Southeast Elementary School


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Principal's Message

Hello, and welcome to our Southeast webpage!  My name is Haley Vermeer and I am so proud to be the principal at Southeast Elementary in Evergreen Park D124.  Previously I served as assistant principal at O’Neill Middle School in Downers Grove, IL, and as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools.  I live with my husband Wouter and my son Oliver in Oak Park, IL.  


My vision for Southeast is that all students are known by name, strength, and need, and leave with the tools that prepare them to transition to Central Middle School. I believe in the education of the whole child, and will work to ensure the academic, social, and emotional development of each child at Southeast.  


Southeast is a special place!  Our dedicated staff, many of whom have witnessed multiple generations walk through our school’s doors, work collaboratively to ensure that each individual student’s needs are met.  In addition to utilizing professional learning communities to promote ongoing professional learning, our staff members routinely meet to analyze student data to ensure our instructional practices help every student reach their full academic potential.  Our team at Southeast also utilizes Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) to define, teach, and support appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Our students and teachers have ample opportunities to utilize technology to support and enhance the educational process.  More than anything, we desire that all of our systems make our students independent, lifelong learners who are active and involved citizens.  


I am so excited to work together with you and your family to provide a safe and productive learning environment. Please reach out if you have any ideas, concerns, or questions about Southeast! I am here to work together with you!  


Thank you,

Haley Vermeer

Principal of Southeast Elementary