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Colin Baer Named Director of Social Emotional Learning

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Des Plaines--Colin Baer was named Director of Social Emotional Learning at the July 17 Board of Education meeting. 

The Director for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is responsible for helping to create a positive learning community by integrating social emotional learning with instructional learning.

This role will strive to help create a more comprehensive, well-rounded and balanced learning experience for all students. 

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"We are excited to have Mr. Baer join the D62 team,” said Interim Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. Lea Anne Frost. “He has intricate knowledge and an array of experiences that will further support the social-emotional learning of our students. He will be an asset to the organization as well as parents, families and community."

Baer has most recently served as a Student Services Coordinator in Park Ridge-Niles District 64. Prior to this, Baer served as a Special Education teacher, Special Education Department Chair, and Assistant Director of Student Services in the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego County, California.  

“I am humbled, honored, and excited for the opportunity to serve students, staff, and families here in District 62,” said Baer. “Supporting students from a whole child perspective is the reason I entered public education, and I could not be more thrilled to learn from and work with the District 62 community.”

Baer received his Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Elmhurst College and Master in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

Baer lives in the northwest suburbs with his two children Ellie (3) and Henry (1). 

“I believe the role of education is to prepare students for their best futures,” said Baer. “I am excited to continue building world class social emotional supports for our students here in District 62.”

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