Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dr. Hector Garcia Unanimously Approved to be the New D181 Superintendent

The following is a press release signed by BOE president Jennifer Burns that was emailed to D181 parents and key communicators last night after Dr. Hector Garcia was unanimously approved as the new D181 Superintendent effective July 1, 2018.  A slightly modified version is also available on the D181 website homepage under the news tab.

We, the bloggers, are excited at the possibility that Dr. Garcia will finally be the right superintendent for D181.  We wish him good luck and hope he is successful in all his D181 endeavors.

Press Release:

On behalf of the Board of Education, I am excited to share that Dr. Hector Garcia, an educator with over 25 years of public school teaching and administrative experience, will be the new Superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 181 in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills, effective July 1.

After an extensive search process that included over 30 applicants and involved an interview with key stakeholders, as well as multiple meetings with members of the Board of Education, Dr. Garcia was unanimously approved as Superintendent at our meeting on February 26. 

Dr. Garcia brings honed leadership skills, an in-depth knowledge of finance, facilities, and curriculum and instruction, as well as a collaborative, student-centered mindset to D181, characteristics that the D181 community – parents, staff and residents – identified as needed for success in a superintendent. The Board is looking forward to a long and productive relationship with Dr. Garcia and is eagerly anticipating his July start.

Dr. Garcia shares: "I'm looking forward to starting the journey of working together with outstanding staff members and a supportive community. This is an exciting time to bring all stakeholders together around a common vision for District 181 students. I await the opportunity to develop strong relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community."

Dr. Garcia is widely recognized for his extensive administrative experience and curriculum improvement efforts. He is the current Superintendent of Plano District 88, where he also serves as Chief Financial Officer and manages Facilities and Operations for the district. Formerly, he was the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Glenbard School District 87, where he led curricular improvements and professional development initiatives. Dr. Garcia has also served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Plainfield School District 202. 

Beyond his 12 years as a district administrator, he has served as a principal, assistant principal, dean of students, and teacher in schools ranging from Adlai Stevenson District 125 in Lincolnshire to Morton East District 201 in Cicero. He has also taught graduate courses on leadership, organizational behavior, and curriculum for three Chicago area universities.

Dr. Garcia's strong belief in developing schools that are responsive to the needs of students and establishing a strong culture of collaboration has resulted in marked improvement in the districts during his leadership as a school administrator. He has presented extensively at the state and national level on administrative and collaborative topics, as well as implemented professional learning communities (PLCs).

Dr. Garcia has also been elected or appointed to key state and national committees. At the state level, he was appointed to serve as one of 32 educators on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), charged with creating a new way to evaluate teachers and principals that incorporates student growth measures. At the national level, Dr. Garcia was elected as the Chair of National Academic Assembly Council for College Board.

Dr. Garcia received his Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University, Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Northern Illinois University, and a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently working to complete his CSBO (Chief School Business Official) certification.

Please join the Board in welcoming Dr. Garcia to the District at a reception at Prospect School at 5:30pm on March 12. More to come about this exciting event!

Jennifer Burns
Board of Education
Community Consolidated School District 181

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