Principal

Mr. David Higgs

Phone: 847-270-9400

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Degrees: • Education Specialist in Ed. Leadership; • Master of Science in Ed. Leadership; • Masters of Science in Curriculum & Inst.; • Bachelors of Arts in History Professional Educators License: • Superintendent Endorsement; • Principal Endorsement; • 9-12 Civics Endorsement; • 9-12 US History Endorsement; • 9-12 World History Endorsement; • 6-8 Social Studies Endorsement PERA Certified: • Teacher Evaluation; • Principal Evaluation

Mr. David Higgs

Welcome to ROUND LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL! 

Your child’s middle school experience is crucial in them becoming a young adult and for their successful transition to High School.  Our staff is committed to your child, you and the Round Lake community. We will work tirelessly to ensure educational excellence for every student both in and out of the classroom. During this crossroads into young adulthood, we will work hard to increase student mastery of subjects and skills as well as encourage them to get involved in different activities, clubs, and hobbies.

I am honored and privileged to be serving in my sixth year as Principal of Round Lake Middle School. I came to this position in 2014 after having been a Principal at every level PK-12 in smaller but similar districts I am a lifelong learner and believe that education combined with hard work and a positive outlook are keys to increased opportunities. Major milestones of my lifelong learning was earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History from North Park University, a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Northern Illinois University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.  However, the best learning experiences for me have come from the students in my buildings.   I know the value of a good education but more importantly, I also know the value of family.  I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three fantastic children ages 16, 12 & 3. My philosophy for leading a school is centered on one question, “How would you want your own child treated?”  This a question I ask my staff all the time to keep us focused on what is best for the individual student as well as for all of the students.

Your partnership with us is greatly valued!   As parents, there are many ways you can be involved in the life of this school and the most important is setting a tone for the importance of why they are at school.  Please take the time each day to ask them what they have learned and about their experiences that day.   Our goal in working with you is to ensure that we educate your child both academically and social emotionally. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, my team or your child’s teacher if there is any way we can further support you or your child along this journey. Let’s make it a great year!

 Respectfully,

 Dave Higgs, Ed.S.                      

Assistant Principal

Ms. Aliaa Ibrahim

Phone: 847-270-9400

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

M.Ed in Educational Leadership, M.Ed in Teaching English as a Second Language, BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education

Ms. Aliaa Ibrahim

 

Welcome RLMS students and families! This year I am excited to begin my second year at Round Lake Middle School. Prior to that, I spent 7 years as a classroom teacher and I gained 3 years of experience as an instructional coach in schools serving diverse populations. My professional experiences include organizing and facilitating professional development, successfully implementing 1:1 device adoptions and rollouts, and empowering teachers and students as leaders. I am eager to serve the students, families, and staff of RLMS as they partner to "ensure educational excellence for everyone" every day!

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my 4-year-old son and my husband. We enjoy spending time in the area as well as discovering the many neat parks, museums, and many other recreational experiences that Illinois has to offer! During my own free time, I enjoy baking, making mosaics, computer coding, and reading a good book!

I look forward to a positive school year in partnership with you all. Please, don't hesitate to reach out to me or your child's teacher with any questions you may have.

Follow me on twitter @aliaaibrahim8

Assistant Principal of Student Services/ Athletic Director

Mrs. DeDe Gill

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Mrs. DeDe Gill

Dede Gill began her career in education 19 years ago as a speech pathologist.  She transitioned into school administration in 2013 working as a Special Education Coordinator.  In 2015, she began working as an Assistant Principal focusing her professional development on Special Education, Social-Emotional Learning and reforming School Discipline. She is excited to be joining Round Lake Middle School this year as the Assistant Principal of Student Services. She has a Master’s degree in Communication Studies, a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and a Master’s degree in School Leadership. 

Mrs. Gill and her husband have 4 children ages 20, 17, 13 and 12, who are their favorite people in the world.  They spend a great deal of time watching their kids participate in soccer, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, track, and Rubik’s cubing! Mrs. Gill is passionate about being actively involved in their lives as their biggest cheerleader, (sometimes) their coach, and as the PTO President of their middle school.  She LOVES coffee and also enjoys a little time in the early mornings at her favorite, local CrossFit gym.  

Mr. Shuman Chehade

Phone: 847-270-9400

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Mr. Shuman Chehade

Dean of Students