District 203 names new curriculum administrator

Naperville School District 203 appointed a new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction on Monday night.

Jayne Willard, whose title was director of curriculum and instruction in the district, was named to the cabinet post.

“I look forward to Jayne’s continued contributions to the Learning Services Department and to the new contributions she will bring to cabinet,” said Superintendent Dan Bridges.

”Many of the commitments found in the Focus 2020 strategic blueprint are tied to improving student learning, and Jayne has a key role in ensuring we achieve those commitments,” he added.

A product of District 203 and with three children in the district, Willard is familiar with Naperville schools.

“Jayne is a dedicated educator with a proven commitment to student learning. As a former teacher, teacher leader and director of curriculum for the district, she has participated in and led multiple initiatives that directly impact student achievement,” said Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Hester-Schalk. “Jayne’s work as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction will include leading the district’s K-12 curriculum development processes, professional learning and instructional initiatives for teachers, and resource selection.”

Willard holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Elmhurst College, a master of education in interdisciplinary studies in curriculum and instruction, master of education in mathematics education from National Louis University, and a master of educational leadership Type 75 from Northern Illinois University.

Willard began working in District 203 as a third-grade teacher in 2003. Prior to joining the district, she taught in Elmwood Park Community School District 401.

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