Northern Illinois University alumna Tammy Prentiss assumes the role of assistant superintendent of special education for Hinsdale District 86 schools on July 1, following her recent appointment by the district board. She replaces Dr. Joyce Powell, who submitted her resignation last month.
Prentiss holds four degrees from NIU: a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in education; a Master of Science degree in educational administration; a Master of Science degree in special education; and an Education Specialist degree in educational administration.
“Tammy’s deep commitment to special education as demonstrated by her achievements over the progression of her career is what made her stand out among all the other candidates,” remarked Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law. “Her success in leading at the building and district level general ed and special ed instruction and enhancing educational programming has shown improved student outcomes and increased parental satisfaction.”
With over 23 years of special education expertise as a teacher and administrator, she will continue to lead the district’s newly independent special education program implemented at the start of the school year.
Prentiss currently serves as the assistant director of the Cooperative Association of Special Education (CASE), an educational cooperative providing services to over 4,000 special education students in seven DuPage County school districts. Prior to CASE, she spent five years as a special education teacher in Community Consolidated School District 93, successively rising to assistant principal and principal of Stratford Middle School in Carol Stream and later director of special education for the district.
“Every student’s educational journey is unique,” said Prentiss. “I am excited to be joining District 86 during its inaugural year with this program and I look forward to working in collaboration with our families, faculty and staff to deploy all the resources we now have in place to fully develop the potential in all of our students.”