At its March 12 meeting, the District 91 Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Joe Pisano as principal of Forest Park Middle School for the 2015-16 school year. Accompanied by his wife, Pisano thanked the board for their confidence, then talked about his excitement regarding the new position.
His promotion marks the latest of many roles he has filled in the district. He was a popular eighth-grade social studies teacher, according to several of the board members, who remarked that their own children continue to speak favorably about their time in his classroom.
In 2013, after five years of teaching, Pisano transitioned to assistant principal of Forest Park Middle School. He will assume his new role this summer.
Reached by phone, Pisano told the Review he believes his experiences as a teacher are invaluable in helping to inform his decisions as an administrator. He appreciates the perspective afforded by his five years in the classroom and is “very excited to tackle the new responsibilities” as principal.
Pisano succeeds Karen Bukowski as principal and said he hopes to “continue the successes we have started here,” including work on the Common Core Curriculum, the “One on One” initiative and implementation of new technologies, including Google Chromebooks.
Bukowski is relocating to the Northeast this summer.
A native of Franklin Park, he received his undergraduate degree from Dominican University and completed his student teaching requirements at Forest Park Middle School.
Aside from the promotion, this summer brings more changes for Pisano and his wife. The couple is expecting their first child in June.