Michael Cory Named Principal of Lincoln Middle School

EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Community Unit Schools District #7 has named Michael Cory as Principal of Lincoln Middle School.  

Cory’s hire was approved February 26 by the District #7 Board of Education. He will assume his role July 1, 2024.  

“Mr. Cory brings experience, a deep understanding of our district’s values, and a proven commitment to fostering a positive learning environment,” said District #7 Superintendent Dr. Patrick Shelton. “His leadership and dedication will greatly benefit the students and staff of Lincoln Middle School.” 

Cory has served as Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Liberty Middle School since 2020. He also spent five years at Edwardsville High School (2014-19) as a mathematics teacher and coach before one year as Assistant Principal at Dupo Senior/Junior High School (2019-20).  

“I am honored and excited to accept the position of principal at Lincoln Middle School,” Cory said. “Lincoln is a pillar of the District #7 community and has a rich history in both academics and extracurriculars. I look forward to empowering the staff to become the best professional versions of themselves, helping provide all students with the supports and opportunities needed to elevate student success to new heights, and establish positive relationships with all families of Lincoln Middle School. This appointment resonates with me on a personal level, and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the Lincoln Middle School family and community. The challenge to embody the Wildcat Way is one I accept with pride! Go Wildcats!”  

Cory began his professional career as a mathematics teacher and coach at Warrensburg-Latham (Ill.) High School and worked as a mathematics teacher and coach at Flanagan-Cornell (Ill.) High School prior to joining District #7. 

Cory earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Illinois State University in 2011 and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in 2017. Currently, he is pursuing a superintendent specialist endorsement at SIUE, with an anticipated completion date of July 2024. 

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