Five people are assuming new administrative staff positions in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 after the school board voted to approve their appointments Monday.

They are Joyce Bartz, interim special services director; Jordan Ryan, coordinator of food and nutrition services; Lora Taira, interim chief information officer, and Stephanie Reynolds and Tricia Murray, special education supervisors.

Bartz is a long-time Evanstonian who came to District 65 in 1979 when she was hired as a school social worker for Nichols Middle School.  She has since worked at all but four schools as a social worker or supervisor.  She received her BSW and MSW from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Taira joined District 65 in 2000, originally serving as a research assistant and then as the manager of student data systems, accountability and planning from 2003 through 2005.  Since 2005 she has served as assistant director of information services.  Taira received a master’s of education degree from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. 

Jordan Ryan previously worked at the Arlington Heights School District.  She is a member of the School Nutrition Association and American Dietetic Association.  She recently accepted the Nutrition Chairperson position at School Nutrition Association (SNA) and is one of four people in the state certified to teach Healthy Edge, as a part of SNA’s certification program.  Ryan has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and completed her dietetic internship at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Ind. 

Tricia  Murray has been with the district since 1995 and is currently pursuing an administrative certificate in school leadership at Concordia University.  She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.

Stephanie  Reynolds joined the district in 2005. She holds a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership from National-Louis University, a master’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois.

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