Mr. Brian Rucinski
Congratulations, Graduates! Your faculty, staff and the administration of TF North High School are immensely proud of your accomplishments.
Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Community:
I am sincerely delighted to announce my new position here as principal of TF North High School. Please allow me to share a little bit about myself with you.
I am an educator with childhood roots right here in Calumet City. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Mathematics from Indiana University, and master's degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Olivet Nazarene University as well as in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
My teaching career in math began at East Chicago Central High School. Then, in 2002, I was hired as a math teacher here at Thornton Fractional North. Additionally, I enjoyed coaching basketball and golf. In 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education presented me with an award of Meritorious Service for Outstanding Contributions to Illinois Education. Through my work with the School Improvement Team at North, I introduced a peer classroom walkthrough process and spearheaded the inaugural TF North Career Day. I also led the Homework Center program, increasing attendance by over 200%.
During the 2012-2013, I was able to transition into the role of Assistant Principal of Building Control. During my time in that position, I worked hard to provide a safe environment for students while creating opportunities to grow academically. I reduced suspensions by 78% while celebrating student successes with honor roll assemblies, Student of the Month awards, and incentive-based field trips for students. I have assisted in successfully incorporating restorative practices, including peace circles, restorative chats, mediations, and community service.
There is always more to do to prepare our students for life after TF North and I am genuinely so excited to work together with all Meteor stakeholders to continue to improve learning and life opportunities for our students.
Mr. Brian Rucinski