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Anna Marie Newsome, Principal

Anna Marie Newsome is an educational administrator with a focus on bilingual education as well as making sure there are equitable educational opportunities for all students, regardless of background or demography. Ms. Newsome also places a big emphasis on communication and believes that through understanding and acceptance, it’s possible to build a respectful relationship with someone regardless of their differences.

Ms. Newsome’s experience in education includes being a Dean, Assistant Principal, and Principal. She has been in the administrative field since 2008. Before becoming an administrator, she was a Spanish teacher for grades KG-12 within the Chicago Public Schools as well as in the suburbs. Prior to becoming an administrator, she also spent time in The Gambia, West Africa as an Education Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps where she was a professor at the University of The Gambia.

Ms. Newsome holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Secondary Spanish Education as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. She also attended APF Language Academy in Quito, Ecuador during her college years to complete her Spanish major.

In her spare time, she spends time with her 10 year old son, Kwesi, and they enjoy staying active and spending time with their Old English Sheepdog, Bailey, and their 2 cats, Stormi and Sunni!

Amy Wenzler, Assistant Principal

Amy Wenzler grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but has been proud to call Chicago home since 2006. She comes to Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Dewey Elementary School from Chicago Public Schools, with 17 years of teaching and leadership experience, serving students and families at the district level and in both neighborhood and selective enrollment schools. She has a wealth of experience in strategic planning, fostering meaningful relationships, and collaborating with various stakeholders to promote a safe and supportive climate for students. 

Ms. Wenzler is an equity-focused career educator who strives to create school cultures and climates in which students' identities, culture, and talents are championed so that each and every student can thrive. She believes that students' academic, social, and emotional development is maximized by culturally relevant instruction holistically delivered in a safe and supportive school environment. As a school leader, she is committed to purposeful adult development, ensuring that adult educators are equipped and empowered to create opportunities and provide resources to meet each of their students' unique needs and aspirations. 

Ms. Wenzler attended Western Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. Additionally, she holds two master’s degrees: one from National-Louis University focused on curriculum & instruction, and another from Concordia University Chicago where she focused on educational leadership. 

In her spare time, Ms. Wenzler enjoys reading, gardening, being outdoors, and, of course, spending time with her 15-year-old son, Kaiden, and their cats, Kimball and Warner.

Student Services

School Improvement Team

The School Improvement Team manages school wide instructional improvement. They develop, oversee and monitor progress with execution of schoolwide improvement plan for increasing student achievement.

The Dewey Elementary School Leadership Team is charged with overseeing the school's ongoing and continuous improvement. This year's team is comprised of staff representing general and special education, specialists, fine arts, and administration.

This team examines instructional trends and student growth at Dewey in order to support the professional development work happening at the school. The following are goals for the 2021-2022 school year,

  • In Spring of 2021, 29% and 38% of students who are identified as Black or LatinX respectively, scored below the 25%ile. This year, 70% of our Black and LatinX students who scored below the 50th percentile will meet or exceed their growth targets on the  MAP Reading assessment in the Spring of 2022.
  • In Spring of 2021, 46% and 28% of students who are identified as Black or LatinX respectively, scored below the 25%ile. This year, 70% of our Black and LatinX students who scored below the 50th percentile will meet or exceed their growth targets on the MAP Math assessment in the Spring of 2022.
  • Five of 10 items from the Restorative Practices Implementation Rubric were rated below “Proficient” according to the Dewey School Climate Data Crosswalk in May of 2021. In SY22, at least four of the five items will improve to a rating of “Proficient” or higher.

Climate Team

The School Climate Team manages school wide culture and climate for staff, students and families. They develop, oversee and monitor progress with execution of schoolwide strategic plan for improving culture and climate.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Team (MTSS)

The MTSS Committee oversees implementation of tiered supports and monitors progress with execution of supports schoolwide.