Tinisa Huff has been named the new principal at Betsy Ross Elementary School, beginning in July 2020.
She will replace William Milnamow, who has been principal at Betsy Ross since 2000 and is retiring at the end of the school year.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Huff in an email. “I will miss my middle school students, staff and parents, but I’m grateful for the opportunity and excited to work with the children, staff and families in the primary grades. I hope that I have shown my students how hard work pays off and they can grow up to be anything they want if they put their minds to it, because dreams do come true.”
Huff has been assistant principal at Forest Park Middle School since July 2015, where she previously taught seventh-grade English language arts. Prior to that, she taught seventh grade in the Chicago Public Schools.
She has a master’s degree in elementary education from DePaul University, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision from National Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Illinois State University.
At their meeting on Dec. 12, the District 91 school board members voted unanimously to approve Huff’s fiscal year 2021 employment agreement as the principal of Betsy Ross.
Superintendent Louis Cavallo expressed his confidence in Huff.
“Tinisa Huff did an outstanding job as assistant principal at the middle school and demonstrated that she was also able to work well with younger children as the lead person in the district for the Power Scholars program,” said Cavallo in an email. “Tinisa has consistently demonstrated that she loves children and makes decisions that put kids front and center. I am confident that she will do an outstanding job at Betsy Ross.”