Judith M. Sauri (Judy) served as Principal of Richard Edwards Dual Language Fine and
Performing Arts International Baccalaureate (IB) School from 2005 to 2020. Edwards serves over
1,0550 students; 95% are of Latino heritage. During the 25 years that Judy has served in Chicago
Public Schools (CPS), she has worn many hats: Bilingual Teacher, Assistant Principal, After-
School Coordinator, Curriculum Design Team Member, ESL Resource Teacher, Bilingual Lead
Teacher, presenter and staff development liaison, Dean of Students, Disciplinarian, Programmer
and Schedule Coordinator, Parent Coordinator, and grant writer; just to name a few.
Her transformational leadership skills have been instrumental in taking Edwards Elementary to
become a Level 1+ school, which is the highest level awarded in Chicago; a Digital Learning
Model School; and received the Award of Excellence from the State of Illinois which demonstrates
program’s successful implementation of high-quality cultural and linguistic programming for
children families of preschool age children. Mrs. Sauri’s education background includes: Two
master degrees in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Masters in Educational
Leadership; and Administration and Supervision of Schools. Prior to moving to Chicago, Judy
graduated Cum Laude from University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Rio Piedras, P.R.
After graduation from UPR Judy served as the Associate Director of the School of Business
Administration at Universidad del Turabo, also in Puerto Rico; there she provided assistance to
the Director of the graduate and undergraduate programs; in addition to teaching graduate
courses in the areas of Marketing Management and Accounting in the MBA program.
Mrs. Sauri’s current affiliations include: Serving as President the Illinois Association of Multilingual
Multicultural Education (IAMME), the Illinois affiliate of the National Association of Bilingual
Education (NABE) in different capacities (Co-Chair of Conferences), Vice-President of the
Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education (NAHE); recognition at the “Día del Niño Parade”
for outstanding commitment towards the education and development of Latino students. She is
also a member of the Latino Advisory Committee for Chicago Public Schools.