• Twenty-one superintendents across Illinois named 2019 Superintendents of Distinction were honored May 9 during a luncheon in Springfield. It was the fifth annual awards luncheon sponsored by Horace Mann Companies, Illinois Association of School Administrators, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Principals Association.

    Superintendents of Distinction are selected by their peers in each of the 21 different IASA regions based on leadership, communication, professionalism and community involvement.
    “These extraordinary individuals truly provide exceptional leadership that elevates the success of students in their districts and are difference makers in their communities," said IASA Executive Director Dr. Brent Clark. 

    A list of the 2019 winners is below:

    Abe Lincoln – Jennifer Gill, Springfield SD #186

    Blackhawk – Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Rock Island-Milan SD #41

    CIV – Dr. Roger Alvey, Illini Bluffs CUSD #327

    Cook North – Dr. Cindy Whittaker, Fairview SD #72

    Cook South – Dr. Dale Mitchell, Homewood SD #153

    Cook West – Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, Ridgewood CHSD #234

    Corn Belt – Dr. Barry Reilly, Bloomington SD #87

    Du Page – Dr. John Correll, Salt Creek SD #48

    Egyptian – Dr. Gary Kelly, DuQuoin CUSD #300

    Illini – Kenneth Schwengel, Arthur CUSD #305

    Kaskaskia – Chuck Lane, Centralia HSD #200

    Kishwaukee – Dr. Debbie Ehlenburg, Alden-Hebron SD #19

    Lake – Jean Sophie, Lake Bluff ESD #65

    Northwest – Margo Empen, Dixon USD #170

    Shawnee – Belinda Hill, Giant City CCSD #130

    Southwestern – Matthew Klosterman, Belleville SD #118

    Starved Rock – Timothy Smith, Princeton ESD #115

    Three Rivers – Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Joliet Twp HSD #204

    Two Rivers – Roy Webb, Quincy SD #172

    Wabash Valley – Cary Jackson, Dieterich CUSD #30

    Western – Kim Schilson, Illini West HS Dist #307