The Evanston/Skokie District 65 school system has its own version of March Madness, with five finalists for district superintendent appearing in a series of forums each evening this week, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at King Lab.
Tonight’s featured contender for the job vacated last August by the resignation of Hardy Murphy is Ms. Julie Glazer, followed on successive nights by Dr. Paul Goren, Dr. Nathan McCann, Dr. Quintin Shepherd, and Marty Smith.
The public forum each evening is preceded by a “rehearsal” from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. with district faculty and administrators.
Glazer began her teaching career in Evanston in 1997 as a fifth grade teacher at Lincolnwood Elementary School “and cherished every moment of my tenure,” she wrote in response to a questionnaire.
When her husband’s employment shifted to New Jersey in 2002, she moved to that state, climbing the administrator’s ladder to her current position as assistant superintendent of schools in Summit, N.J., where she has been in charge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, for the past seven years.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in 1983, a Master of Arts degree with honors in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University in 2002, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership from St. Peters University in Jersey City, N.J.
The title of her doctoral thesis is “Expectation, Pressure and Support: The Power of Professional Learning to Create Systemic, Transformative Change in K-12 Education.”
Glazer considers Evanston an attractive community for her talents, “based on shared beliefs in areas the community values, such as diversity, the breadth and depth of opportunities for participation, and continuous improvement.”
She also considers herself an “early adopter” in the use of technology and media in education and is actively engaged “in promoting the use and value of integrated technology to transform instruction and learning.”
The nightly forums will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School, located at 2424 Lake St.
Because of the forums being held this week, the board has moved tonight's regularly scheduled Finance Committee meeting to next Monday, March 24, and the board meeting for March 24 to the following Monday, March 31.