New Immanuel principal making changes but still loves being in classroom
By Erin Sauder For The Courier-News August 28, 2013 10:46AM
Immanuel Lutheran School Principal Sue Domeier passes out lab supplies to the students at the East Dundee school recently. | Erin Sauder~For Sun-Times Media.
Updated: October 4, 2013 6:05AM
EAST DUNDEE — When Sue Domeier accepted the post as principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in East Dundee, it didn’t mean her teaching days were behind her.
Domeier, who took over in July from retiring veteran principal Ken Becker, is still in the classroom one period a day teaching fifth-grade science.
“I guess you just can’t take the teacher out of the lab,” she said.
The facility, at 5 S. Van Buren St., began its 151st school year on Aug. 14.
“It’s gone really well. The kids are excited, the parents are excited,” Domeier said. “Those are all good things.”
She lauds the Immanuel Lutheran School staff she works with.
“We have a strong, seasoned faculty, and that’s a wonderful thing,” she said. “And great support from our pastor and the church.”
Immanuel Lutheran School teacher and Assistant Principal Barry Faga praises Domeier’s leadership and enthusiasm for teaching.
“She’s a science teacher extraordinaire,” Faga said. “She’s taken the program here to great heights. It’s one of her personal interests, and she passes it on to the kids.”
Domeier has been with Immanuel Lutheran School for six years.
Prior to that, she served as assistant principal at a school in Wheaton for several years, and as principal at an Itasca school.
One goal she has for Immanuel Lutheran, which serves more than 300 students, is to keep pace with technological advancements.
“We’ve had some good success with that over the last couple of years,” she said.
A grant has enabled the school to purchase iPads and put Smart Boards in almost every classroom.
Green the goal
Another goal of Domeier is to make the East Dundee campus more green and work with the students to earn the school an Earth Flag.
“I’m asking the student council to work with recycling more to help us reduce our garbage and reduce our waste hauler, which could also lower our costs,” she said. “A second component to (earning the flag) is that students have to develop a plan of how they have made a green impact on our footprint.”
When classes began earlier this month, Domeier had a surprise in store for the students. She announced that the school’s gym will now be used midday as a cafeteria, changing the years-old practice of eating lunch in the classrooms. With the increase in full-day kindergarten students, that class outgrew their lunch spot, necessitating the change.
“So kids can eat all together in a couple of different shifts,” Domeier said.
She said her new role as principal offers her the best of both worlds.
“I enjoy meeting with the kids and working with teachers and facilitating opportunities for them to do new things with kids,” she said.