HIGHLAND PARK – Jennifer Ferrari left North Shore School District 112 earlier this spring after 21 years for a job at Distinctive Schools, which manages high-performing charter schools in urban communities. She’ll soon be reunited with an old friend and D-112 colleague, Jaime Barraza.
The D-112 Board of Education (BOE) approved two key positions at its May 16 meeting. Dr. Kevin Ryan will take over Ferrari’s former role as assistant superintendent for teaching & learning, and Lindsey Rose will be the new director of languages, replacing Barraza.
“Jaime will be director of biliteracy for Distinctive Schools, overseeing the development and rollout of their Dual Language program,” said Steven Clay, D-112’s digital media specialist, in an email.
Barraza, the learning coordinator who oversees the district’s dual language program, began teaching in D-112 about nine years ago as a dual language social studies and Spanish teacher.
School Board President Eric Ephraim introduced Ryan and Rose at the May 16 BOE meeting. Ryan thanked everyone for the opportunity and said he looks forward to collaborating with all of the administrators, teachers, principals and staff.
Rose said she looks forward to her homecoming, emphasizing the word “home” because she attended D-112 schools.
“I am humbled by the opportunity and look forward to serving all of the students and families in 112,” she said.
Below are highlights from Ryan and Rose’s NSSD 112 press releases:
Ryan will be responsible for overseeing curriculum, instruction and assessment to improve student growth and success. He will work closely with the central office administrative team as a member of the cabinet, as well as serve as a resource for the principals as they work to improve student achievement.
Ryan has been an instructional leader for many years, most recently serving as the Director of 21st Century Learning, Curriculum and Instruction with Kildeer Countryside District 96. Ryan spent five years in the curriculum role after being promoted from the Technology Coordinator position in District 96. He also served as an assistant principal in District 96. During his career he also has served as an Assistant Principal and as the Dean of Students in Cary District 26. He began his career at Cary Junior High School as a U.S. History teacher.
“The Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning is a critical position, as we strive to provide our students with the best possible learning opportunities in order to meet the needs of our 21st Century students,” said Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, co-interim superintendent. “Dr. Ryan’s extensive experiences and his collaborative leadership style will be an asset to the North Shore School District 112 learning community.”
Rose will be responsible for overseeing all language programs within the school system. She will coordinate the Spanish dual language program that was established more than 20 years ago in the district and is the educational delivery model for approximately 25 percent of NSSD 112 students.
Rose has extensive experience in this program area, including her current role as the bilingual facilitator in Evanston/Skokie District 65. She oversaw a Spanish two-way dual language program during her five years of service in that role. She also spent a year as the bilingual literacy facilitator in Palatine District 15. During her career, she has also served as a bilingual curriculum and instructional interventionist, Spanish language arts teacher, and bilingual lead teacher.
“We are excited to have Ms. Rose join our team,” said Co-Interim Superintendent Edward Rafferty. “Her energy, experience and commitment will enable District 112 to continue its longstanding tradition of providing high quality dual language and second language programs to our students.”
Both Ryan and Rose will begin on July 1.
During the Reconfiguration 2.0 Community Team presentation at the May 16 BOE meeting, Tri-chairwoman Melissa Itkin said Gilbane Building Company has been evaluating the different reconfiguration options.
Itkin explained that D-112 has a buildup of maintenance work compared to other schools, as each district’s referendum has different requirements.
“When someone from another district says they’re doing this amount (of maintenance) and getting all of this, we ask does that building have a duct system, HVAC, (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) or is it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant? And it turns out those changes were already made,” she said.
Itkin said the next round of community engagements will include a mailer containing 2.0’s timeline and the reconfiguration evaluation process, as well as information about upcoming forums.
Itkin added that the forums will have stations set up to talk to different 2.0 Team members about finance, facilities, and education while receiving input from the community.
The community is encouraged to attend these forums to learn about the different reconfiguration options. The community forums will be held June 7 and June 8 at 7 p.m. at Highland Park High School.