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Ms. Janice Wells                                                                        
Email: [email protected]                                                               
Telephone: 708-679-5600

Janice Wells joined Rich Township High School District 227 in August 2020 as the Director of Fine Arts & International  Baccalaureate. During her short time here in the district, she has led the FAC admin team through the recruitment and training process of 12 teachers across seven subject areas in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP). She has expanded the student participation in the MYP from 40 to 150 students to include the ninth and tenth grades at the Fine Arts & Communication Campus. 

Previous to joining the Raptor Family, Ms. Wells was the first contract principal of the only public, selective enrollment high school with three authorized International Baccalaureate and two Career and Technical Education programs in the state of Illinois. Ms. Wells is a native Chicagoan and alumna of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the prestigious Florida A&M University, and graduate degree from Chicago State University. She began her career in education over two decades ago as a middle school teacher in Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, Florida then returned to Chicago to influence the students of urban communities within Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Ms. Wells has served CPS students in the roles of teacher, program director, assistant principal, Deputy Chief of High School, and principal.  

Throughout her career, Ms. Wells has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for our youth by decreasing the dropout rate, building teacher capacity, developing school leadership, and increasing college enrollment rates at both the school and district level. As principal, she has hired and trained over 75 staff and led the school to be among the top 100 high schools in the State of Illinois (2017 and 2018). As the Deputy Chief of High Schools, Ms. Wells supervised 24 principals in her designated area whose schools outperformed other high schools across the district in Freshmen On-Track, Graduation, and College Enrollment Rates. Utilizing the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) reports as a foundation for the development of her philosophy, Ms. Wells has developed intensive strategies to increase the number of freshmen and sophomores on track to graduation and post-secondary options for students across the district.


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