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Waechtler Named Northfield Campus Principal

New Trier Board of Education OKs appointment; Knier to head academic services.

After a roughly two-month search, the New Trier Board of Education approved Paul Waechtler as their Northfield Campus' new principal Tuesday night. The board also voted to approve Linda Knier as the new director of academic services. 

"It's incredible. In the short time that Paul's been around the connection he's made on campus has been great," said District 203 Supt. Linda Yonke during the meeting. Yonke added that the board was also "thrilled" to tap Knier, who has taught modern and classical languages for 10 years, to lead academic services.

Waechtler started at New Trier as a physics teacher in 2000, eventually becoming Northfield's assistant principal in 2009.

In a statement released in conjunction with the meeting, Yonke said that Waechtler "brings excellent instructional leadership skills to the district."

Roughly 120 applications were reviewed and then narrowed down to 10 candidates by a 17-member committee comprised of staff, parents and board members, according to Yonke.

Afterward, three finalists were selected for full-day interviews on the Northfield and Winnetka campuses.

"I was so excited when I found out," Waechtler told Patch. "I love New Trier and I'm happy to serve the community in this new way."

Waechtler will replace Jan Borja, who has served as Northfield principal since 2001, when the facility was reopened as a freshman-only campus. Borja, who has worked with New Trier for 40 years, is retiring this summer.

"Jan is amazing and she leaves behind big shoes to fill," Waechtler said.

Meanwhile, Knier will succeed Debra Stacey, who also is retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Waechtler and Knier both will officially assume their new positions July 1.

Jeni Spinney January 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM
WOW!!! What great choices the NT School Board has made after a 17 member commitee did the hard work to present what I am sure were exceptional finalists! Paul Waechtler was my 25 year old son's advisor and Paul was terrific with that group of young "men"!. Linda Knier could not be a better choice to succeed Debbie Stacey. Congratulations Linda and Paul!!! Debbie Stacey, you are WAY TOO YOUNG to retire, let's call it renewal as I recenly had a friend refer to his recent retirement, a better word when one is so young!!! Linda, the beautiful Mother, Grandmother and Friend that you are and a terrific tennis partner in the "day", good going. Jan Borha, I couldn't love you more! You became the principal at the Northfield Campus the year my oldest graduated from NT! I had the privledge of working closely with you for four years! What I learned from you and the love and support you were to me and so many of our high school kids words cannot describe. The Names program is one of your greatest accomplishments I believe! Happy renewal/retirement and I wish for you good health and much happiness with your Family and friends for many years to come!!! Best to all four of you!!! XX's Jeni Spinney

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