D117 Welcomes Two New Principals



Community High School District 117 is eager to announce Jori Bowen has accepted the position at Lakes Community High School as principal beginning the 2022-23 school year. Mrs. Bowen takes on this role after 7½ years as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to her experience in this role, she was also an Assistant Principal of Student Services for two years and a Math Department Chair for 4 years. Mrs. Bowen began her career in the district as a Math teacher in 2002. “It has been a pleasure to work side by side with Mrs. Bowen over the last 18 years and I am proud that she is moving into the principal’s role at Lakes.” Principal David Newberry said. 

Starting this fall, ACHS will have a new principal, Michael Berrie, coming to us from Round Lake High School, where he has served as principal since 2017. Prior to that, Mr. (soon-to-be doctor) Berrie was director of teaching and learning for Round Lake area schools. Mr. Berrie is currently in the process of finishing the research component of his doctoral studies with a dissertation entitled “Racial Identity and Sense of School Connection in African American Males: A Narrative Inquiry.” Coming from so close to Antioch, “I am very familiar with District 117 and its reputation for excellence,” Mr. Berrie says, “and I feel confident that I can contribute to the district’s continued success.”