On behalf of Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System and Innovations Academy, I am delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Ariel Correa to our leadership team in the capacity Principal of Innovations Academy. Prior to joining us in August of this year, Dr. Correa was employed by School District U-46. After joining School District U-46 in 2011, Dr. Correa served as the Principal of Hilltop Elementary School, as Principal of Streamwood High School, and as a High School Regional Office of Education APEX Teacher at DREAM Academy.

Prior to joining School District U-46, Dr. Correa was employed by Chicago Public Schools. He served as Principal of Cesar E. Chavez Multicultural Academic Center (MAC) from 2006 to 2009 and as the Assistant Principal from 2004 to 2006. Under Dr. Correa’s leadership, Cesar E. Chavez MAC moved from a school of challenges to a school of merit; standardized achievement scores increased from 23% of students meeting or exceeding the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills in 2003 to 73% of students meeting or exceeding the Illinois Standardized Achievement Test in 2009.

Dr. Correa also served as a Spanish Teacher at both Lincoln Park High School in Chicago Public Schools and Prairie Ridge High School in Community District #155 in Crystal Lake. He also served as the head Men’s Track and Field/Cross-Country coach and a faculty advisor to Latino students/clubs while employed as a Spanish Teacher. Additionally, Dr. Correa has been an entrepreneur and CEO of a small business. Dr. Correa received his Doctorate in Education in Urban School Leadership from University of Illinois/Chicago in May of 2015. He holds a Master’s in Education from University of Illinois/Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Literature, from Northern Illinois University.

As his education and broad experience base attest, Dr. Correa has the experience, skills, dedication and boundless energy to successfully lead Innovations Academy and to contribute to the vision and mission of Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System to be the premier provider of behavioral healthcare and trauma informed education to build the pathway to recovery, inspire hope, and build resilience for our students, their families, and the communities we serve. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Correa to Innovations Academy and Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System!


Sue Ellen Foley, Psy.D., MBA

Dr. Sue Ellen Foley
Director of Education and Outpatient Services