Elizabeth Alvarez, PhD

Elizabeth Alvarez, PhD

Chief of Schools, Network 8 Chicago Public Schools

Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez was born and raised on the Southwest side of Chicago. She is a first-generation Mexican and first-generation college graduate. She received her B.A. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Education with a Minor in Psychology.  She continued with her education, completing two masters and a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction focused on narrative, race and science pedagogy. The title of her dissertation is “Rabbit on the Moon: An Urban Mexican Curriculum Story.”

Liz began her career as a teacher in the Little Village Neighborhood where for 13 years she taught upper-grade science. She was privileged and honored to serve as principal for six years at John C. Dore Elementary, a pre-K through 8th-grade elementary school in Chicago’s Clearing neighborhood where she led the school to Level 1+ status. Prior to being an administrator, she coached district principals in math and science and was an adjunct professor at Concordia University.

Active with the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education for Chicago Public Schools and a member of the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, IALAS, she is also part of the 2019 cohort of the Superintendent Leadership Academy of ALAS and a 2015 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and Corwin reviewer for book proposals.  Liz is a member of the CPS DREAMERS Fundraiser supporting DACA students wishing to achieve their college dreams. She is also a board member of the Latino Leadership Pipeline that coaches and supports future Latino leaders as they work to become future leaders in education.

Liz currently serves as Network 8 Chief of Schools in Chicago Public Schools supporting 18 schools to achieve growth and attainment of high-level performance against grade-level standards while preparing students for college and career readiness. As a leader, she encourages staff, community, and students to achieve greatness in all they do and take pride in their school climate and culture. More importantly, she aims to instill a sense of belonging with a developed understanding of the importance of social-emotional learning to shape schools as safe educational environments wherein learning is at the forefront and increased student achievement becomes inevitable.