At their regular business meeting on June 21, the Kildeer-Countryside Elementary District 96 school board enthusiastically approved the appointment of Assistant Director of Student Services Kimberly Melton Lechner.
In her prior role as student support team coordinator at Adlai Stevenson High School, Lechner's responsibilities included schoolwide data analysis, intervention planning, implementation, and progress monitoring. She collaborated with students, parents, faculty, and administration to ensure that all students benefit from a rigorous curriculum and best instructional practices.
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Her focus also included professional development for faculty around the Response to Intervention model and participation in developing the District 125 social and emotional learning initiative.
Lechner is highly qualified for her new role in District 96. She earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a master's degree in school psychology from Governors State University. She also completed a Type 75 certificate program in educational administration at Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at NIU.
In addition, during her years as a school psychologist in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, before coming to Stevenson High School in 2009, she was recognized with a faculty service award for her work in initiating a schoolwide retreat and drug/alcohol prevention program.
Director of Student Services Kimberly Dahlem is thrilled to welcome Kim Lechner and the experience she brings for supporting the academic and social/emotional growth of District 96 students.
"Her collaborative approach, coupled with the vision to sustain our mission for creating a balanced environment for all students, is a great gain for District 96," Dahlem said.
Superintendent Julie Schmidt agrees, noting, "Our students, parents, and staff all will benefit from Mrs. Lechner's nurturing expertise. She is highly regarded by her professional peers and will effectively complement the strengths and talents of the District 96 administrative team she'll be joining."
Mrs. Lechner will assume her new responsibilities on Aug. 1.