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Dr. Mary Ann Pollett

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Employment History

  • Principal
    Moses Montefiore Special Elementary School
  • Principal
    Montefiore Special School
  • Educator
    Montefiore Special School
  • Principal


  • M.A.
    Roosevelt University
  • Ed.D.
    Loyola University
23 Total References
Web References
The NAPSEC Washington Update, 1 July 2009 [cached]
Mary Ann Pollett, principal of Moses Montefiore Special Elementary School, testified before the City Council's Committee on Education and Child Development that officials have discouraged teachers at her school from reporting students' disabilities because it is too expensive to deal with them.
"They deny that that goes on, but it does," Pollett said, with her superiors only a few yards away.
Pollett questioned how officials could believe that so few students merited such attention.
The Opening Bell by NEA « [cached]
Christina Samuels wrote in Education Week's (6/18) blog that on Wednesday, Mary Ann Pollett, principal of Moses Montefiore Special Elementary School in Chicago "accused district officials of routinely denying disabled students access to specialized times even barring them from evaluation for learning disabilities.
Gazette Chicago » Gazette takes a look back at news stories of 2010, 7 Jan 2011 [cached]
Principal Mary Ann Pollett retired from Montefiore School.
Tech Forum - Strategies, Solutions and Innovations for Technology Leaders, 27 Oct 2005 [cached]
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Mary Ann PollettPrincipal, Montefiore Special School
Mary Ann Pollett has spent the last 31 of her 35 years as an educator at the Montefiore Special School, a special education therapeutic day school for severely emotionally disturbed (SED) boys, established in l929.She has served as Montefiore's (first woman) principal since l993.Dr. Pollett received her B.S.Ed. in l966 from Northern Illinois University, an M.A. from Roosevelt University in l971 and her Ed.D. from Loyola University in l982.She was one of thirty-one principals selected in l996, by the CEO and the Chief Accountability Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, to serve as a Probation Manager/Mentor Principal.In l999, she was a recipient of the School Leadership Award presented jointly by the Chicago Principals & Administrators Association (CPAA) and CPS.With help from Oracle and Beaumont Foundation grants, Montefiore students all have regular access to technology.A case-study she co-authored with Montefiore's technology coordinator documenting Montefiore's extensive technology-based work was inducted into the Smithsonian's permanent ComputerWorld collection of the National Museum of American History.
CATALYST CHICAGO :: Cover Stories, 3 Oct 2006 [cached]
"We are suffering devastating cuts, and no one is listening," says Principal Mary Ann Pollett.Montefiore lost six of 25 special education teachers but got two more aides, bringing the total to 18.
"To lose this many positions is going to tear the heart out of Montefiore," says Pollett.Previously, the school offered students woodshop and other special classes."Our young men don't learn in traditional ways," she says.
"The appeals process was a sham," says Pollett of Montefiore.
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