New West Leyden Principal
District 212 announces the hiring of a new principal for West Leyden
On Thursday, December 16, the Leyden High School District 212 Board of Education approved the hiring of Arturo Senteno as the new West Leyden principal, effective July 1, 2022. The hiring of Senteno is a result of an extensive search process, including a pre-screening of qualified candidates and a series of interviews with Leyden administrators, faculty, staff and students.
“After meeting with many outstanding candidates, Senteno emerged as our finalist because of his extensive and vast leadership experience, his passion for building relationships with faculty, and his unwavering support for student growth and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak. “He has demonstrated throughout a lengthy and diverse career in education that he has the ability to lead West Leyden on the strong path that has been established and to help us in our efforts to continue to meet the needs of our communities.”
Senteno currently serves as the associate principal for instruction at Elk Grove High School in District 214. Prior to that, he served in numerous other roles at the district, including associate principal of student services/operations at Rolling Meadows High School, dean of students, biology teacher, and head varsity water polo coach. Senteno has served as a Captain in the Illinois Army National Guard as a medical specialist and did a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Senteno earned a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Monmouth College, Master of Arts in Teaching from Aurora University and an Educational Administration Superintendent’s Endorsement (Ed.S) from Northern Illinois University where he also expects to earn his Educational Doctorate in December of 2022.
“The reason I come to work every day is to give every student the opportunity for personal success and I can’t wait to continue this in the Leyden community,” said Senteno. “I hope that together we can provide a support system that employs advocacy for students and maintains the rigor necessary to be successful beyond high school. My goal is to give all students the spark to light their passion because every child should be encouraged to be the best version of themselves.”
Senteno fills the role resulting from current principal Mrs. Patricia Makishima’s intention to step away from the role at the conclusion of this school year to pursue other opportunities.
“Mrs. Makishima has been a crucial part of the Leyden family for the past three years, and we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures,” said Polyak. “She accomplished great things during her time here, helped lead us through the pandemic, and will be missed by the entire Leyden Family.”