District 102 Appoints New Assistant Principal at Congress Park and Ogden Avenue Schools


Sunny Sue Chang Jonas, assistant principal and RTI/MTSS coordinator in Chicago Public Schools, will join La Grange School District 102’s administrative team as the new assistant principal of Congress Park School in Brookfield and Ogden Avenue School in La Grange. Jonas’ appointment was approved at the June 18 Special Board of Education meeting and she will be taking the reigns in this newly created position on August 1. Jonas was selected after an interview process that included staff and administrators. 

“Her innovative approach to teaching and learning and her work with RTI teams made her stand out in the pool of candidates,” said Superintendent Kyle Schumacher, Ed.D.

Jonas has spent the past three years in the Chicago Public Schools system. Prior to serving as an assistant principal and RTI/MTSS coordinator at LEARN 6, she held the position of education and youth services coordinator at World Relief in Wheaton where she supervised and evaluated instructional, social and athletic programs for 300 K-12 refugee students. In addition, Jonas served as an adjunct professor at Lewis University, Wheaton College, Pratt Institute and Northern Illinois University. Jonas began her administrative career in 2007 as the kindergarten program and assessment director at New Haven Reads and LEAP in New Haven, Connecticut. She also served as a principal intern in the New Haven Public Schools system for two years. She launched her teaching career in 2002 at Beaverton Public Schools where she taught kindergarten, second grade and music at McKinley Elementary School in Beaverton, Oregon.

A graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Jonas also holds a master’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Lewis & Clark College. She completed her second master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University by earning her degree in educational leadership. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in bilingual education at Northern Illinois University.

Jonas has garnered awards and recognition including a Socioeconomic Inequality Fellowship with the University of Chicago for 2018-19, Yale RULER social-emotional learning grant with Columbia University's Summer Principals Academy (Teachers College), Project DREAMS Fellowship for educational leadership (Northern Illinois University), 4-H University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Lego robotics and embryology grants, and Lyric Opera 3rd-5th grade scholarship for attendance to 2016-17 Opera in the Neighborhoods program.  She is also a member of Alpha Upsilon Alpha. Additionally, Jonas has presented at local and national conferences including the Illinois Resource Center’s Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students (2014 & 2017), University of Chicago’s Pozen Center Conference for Human Rights (2015), and the National Refugee and Immigrant Conference (2014).

“District 102 has strong vision and leadership at the district and school levels,” said Jonas.  “Committed to student and teacher excellence with a diverse staff and student body, resources are leveraged to strengthen already strong programming, academic and social-emotional learning.”

A resident of Wheaton, Jonas and her husband Mark, a professor of philosophy and education at Wheaton College, have two children, Henry and Pearl.  She enjoys reading, biking, cooking, and e-scrapbooking.