New Student Service Coordinators, EL & Bilingual Coach

The Glenview District 34 Board of Education approved the hiring of two Student Service Coordinators and the district’s first EL & Bilingual Instructional Coach during a brief meeting Monday.
 
Kimberly Williams was selected by incoming Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli to serve as the Student Services Coordinator for Henking & Hoffman schools.  Dr. Delli also selected Karen Schwartzwald as the Student Services Coordinator (SSC) for Springman Middle School. Both candidates will begin August 1.
 
The primary purpose of the SSC is to ensure the consistent, appropriate implementation of special education programs and services for the purpose of fostering student growth and ensuring compliance with district, state and federal regulations.
 
Of the 41 applicants for both positions, seven moved forward to be interviewed by a committee of parents, staff members and administrators. From there, three final candidates were presented to the superintendent to make his final selection. Dr. Delli offered the following perspective about both Williams and Schwartzwald:
 
“The Student Service Coordinators serve a critical role in supporting the needs of our students and staff within our special education programming here in District 34. Williams and Schwartzwald demonstrated not only the necessary skill set, but also the important experience in order to make a positive and meaningful impact in these school communities. We are incredibly fortunate to welcome these two educators who are experts in their field and true advocates for children.”
 
Williams has a Masters of Science in Education from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. She has her Director of Special Education Endorsement, is credentialed as a Student Education Learning Behavior Specialist and holds a General Administrative Type 75.
 
Schwartzwald has her Masters of Arts in School Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, Masters of Science Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University, and Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. She also has her Director of Special Education and Speech Language Pathologist endorsements, as well as holds a General Administrative Type 75.
 
In addition to the SSC’s, the Board also approved a change in status for Carly Spina, who has been a teacher at Hoffman School since 2006. The change in status means Spina will move out of teaching at Hoffman and into the role as EL & Bilingual Instructional Coach. She was the final candidate selected for the position by Kristy Patterson, Director of EL & Bilingual Programs.
 
The primary purpose of the EL/Bilingual Coach is to provide leadership and professional development and to support the use of data to increase student achievement for EL and bilingual students district-wide.  
 
“Spina has a long history of working with our EL & bilingual families in District 34, and having someone with such deep knowledge regarding the needs of our students and staff will greatly benefit our entire school system,” Patterson said. “She is a passionate, thoughtful and collaborative educator who will make an even greater impact in this new role.”
 
There were more than 40 applicants for the position, of which seven moved forward to an interviewing committee that consisted of parents, staff members and administrators. Three candidates were brought forward for final interviews by Patterson and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Beth Tsoumas.
 
Spina has her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from North Park University, and Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from North Park University. She also holds a Type 29 Bilingual Spanish Certificate, Type 03 Certification and ELL Endorsement.