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Josh McMahon

Josh McMahon, EdD, is the principal of Morton West High School in Illinois. He has previously served as an assistant principal, activities director, dean of students, and middle school teacher.
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Josh McMahon

Josh McMahon, EdD, is the principal of Morton West High School in Illinois. Throughout his career as an educator, he has also served as an assistant principal, activities director, dean of students, and middle school teacher.

As a principal, Dr. McMahon leads through the lens and voices of his students, speaking with them in the hallways and observing their classrooms. At Morton West, he is continually working with all stakeholders in the ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities that feed into the high school, to ensure student success for all.

Throughout Dr. McMahon’s tenure as principal, Morton West has seen gains in graduation rates, the number of students earning college credit through AP and dual-credit programs, ninth-grade on-track percentage, and student athletic and activity participation. Student disciplinary issues have decreased. The leadership he has provided has helped Morton West High School become a thriving example of what can happen when a school community unites to embrace the PLC process.

Dr. McMahon earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University in Chicago, and a doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University.


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Presentations by Josh McMahon

  • Parents and Community in School: Understanding the School Culture from a Parent’s Point of View
  • Your School, Your Team: Building a Leadership Team to Transform School Culture
  • PLC Process in a Large Urban-Suburban High School
  • Changing Your School One Freshman at a Time: Collaborative Teams for Ninth-Grade Success
  • Making Your Team the Best They Can Be: Fundamentals for Successful Leaders