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District 203 hires communications chief, ELL coordinator

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NAPERVILLE — Naperville School District 203 Board of Education this week approved the hiring of a new communications head as well as director of language acquisition services.

Michelle Fregoso, of Naperville, was appointed director of communications. She replaces Susan Rice who stepped down from the position earlier this year.

Fregoso presently serves as director of university communications and external relations and is an adjunct instructor at Lewis University in Romeoville. She has a wealth of experience in communications and public affairs at the university level as well as at Chicago area communications, public policy and public relations firms.

“I look forward to her many contributions in promoting the District 203 mission through effective and meaningful communication with the community,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges. Effective communications and community relations are one of the four strategic focus areas for the Focus 2020 Strategic Blueprint.

Fregoso has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s in organizational leadership from Lewis University, and she completed coursework toward a master’s degree in international studies from DePaul University.

“Joining District 203 is an honor,” Fregoso said. “I am encouraged by the mission-focused direction of the district and look forward to serving our students, families and staff in this important capacity, to make a difference in my community.”

Prior to joining Lewis University, Fregoso served as director of community and media relations at Concordia University and as an account executive at Cohn & Wolfe Public Relations, Res Publica Group, and KemperLesnik Communications. She is active in the Naperville Junior Woman’s Club and the Naperville Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals.

In the other appointment, Marion Friebus-Flaman, of Hoffman Estates, was appointed director of language acquisition services, overseeing the dual language and English Language Learners (ELL) program.

She has more than 20 years of experience in multicultural/multilingual education experience, most recently as principal of Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg School District 54. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University, teaching graduate courses in multicultural education and assessment of language minority students.

At Thomas Dooley School, she helped develop the Japanese-English two-way immersion program, the only one of its kind in public education in the United States.

In District 54, she served as assistant principal, dual language coordinator, bilingual program assessment facilitator and bilingual resource teacher. She also served as foreign lecturer at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Hokkaido, Japan, and adjunct English instructor at Nagaoka University of Technology in Niigata-ken, Japan.

She has been a leader in her field, serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Growth Models and on the Illinois English Language Learner Assessment Advisory Committee.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Illinois University, a master’s in teaching English as a second language from the University of Illinois, a master’s in educational administration from Northern Illinois and a doctorate from Capella University.

“We look forward to Dr. Flaman’s extensive experience in dual language and for leading and advocating on behalf of our English language learners,” said Bridges. She replaces Eulalia Valdez.

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