DR. MICHAEL A. AMADEI, Superintendent of Schools
Dear District 62 Community,
It is my privilege to lead as your Superintendent of Schools for Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District 62.
As a public school educator I have served students and families in the State of Illinois for the past 25 years with the last 15 of those years proudly served right here in Des Plaines. As I reflect on my years in the district, I am extremely proud of the leadership, compassion and dedication that makes District 62 a destination district.
For the last four years, I've served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. In that role, I was responsible for collaborating with all stakeholders to ensure best practice with regards to personnel services and records, pandemic and regular staffing issues, contract administration, and personnel review and appraisal. Prior to that I served for a decade as the principal of Iroquois Community School, the district’s year-round school. Throughout my time at Iroquois, I collaborated with and challenged the staff resulting in high academic expectations and outcomes while also focusing on strong SEL (social emotional learning) practices. Together through our efforts we became an Apple Distinguished School, one of 400 in the world.
At the beginning of my career I was a fifth grade teacher, and I loved my time at Garfield Elementary School in Elgin U-46. During my time teaching I was invited to participate in an administrator internship and was moved to an assistant principal position. One year later I became the principal of Prairieview Elementary School. During my time in these radically different learning environments I engaged families that were affluent, as well as supporting families from diverse backgrounds. These experiences had a profound impact on my understanding that deep inequities could exist within the same school district and even within the same school building. Needless to say my time spent as a teacher and then a principal influenced my role as an instructional leader, even to this day.
Fast-forwarding to today I have appreciated the opportunities for growth in this district. What fulfills me is maintaining a culture that is caring, professional, ethical, collaborative and accountable. The significance of my role in education is never lost on me. Every single day I recognize the ability I have to make an incredible difference for the students, families, staff and community that I serve. My wife, Jennifer, is a career teacher and as parents of Naomi and Cooper, we know first-hand the difference a committed, high-quality, professional school district can make for each and every one of our students.
I am proud to be a part of the Des Plaines and Rosemont learning communities, our staff’s dedication and the perseverance of our students. I look forward to all we will accomplish, and I can say with certainty that the future is very bright!
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