District 102 Appoints New Principal at Ogden Avenue School


Joe McCauley, assistant principal of Frost Junior High School in Schaumburg’s School District 54, will join La Grange School District 102’s administrative team as the new principal of Ogden Avenue School in La Grange. McCauley’s appointment was approved at the Feb. 17 Board of Education meeting and he will begin his new role Aug. 1.  He will be taking on the principal role following Pattii Waldo’s retirement, who served as Ogden’s principal for the past five years.  McCauley was selected after extensive interviews that included parent, staff and administrative committees.  Superintendent Kyle Schumacher, Ed.D. believes McCauley’s background in special education, passion for educating children and his ability to connect with people will help build upon the strong foundation at Ogden.

“Mr. McCauley values collaboration, demonstrates strong purpose, and is dedicated to ensuring meaningful learning experiences for all children,” said Schumacher.

McCauley has served as assistant principal this year at Frost and has been an assistant principal in District 54 since 2013. Prior to his current position he was the assistant principal at Link and Nerge Elementary Schools as well as Nathan Hale Elementary School, also in District 54.  He began his foray into administration in 2011 by serving as assistant principal of Frank C. Whiteley School in Hoffman Estates, which is part of Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine. McCauley has also worked as a special education teacher at the Molloy Education Center in Morton Grove in the Niles Township District for Special Education #807 where he taught students with severe and profound emotional disabilities.  He began his career as a special education teacher in the Chicago Public School system.  Prior to entering the education field, McCauley worked in the construction industry building sets for television commercials and still photography.

A graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in English, McCauley also holds a master’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois University.  McCauley completed his second master’s degree at Roosevelt University by earning his degree in educational leadership.  He is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Illinois Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

A resident of Deerfield, McCauley and his wife, Nancy, have two sons and he enjoys spending time with his family.