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Board of Education Approves Nykisha Barefield as Brokaw Early Learning Center Assistant Principal for 2021/22 School Year

 SD308 Community Unit School District

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Board of Education Approves Nykisha Barefield as
Brokaw Early Learning Center Assistant Principal
for 2021/22 School Year


Nykisha Barefield


Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education has approved Nykisha Barefield as the Assistant Principal of Brokaw Early Learning Center at its April 26, 2021 board meeting. She will be replacing Jacqueline Mecklenburg who served six (6) years in that role.

Ms. Barefield received her bachelor’s of science degree, Individualized Curriculum (Major-ECE) from Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois and her M.A. School Leadership (General Administration, Type 75) from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. She is eager and excited to promote growth and development in the students at Brokaw Early Learning Center.

Barefield joins SD 308 after having worked with the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, ECSD, Joliet, Illinois since 2002 in various roles, with her most recent being that of Assistant Director of Education and Support Services since 2014.  Barefield has also had 18 years of experience in the implementation of services in the Head Start program and was a Head Start Teacher at the Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet for four (4) years.  Her professional affiliations include:  National Head Start Association-Trainer; Illinois Head Start Association-Quality Enrichment Circle (Content Area Expert); Pyramid Model Implementation Trainer; Early Childhood Community Focus Group and Early Childhood Coordinators-StarNet Region VI; National Black Child Development; Head Start Fellow; NAACP (DuPage); Joliet Junior College Alumni Board-Director of Large; Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Education Committee; Joliet Public School District 86 Community Partnership & Literacy Committee; Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce; and NAEYC/IAEYC. “Barefield’s knowledge and background with Head Start will be beneficial as she grows our strong and comprehensive early childhood education program,” said Dr. John Sparlin, Superintendent of Schools.

Barefield shared that one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou is “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  “This is one of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou that resonates with my enthusiasm to be joining the team at Brokaw Early Learning Center and SD 308!” said Barefield.  “I plan to bring those qualities and more as I work hard to promote a positive learning and work environment for all.”