Dr. Ben Collins named next principal at Maine South
Dr. Ben Collins has been selected to serve as Principal at Maine South High School, effective July 1. He will succeed Mr. Shawn Messmer, who recently was announced as Maine Township High School District 207’s new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Innovation.
The Maine 207 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Collins, currently a Maine West Assistant Principal, during its monthly meeting Monday evening.
Maine Superintendent Dr. Ken Wallace said, “Ben emerged from a strong field of 40 candidates over two rounds of interviews as the unanimous consensus pick of our interview team of 17 individuals including students, staff, parents and administrators. Ben has deep knowledge of instruction, evaluation and coaching, and he has helped us improve in all of those areas over the past three years.”
Dr. Wallace, added, “He arrives at Maine South at a time when its measurable school achievement is at an historic level because of the great work of staff, students and administrators under Shawn Messmer’s leadership. Ben’s commitment to continuing that trend of improvement impressed the committee, along with his deep knowledge of the structures, strategies and relationships it takes to accomplish improvement.”
Dr. Collins has served as Maine West’s Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning since 2014. “Maine South is one of the premier high schools in the country and I’m excited to join such a wonderful team of dedicated teachers and administrators. I am honored to serve the public in this capacity and know we will continue to grow in our shared mission of improving the learning for our amazing students,” stated Dr. Collins.
From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Collins was Division Coordinator for Fine Arts, CTE, and Physical Education at Batavia High School, where he also worked as the Music Department Chair from 2009 to 2012.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Collins taught general music and band at Lemont and Batavia High Schools. He earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education from the University of Illinois, a Master's in educational leadership from Aurora University and a Doctorate in School Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago.
His research targets teacher evaluation system designs and administrative capacity. He is the co-president for the Illinois Council for Instructional Coaching and a board member of the Music Educators Development Division for ILMEA. He is a frequent presenter on teacher and school leader accountability, instructional coaching, and Arts standards utilization across the state.