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Dr. Claire Kowalczyk named next Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Claire Kowalczyk The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Claire Kowalczyk as the next District 15 Deputy Superintendent of Schools at its Feb. 13 meeting. 

Dr. Kowalczyk will replace Dr. Matthew Barbini, who is leaving the district June 30 to become the Superintendent of Schools in Libertyville District 70. 

Dr. Kowalczyk was selected among a large pool of qualified candidates, and emerged as the top choice for her strong background in curriculum and instruction paired with extensive experience as a building leader. She started her career in District 15, having spent 10 years as a classroom and special education teacher. She also served as the Assistant Principal at Kimball Hill Elementary School from 2007-08.

“Dr. Kowalczyk has a proven record of creating collaborative relationships with staff and parents to create the best kind of learning environment that both nurtures and challenges students to reach their fullest potential,” incoming Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laurie Heinz said.

Dr. Kowalczyk is currently the Principal of Franklin Elementary School in Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, a role she has held since 2016. Prior to leading Franklin School, she served as Principal of Lincoln Elementary School in North Shore School District 112 and Principal of Betsy Ross Elementary School in Prospect Heights School District 23. She earned her doctoral degree from Roosevelt University and holds master’s degrees from both Northern Illinois University and National-Louis University. She holds an English Language Learners endorsement, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification and is a graduate of St. Norbert College. 

“I am thrilled to return to the district that gave me the start to my career as an educator. The District 15 students, families, staff and community hold a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to return in the role of Deputy Superintendent,” Dr. Kowalczyk said.

Dr. Kowalczyk will begin work in District 15 on July 1, 2019. Opportunities for the public to meet her prior to July 1 will be announced this spring.