School District 65 Assistant Superintendents Sue Schultz and Ellen Fogelberg will retire at the end of this school year. For the last several years they acted as a team, with Ms. Schultz overseeing the middle and magnet schools and Ms. Fogelberg the elementary schools and the early childhood program.
For almost nine years, they worked closely together as two of the top four administrators in District 65.
Ms. Fogelberg joined District 65 as a reading teacher in 1987. She then served as a curriculum coordinator, literacy director, and finally as assistant superintendent for the past two years. She has earned many awards in her career, including the 2014 Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award.
Ms. Schultz became assistant superintendent in 2005. Before that she served for three years as principal of King Arts magnet school.
Superintendent Paul Goren said they have “helped to drive the District’s principal leadership while guiding the instructional and curriculum course of the District. They have been at the forefront of innovation through the adoption of new methods of instruction and assessments, and have overseen the implementation of differentiated instruction, the inclusion program, programs to address the needs of English language learners. They have brought new programming to the District, most notably the Child Center Program, arts integration education, and expertise in the common core state standards.”
Dr. Goren added they worked to implement the District’s goals and increased collaboration with District 202, including the Joint Literacy Goal.
“It is very clear to me and all of us that Ms. Schultz and Ms. Fogelberg have made a significant impact during their tenure at District 65. I wish you the best in retirement. Thank you for your enthusiasm, your passion, and your dedication in serving our students and families at District 65.”
Board president Tracy Quattrocki said, “It’s been such a pleasure to see you work together. You’ve been a very impressive team. … I thank you for your service, your responsiveness to the Board, your dedication to all the children of this District, for your attention to detail in really, really drilling down.”
Jim McHolland, principal of Chute Middle School, thanked Ms. Shultz on behalf of the middle school and magnet school principals who stood at his side while he spoke. He thanked Ms. Shultz for what she brought in terms of her expertise, and said she has “been there for us at every turn.” He said, “There have been so many things she has helped us through as building leaders and principals. Most impressive to me is she always tried to keep what’s best for students in mind. She has always had compassion for students. She always looked at what she thinks is best for kids in the long term for them to succeed.”
Flanked by six elementary school principals, Andelib Khelghati, principal of Dewey Elementary School, thanked Ms. Fogelberg saying, “We deeply appreciate your energy, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. You brought so much new energy and support, it’s really been tremendous. In the last year, a very trying time, you steadied it for us. … I know the District truly is better for the sense of honesty, integrity and passion for literacy you brought to the District.”
School Board members expressed their appreciation as well. Katie Bailey said Ms. Schultz and Ms. Fogelberg were always responsive, professional and acted with a belief in how great District 65 is. She said they both educated members of the School Board and made them better Board members.
“They both have their depth of expertise,” said Candance Chow, “Yet they’ve been able to bring really creative and innovative ideas to the District. … You’ve been able to keep us fresh and new.”
Suni Kartha said, “I’ve always been impressed by both your passion for education and for kids.”
Claudia Garrison told Ms. Schultz, “The middle schools and magnet schools are great due in great part to your efforts.” She told Ms. Fogelberg that she had developed some of the most valuable professional development courses she attended.
Richard Rykhus said, “I think it’s really important to acknowledge people who have committed their lives to education. … Thank you for that.”