Phone: 630-771-2420


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science Masters of Elementary Education Masters of Educational Leadership

Mrs. Dawn McCray

Welcome to my page.  I am Mrs. McCray and this is my 1st year as Assistant Principal at Pioneer.  

A little background about me...My husband and I have been married for 16 years.  We have two wonderful children (ages 14 and 10).  I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Biological Sciences.  In addition, I earned a Master’s in Education from St. Francis University and a second Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis University.  I've held several position in the district from substitute teacher, paraprofessional, teacher and now administrator.  Before transferring to Pioneer I was the Assistant Principal at Hermansen Elementary School in Romeoville for two years.  I've also had to opportunity to teach in the Joliet School District.  Prior to my educational career I worked as a researcher at Rush University Hospital in downtown Chicago.

I pride myself on being student centered with the ability to listen, understand, and reflect on student outcomes using data to drive teaching and learning.  It is important to me that WE build partnerships not only with our students but with the community as a whole.  If you need to reach me, please don't hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email (

I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my skills and knowledge to Pioneer Elementary for the 2019-20 school year.