School District 204 hires new assistant superintendent for teaching and learning

<p>Brad Hillmanreads the morning announcements as the Bryan Middle School Principal in 2008.  |  Curtis Lehmkuhl/Staff photographer</p>

Brad Hillmanreads the morning announcements as the Bryan Middle School Principal in 2008.  |  Curtis Lehmkuhl/Staff photographer

Indian Prairie School District 204 added three new staff members Monday, including an assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Middle Schools.

“I’m very excited to be back in this district,” Brad Hillman, who will oversee teaching at middle schools, said after the Board of Eduction’s unanimous approval Monday. “I enjoyed my time at Scullen (Middle School) and I enjoyed how student-centered this district is.”

Hillman earned his bachelor’s degree from Naperville’s North Central College, a master’s in education from the University of Illimois-Champaign-Urbana and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Northern Illinois University.

His experience includes teaching in Naperville District 203 and Plainfield District 202 and assistant principal at Scullen Middle School in District 204.

Hillman has also served as a middle school principal in Elmhurst District 205 and as the same district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, the position he currently holds.

“My first priority will be reacclimatizing myself with the district and evaluating its strengths and weaknesses,” Hillman said.

Those evaluations will include assessing just where the district is in terms of the new Common Core Standards and STEM science and technology curriculum.

“I want to see how confident the district is in these areas,” he said.

Hillman’s annual salary calls for $152,000 and is for one year beginning July 1.

Superintendent Kathy Birkett noted that in terms of overall cost, a restructuring of the curriculum responsibilities meant that the district “saved a little” with Hillman’s hiring.

She also spoke to the new Common Core Standards, saying that she “believed in more rigor … it’s always good for our kids.”

She expressed confidence in Hillman.

“He’ll be a good leader at the middle (school) level,” she said.

Also approved as assistant principal at Neuqua Valley was Montrine Johnson, who began her career at Neuqua as an English teacher.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a master’s degree from Lewis University.

After teaching at Neuqua, she became dean of students at Glenbard West High School, where she also served as English Department chairwoman.

She currently serves as Dean of Students at Naperville North High School. Johnson’s salary is set for $116,435.

Crone Middle School’s new assistant principal is Joseph Sweeney, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Dana College in Nebraska and a master’s degree from Aurora University.

Sweeney has spent his entire career at Oswego High School, where he began as a business teacher in 2005, and went on to serve as Director of Student Activities and Dean of Students, the position he currently fills.

His salary is $97,020.