LaTonya Austin is the new principal of Austin Polytechnical Academy. Of the eight candidates interviewed, Austin was the clear favorite among the selection committee.

The Chicago Public Schools chief area officer; an APA teacher, student, parent, community and industry partner stakeholders along with Local School Council members served on the selection committee.

In her former position as principal of the Global Visions Academy, Austin increased the number of students with access to and taking AP courses and expanded learning opportunities for the high school students despite budget constraints.

Before becoming a principal, Austin served as assistant principal at Fenger Achievement Academy and has been employed with Chicago Public Schools since 1997.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Chicago State University, a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Northern Illinois University and a master’s of science in mathematics from Chicago State University.

Austin is currently working on her Ed.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Urban Educational Leadership program.

“APA will provide students with a well-rounded education that includes a foundation in advanced academics, technical skills and social mores,” she said. “At Austin Polytechnical, we believe in teaching the whole child and the empowerment of educators.”

Austin Polytechnical Academy is an engineering- and manufacturing-focused college prep public high school on Chicago’s West Side.