Winnetka Public Schools District 36 announced that Northern Illinois University alumna and doctoral student Elizabeth P. Martin has accepted and been approved for the district’s director of student services post. Martin will begin her new position on May 27, 2014.
Martin will join the district after seven years as the director of student services at Prairie Grove Consolidated School District 46 in Crystal Lake. Previously she served as a speech pathologist in District 46 from 2002-2007 and in the Special Education District of McHenry County from 1999-2002.
“I am pleased to welcome Elizabeth Martin to the Winnetka Public Schools,” said Trisha Kocanda, assistant superintendent of personnel and educational programming. “In the course of our comprehensive search for our next director of student services, Ms. Martin emerged as an extremely strong and well-qualified candidate. Ms. Martin has the experience and character to successfully lead the district’s student services department. Her positive attitude, focused on students and their success, will be a tremendous asset to our learners, our administrative team, and our district.”
In order to help the development of all young people, Martin believes strongly that all children can and will succeed when given the proper support, and she is committed to open, clear, and collaborative communication with parents and families to optimize her student-focused approach.
“I am extremely excited about joining the educational team at District 36, and I am eager to begin working collaboratively to bring the best programming to all Winnetka students,” Martin said. “I am looking forward to applying my leadership skills to encourage growth and achievement among all members of the district, staff and students alike.”
At District 46, Martin regularly worked with the Special Education District of McHenry (SEDOM), a cooperative similar to the Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) that serves Winnetka. Recently, Martin established a Blended Early-Childhood Education program at Prairie Grove, the first in McHenry County where general-education and special-education students attend classes together.
Martin holds two masters degrees, in speech pathology and educational administration, from NIU and an educational specialist degree in educational administration, also from NIU. She expects to receive her doctorate in educational administration from Northern in May 2015.