Wennstrom leaving North Shore D112
Updated: January 15, 2013 2:33PM
HIGHLAND PARK — North Shore School District 112 will begin searching this month for a new assistant superintendent following word that Heidi Wennstrom has been named superintendent of Butler School District 53 in Oak Brook.
The District 53 Board of Education announced Thursday it planned to hire Wennstrom Monday to replace retiring superintendent Sandra Martin starting July 1. The two-school elementary district serves about 450 students.
Since mid 2010, Wennstrom has been Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning for North Shore District 112, which serves about 4,300 pupils residing in Highland Park, Highwood and Fort Sheridan. She previously was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in Glenview School District 34.
Butler school officials said Wennstrom did not apply for the post but was recommended and recruited by their search firm, BWP and Associates of Libertyville.
North Shore Superintendent David Behlow said Wennstrom has provided instrumental leadership in areas of curriculum development, differentiated instruction and strategic planning.
“She has a demonstrated record of accomplishment, and during her tenure here she has brought a high level of energy and creativity to her role,” Behlow said. “We wish her well, and are confident that she will provide strong leadership in her new role as superintendent of the Butler School District.”
Wennstrom previously served as a teacher in Antioch and Libertyville and as a principal at Hillcrest School in Antioch District 34.
She was awarded the national Jim Montgomery Instructional Leadership Award from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 2010. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Loyola University and is working toward another doctorate in educational leadership and policy from National Louis University, which is expected to be conferred in 2013.