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Westerhold becomes president of IASA
Des Plaines superintendent to take reins of statewide association

SPRINGFIELD – The superintendent of Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62 will become president of the statewide association for school superintendents and administrators. Dr. Jane L. Westerhold begins her one-year term on Wednesday (July 1) as president of the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).

“I am deeply honored to serve in such a capacity. Throughout the years of my membership, the IASA has been a consistent source of support and fellowship, avenue for professional growth, and advocate for public education,” said Westerhold, who has been an educator for 38 years, the past 11 as superintendent in the Des Plaines district. “I am a better educator and leader as a result of my involvement in the IASA. I am particularly excited to continue articulating and supporting Vision 20/20's policy platform to fulfill the promise of public education.”

Dr. Brent Clark, executive director of IASA, said Westerhold’s vast experience and her leadership skills will serve her well in providing solid leadership for IASA, which is one of the nation’s largest statewide associations for school administrators with more than 1,700 members.



Business partners and students who participated in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy were recognized by the Board of Education. With Board President Stephanie Duckmann, are from left, Eric Enskat, Clear Pay FS; Karina Pittro, Kayla Linse, Sharon Lynch, Century 21 Elm Realtors; and Martin Gardner, Des Plaines Chamber President and Village Bank & Trust.

The District 62 Young Entrepreneurs Academy class of 2015 includes students who developed a bendable scoop, a nail art company, and a company that makes attachable pockets. Read more...


New Teacher Induction Mentor Program Coordinator


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The Des Plaines District 62 Board of Education recognizes outstanding middle school students each year. Nominated by teachers and administration, these students demonstrate outstanding scholarship, inspire others by overcoming difficulties and challenges, volunteer in their school and community, help their classmates and are involved in every aspect of the middle school experience. Read more...



(left to right): Retirees Honored: Celia (Sally) Garcia-Fernandez, Carol Gibbs, Donna Grady, Heather Hills, Dominic LaCerba, and Laverne Micolichek were honored for serving the children of Des Plaines.


All-Star Celebration Salutes D62 Staff – School District 62 celebrated the work of many who have served the district during its D62 All-Star Celebration.

Dr. Paul Hertel, Associate Superintendent, welcomed honorees and guests, and Dr. Jane Westerhold, Superintendent of Schools, expressed her appreciation to the honorees for serving the children of Des Plaines.

Five staff members were honored for completing 25 years of service. They are Tina Beer, Algonquin Middle School;Kristine Bertuccioli, Sharon Delaney, Cindy Minella, and Cindy Moss, Early Learning Center.

Six staff members have, or will retire, at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. They are Celia (Sally) Garcia-Fernandez and Carol Gibbs, Forest Administration Center; Donna Grady, North Elementary School; Heather Hills, South Elementary School; Dominic LaCerba, Orchard Place Elementary School; Laverne Micolichek, Leon Smaage Administration Center; and Elizabeth Straz, Central Elementary School.


(left to right): 25 Years of Service Celebrated: Tina Beer, Kristine Bertuccioli, Sharon Delaney, Cindy Minella and Cindy Moss were recognized for 25 years of service in School District 62.



From left, Beth Morley, Sharon Lynch, Stephanie Duckmann, Superintendent Dr. Jane L. Westerhold and Dr. Terry Lindsay participate in the Board of Education’s reorganization meeting in May.

District 62 Board of Education Reorganizes – The District 62 Board of Education elected the two most senior members to the top officer positions at a recent reorganization meeting. Longtime board member Stephanie Duckmann was elected board president and Sharon Lynch was voted vice president. They both have been serving on the board since 2004. Read more...


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