Education Commission

An effective education system facilitates the development of a diverse and competent workforce that contributes greatly to a local area. This is no different for the city of Aurora. We are proud of the accomplishments, made independently, by our education stakeholders. Yet, we know that we can experience a greater and longstanding impact if and when our stakeholders work collaboratively and in alignment with an agreed upon strategic approach. The Education Commission serves as a forum where education provider members dialogue on the development of innovative partnerships that will yield compelling education and workforce outcomes for our city.

Purpose

The purpose of the Education Commission is to engage in constructive dialogue with all members on information and initiatives that benefit our Aurora area residents. Further, the Education Commission will assume responsibility in identifying opportunities for the City and our academic partners to work collaboratively in joint policy development and in strategy development and alignment that results in cost savings, effective and efficient operations and innovative approaches to our area’s educational service delivery system.

Leadership

Dr. Jeff Craig, Superintendent, School District 129, Commission Chair
Dr. Christine Sobek, President, Waubonsee Community College, Commission Vice-Chair
Lynor Johnson, Head of School, Fox Valley Montessori, Commission Treasurer
Maria Lopez, Director of Development, St. Augustine College, Commission Secretary

Membership

Dr. Karen Sullivan, Superintendent, School District 204
Dr. John Sparlin, Superintendent, School District 308
Dr. Lisa Hichens, Superintendent, School District 101
Dr. Jennifer Norrell, Superintendent, School District 131
Dr. Todd Leden, Superintendent, School District Kaneland
Dr. Collette House, Superintendent, Aurora Christian
Dr. Jose Torres, President, Illinois Math & Science Academy
Phil Lundquist, Principal, Covenant Christian School
Karen Behrns, Principal, Our Lady of Good Counsel
Dr. Rebecca Sherrick, President, Aurora University
Dr. Mablene Krueger, President, Robert Morris University
Mariana Osorio, Vice-President of Centers, Family Focus  
Patricia Rooney, Director, Smart-Prepared-And-Ready-for-Kindergarten (SPARK)
Sandra Harrison, Co-Founder, Leaders in Transformational Education (L.I.T.E.)
Christine Anderson, English-learners curriculum coordinator, School District 129
Carl Wegman, President, R.C. Wegman Construction
Dhevi Kandasamy, CEO, Orthosie LLC