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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Dr. Mary Beth Cunat

Undergraduate education

BA - Knox College - Elementary Education

Previous experience

MA in Teaching, specializing in instructional technology - Aurora University
MA in Educational Leadership - Northeastern Illinois University
Doctorate in Urban Education - University of Illinois, Chicago
Classroom teacher for 18 years. I taught at the Dominican Republic, Arch Diocese of Chicago, and Chicago Public Schools
Various professional development roles for 7 years - Chicago Public Schools
Assistant Principal at Burley School for 3 years - Chicago Public Schools
Principal at Wildwood IB Elementary for 8 years - Chicago Public Schools


Dr. Mary Beth Cunat is a life-long learner and educator. She recently retired from Chicago Public Schools, after serving in multiple roles from teacher, Central Office leadership, and school administration. Her pedagogical passion has always been progressive approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment that advance student ownership of learning and a child’s love for school. This is why Spectrum is such a great fit. Mary Beth is recently a new grandma to twin girls, and they are the impetus for her move to Rockford- to lead and nurture this “educational wonderland” for the Rockford community which now includes her own family!

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