Working to ensure the academic achievement, safety and emotional well-being of the children under her charge, Dr. Ann M. Bond has served as principal of Franklin Primary School since 2013. Among her accomplishments at Franklin, she spearheaded the AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program, which seeks to improve students’ college readiness, especially those traditionally underrepresented in higher education. After just one year, Franklin was one of three K-12 schools in the state to hold a national showcase to demonstrate its strategies, and Bond was invited to join the AVID Principals’ Collaborative and represent District 150 at the AVID National Conference.
Having started her career as a teacher at the Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, Dr. Bond has held numerous roles within District 150. As professional development coordinator, she helped initiate a partnership with Peoria Educational Region for Employment and Career Training (P.E.R.F.E.C.T.) to offer a new career and technical education course. She then served as early childhood coordinator before taking on the joint roles of early childhood education director, early childhood special education coordinator and principal of the Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, facilitating growth and learning for about 100 staff members and more than 700 children.
In addition, Dr. Bond led a team of educators, parents and community members through a three-year strategic planning process for District 150’s early childhood program, and helped implement a city-wide Kindergarten Transition Fair, which registers incoming kindergarteners and offers free dental exams and health screenings.
Nationally recognized for her expertise, Dr. Bond has been an adjunct professor at Bradley University, where she currently serves on the Educational Advisory Committee. She has led and served on a range of other committees throughout the community, from the Hult Center for Healthy Living Educational Advisory Committee to the Tri-County Early Childhood Network. She holds two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from Bradley University, as well as a doctorate degree from Illinois State University and a Type 75 administrative certificate. iBi