Kelly Mest, assistant principal at Lindblom Math & Science Academy, has been named the new principal at Northside College Prep, effective Nov. 1.
The announcement was made late Tuesday night by the school's Local School Council.
"The goal of the LSC was to find an innovative and passionate leader who would preserve the unique culture of Northside while continuing to push the school forward as a leader in best practices in education. That leader was found in Ms. Mest," according to the council's statement.
Mest is a National Board Certified Teacher with a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in education from DePaul University.
She was a founding member of Northside's faculty in 1999 and served as chairwoman of the high school's English department from 2001 to 2004.