Bulletin Staff Report

Audrey Haugan, the principal of a large high school in the Chicago suburbs, will become Redmond High School’s new principal starting July 1, after a full year with no principal leading the school.

Haugan has led Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Illinois — a school of 2,200 students and more than 300 teachers and staff — for 13 years, according to a Redmond School District press release. She was also an adjunct professor at Roosevelt and Concordia universities in the Chicago area during that time, leading classes on how to be a principal.

Haugan was chosen among four finalists who visited Redmond High School on Tuesday to interview and meet with the high school’s students and staff, school district officials and community members, the press release stated.

“Audrey brings a great deal of experience to Redmond High,” Superintendent Mike McIntosh said in the press release. “Meeting her and learning about her approach to education gives me confidence she will be able to hit the ground running on day one.”

Redmond High hasn’t had a principal since the school’s previous leader, Paul Nolan, left in June. During this school year, Traci Renwick, the district’s director of secondary education, has led Redmond High, along with vice principals Jason Chatterton and Sarah Peterson.