throughout the country who are interested in working in leadership positions in education.

Community Collaboration

We will engage our Cherokee school community as the search progresses and keep parents and guardians throughout the District regularly informed of our progress.

Please direct any questions you may have to Deputy Superintendent Rebecca Jenkins,

Principal  Search Survey

We invite you to complete a survey to assist with our current Principal Search for Cherokee Elementary School. Your input in this process is critical to the quality of our search.

This survey will remain open through midnight on Friday, June 4, 2021. It should take just a few minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.

To participate, please, click here.

Search Updates

Key Dates

May 27, 2021

Posting of Cherokee Principal Position

May 28, 2021

Surveys Sent to all Cherokee Staff, Parents, Guardians

June 3, 2021

Search Firm Conducts Cherokee Parent and Guardian Focus Group @ 7:00 PM
Google Meet Link

June 4, 2021

Search Firm Conducts Cherokee Staff and Admin Focus Groups @ 9:00 AM

June 4, 2021

Survey Closes at Midnight

June 30, 2021        

Board Approval - Special Meeting

June 30, 2021        

Announcement of Selection