District 58 picks new assistant superintendent
A 15-year veteran of Downers Grove Elementary District 58, Justin Sisul has been named the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and will begin his new duties July 1.
Sisul currently serves as principal of Pierce Downer School, and district officials say he has developed, implemented and maintained a vision for high student achievement.
"We interviewed several impressive candidates for this position, yet Mr. Sisul clearly stood out as the most qualified," Superintendent Kari Cremascoli said in a written statement. "Throughout the process, interview teams shared that they were especially impressed by Mr. Sisul's tenacious support for student learning and the professional growth of teachers, his knowledge of curriculum development, his collaborative leadership style, his clear and articulate communication style, and his determination to always do what is best for students.
"Mr. Sisul brings to his new role a wealth of knowledge, experience, passion and commitment to educational excellence, and I am confident he will continue to serve District 58 with distinction as assistant superintendent."
Sisul previously served as an assistant principal and administrative intern at Lester School and as a music teacher and choir director at Herrick Middle School. He also has served on numerous District 58 committees.
As a teacher, he received the Downers Grove Elementary Education Association's 2006 District 58 Teacher of the Year Award and the IEA Stalwart Award.
He earned his master of arts in educational leadership from Concordia University and his bachelor of music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is pursuing his doctor of education from Aurora University and anticipates receiving his degree in May 2019.
"District 58 is my home and the home of an outstanding community of teachers, administrators and parents who pursue excellence through collaboration and dedication," Sisul said. "As we take our district's next steps together, we will collectively provide each child with the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, supportive environment," he said.
Sisul will replace Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Matt Rich, who has accepted a superintendent position in Winfield Elementary District 34. Rich has served District 58 for five years.