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Tarah Fowler New Traughber Principal for 2014 : News : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Tarah Fowler New Traughber Principal for 2014
by Lyle R. Rolfe


The current assistant principal at a middle school in Bensenville will become the new principal at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego effective July 1.

Tarah Fowler of Naperville will replace Dr. Ralph Kober who will retire on June 30 after 18 years with the district. (See adjoining article)

School district board members approved hiring Fowler at the recommendation of Dr. John Sparlin, assistant superintendent for administrative services Dec. 9.

Fowler earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in educational administration and teaching from Lindenwood University if St. Charles, Mo.

“I have always had an interest in criminal justice. Upon graduating from college, I was planning on going to law school. However, I realized that my true passion was working with kids, so I decided to go back to school to pursue my master's in education,” she said.

Fowler taught eighth grade language arts for four years at Jefferson and Hardin Middle Schools from 2004 to 2008 in St. Charles, Mo., and then one year at Frontier Middle School in Wentzville, Mo. for the 2008-09 school year.

She left Frontier Middle School in 2009 to accept an assistant principal position at Holman Middle School in St. Ann, Mo. and was there for three years.

When her husband took a new job in this area, she left Holman and became assistant principal at the Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville, Il., where she will continue until the end of the present school year.

Referring to Fowler, Sparlin said, “Hiring her at this time will allow the opportunity for her to meet students, staff and parents before she takes over. It also allows for a seamless transition, giving her the opportunity to work with Dr. Kober on the 2014-15 school improvement plan.”

Fowler said she will begin working in Oswego on July 1, but will spend time when possible with Kober to become more acquainted with the district.

“I'm hoping to be able to attend some meetings and events throughout the school year here,” she said.
Sparlin said 54 people, including an Oswego staff member, applied for the position.

A screening committee narrowed the field down to six finalists who were interviewed by a committee of 18 people which included administrators, parents, teachers, a secretary, and custodian.

“Their recommendation to hire Fowler was unanimous,” Sparlin said.

“I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to serve as the next principal of Traughber Junior High. I am looking forward to getting to know the students, staff and parents.

“Oswego is one of the school districts that I researched and had an interest in when I relocated from Missouri. When the principal position became available, I knew I wanted to apply.

“I've been an assistant principal for five years and decided that I'm ready to take the next step in my career,” she said.

Fowler said both Blackhawk and Traughber are focused on high academic standards and providing students with a well-rounded education. Blackhawk has about 700 students compared to Traughber's 1,200.

She and her husband, a chiropractor, live in Naperville with their two boys, ages two and four.

Fowler’s salary will be $95,500, which includes the district's $9,977 contribution to her Teachers Retirement System (TRS) fund.

Kober’s current salary is $141,677, which includes a $13,318 TRS fund contribution by the district.

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