#62WorkingTogether

Photo of Dr. Paul Hertel

DR. PAUL E. HERTEL, Superintendent of Schools

It's been a pleasure serving as the Superintendent of Schools for District 62. I have been supporting the students and staff of District 62 since 2006 in the Human Resources Department. Prior to joining District 62, I spent 19 years in School District U-46 in Elgin. There, I taught third and sixth grade, one year at the middle school and served as an assistant principal in the middle school. Additionally, I was an elementary principal for seven years.

During my time in Des Plaines, you may have seen me walking the halls of our schools or attending special events. I’m involved in the Des Plaines Kiwanis Club and served as president in 2016. I believe strongly in maintaining a connection between the community and its schools.

District 62 recently began the process of creating a strategic plan, with the support of staff, students, parents and community. This defining initiative will shape our district for the next three to five years and beyond. A strategic plan builds a shared vision for all district stakeholders, and establish a means of tracking progress to ensure a high-quality education for all District 62 students. Please visit District 62 Strategic Plan website 62WorkingTogether to learn more.

I am proud of our staff’s dedication and the perseverance of our students. It’s been a pleasure serving the District 62 community. Our future is very bright.


    Paul E. Hertel, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools
    Community Consolidated School District 62


Distinguished Service Awards of Excellence from INSPRA.

Photo of Dr. Paul Hertel with Award

Dr. Paul E. Hertel was recognized for his efforts to strengthen relationships with the community, the media and staff following his appointment from Interim Superintendent to Superintendent of Schools in June of 2018. Dr. Hertel led the district through a critical process of creating a five-year strategic plan, remaining available and transparent from beginning to end.

As his focus of engagement expanded to staff as a whole, Dr. Hertel introduced staff vodcasts that are sent out electronically once a month featuring news and updates from his office. In addition, he gathered community leaders last summer to begin an Intergovernmental Committee that would work together and focus on collaborative partnerships.

Superintendent Hertel gave the Board of Education a report regarding district goals to date. Dr. Hertel summarized highlights of accomplishments from the 2018-2019 school year that included:

  • Year 1 implementation of Strategic Plan
  • Kick-off of 62 Ignite Innovation iPad implementation
  • First year of behavioral interventionist position
  • Restorative practices professional development
  • Received contracts through E-Rate program to increase Internet and Wide Area Network speed
  • Use of Thoughtexchange qualitative assessment tool for staff, families, community
  • Introduction of NewsBits e-newsletter


A copy of Dr. Hertel’s presentation can be accessed here...

Visit Strategic Plan Website

Dr. Hertel's Year End Message to Commmunity

Mensaje de fin de año del Dr. Hertel a la comunidad

CREDITS: AUDIO & VISUAL - DAN CHIANELLI AND PABLO SANDS