On Monday, February 11, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Charles Johns as the new superintendent, effective July 1, 2019.
The hiring of Dr. Johns is a result of a national search conducted with the assistance of an outside consulting firm during the late fall and early winter. A pre-screening process of several dozen qualified candidates, resulted in seven potential candidates who were interviewed by the Board of Education in early December. Three finalists then participated in an interview with a representative Key Stakeholder group and underwent an extensive second interview with the Board of Education.
“After meeting with many outstanding candidates, Dr. Johns emerged as our finalist because of his systematic approach to providing an equitable education to students,” said Board President Skip Shein. “He has demonstrated throughout a lengthy and diverse career in education that he has the ability to lead the Glenbrooks on the strong path that has been established and to help us on our efforts for continuous improvement.”
Dr. Johns currently serves as the superintendent of West Chicago Elementary District 33 and has previous experience as an assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, He began his career as an English teacher in Township High School District 214 where he went on to spend almost 20 years in administrative roles including assistant dean of students, dean of students, associate principal and principal.
Dr. Johns earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Iowa, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University.
“I really can't wait to start the process of getting to know the wonderful people in the Glenbrook school community,” said Dr. Johns. “As a leader, I deeply treasure the value of relationships, appreciating excellence and collaborating together on innovations and opportunities. Knowing that these are found in abundance in the Glenbrooks has me tremendously eager to get started.”
Dr. Johns fills a vacancy left by the retirement of Dr. Mike Riggle who will complete his 20-year Glenbrook career at the end of this school year.