Keith Palz has been appointed to serve as associate principal for curriculum and instruction at North High School in Downers Grove, effective July 1. Ryan Doherty is currently serving in the role, and is moving to become director of student experience at District 99, a new role established at the district office.
“Keith has served in a variety of educational roles, and has proven to be a creative and caring leader,” said North High Principal Dr. Courtney DeMent. “I’m excited for him to join our team and am confident he will inspire our staff and make a positive impact on student learning.”
Palz’s most recent post was as Principal of Chicago Tech Academy High School. ChiTech is an innovative academy focused on project-based learning, computer science education and real world experiences with Chicago companies.
As a member of the charter school community in Chicago, Palz has served in a variety of roles over his 19 year career, including science teacher, instructional coach, network director of STEM and executive director of school transformation. He participated in the Next Generation Learning Challenge, where he worked with teams to reimagine public education. He has been described as a strong advocate for students who is always looking for ways to improve on curricular practices. Palz has presented on numerous professional development topics nationally, and has received numerous classroom grants throughout his career. He is also certified in numerous curricular-related technologies.
Palz holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, as well as a master’s degree in secondary education from Canisius College, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Chicago State University.