Board Approves New Assistant Director of Student Services, Hears Update on Data Project

Following a final recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli, Kristin Caceres was approved by the Board of Education to become the Assistant Director of Student Services effective July 1, 2018.

Caceres comes to Glenview District 34 from the Leyden Area Special Education Cooperative (LASEC) where she has served as the Supervisor of Psychological Services since 2014. She also was a school psychologist at LASEC. Caceres will be a critical addition to the Student Services team by helping strengthen and unify supports for all students and staff.

She has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, Master of Education in School Psychology from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Lewis University. She also has her Illinois Professional Educator License with General Administrative Endorsement, School Psychologist, Secondary Education (Grades 6-12) and Director of Special Education (Pre-Completion of Program).

In addition to her hire, Mary Geraghty, Executive Director for Student Services, provided the Board with an update on the Special Education Data Project. Throughout the year, an ad hoc group of professionals including special education teachers, general education teachers, administrators, ELL teachers, school psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, and NSSED coaches came together to study the performance of students with Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

Geraghty outlined in her presentation both the current status, root causes that contribute to that current status and recommendations moving forward.

“As we look toward next year’s strategic planning process, it will be critical that observations and recommendations identified through this work be taken into consideration,” Geraghty said. “We must address these needs by providing the right resources, supports and expectations while also maintaining the belief that our special education students are general education students first.”