New Assistant Principal Hired at Carpenter

Sean Degman

"Sean brings leadership skills rarely shown in a candidate his age" -District 64 Superintendent Eric Olson

The District 64 Board of Education on Thursday hired a former Oak Park instructional coach as the new assistant principal at Carpenter Elementary School. Mr. Degman will step into the role being vacated by Emilee Creehan earlier this summer.

Sean Degman, stood out as a strong candidate for his active role in coaching and modeling effective instructional practices for staff members in his previous educational roles.

“We’re very excited to welcome Mr. Degman to District 64,” said Superintendent Dr. Eric Olson, “Sean brings leadership skills rarely shown in a candidate his age.”

Degman previously worked in Oak Park District 97 at Irving Elementary School as instructional coach for the past five years. Prior to 2016, Mr. Degman worked as a Data Coach in the same school for two years and prior to that served as a first-grade teacher for five years in District 97 and District 60.

While working in District 97, he led and planned staff development that covered topics such as data analysis, differentiation, and technology integration. Further, he led trainings and worked with staff on the implementation of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for students at the elementary school level.

Mr. Degman was chosen from a pool of 27 applicants. Of those, 10 qualified candidates where screened, with the finalist being interviewed by a number of Franklin staff members, Carpenter Principal Mr. Balduf and district administration.

Degman earned his Bachelors of Arts in Education from Western Illinois University in 2010. He earned his Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from Concordia University in 2015 and completed the Principal Preparation Program from Concordia University in 2017.