Dr. Jean Sophie has been in the education field for almost 40 years serving as a high school business teacher, alternative high school instructor, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent for personnel in the state’s third largest elementary district and then as a Superintendent of Schools for the past twelve years.  Dr. Sophie has a wealth of experience in both elementary and high school districts in Illinois.

In her career, Dr. Sophie has served on a state wellness committee, was President of both West Cook and Lake County Superintendents’ Associations, and was voted as the Lake County Superintendent of the Year in 2019 by her peers.

Professional Education, Training and Instruction

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Master’s degree in School Leadership, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership, Northern Illinois University, Illinois (Dissertation: “A Correlation of Self-Assessed Leadership Skills and Interpersonal Communication Competencies of Public School Principals in Five Illinois Counties”)
  • Chief School Business Official Endorsement, Northern Illinois University, Illinois
  • Cohort 1 Illinois School of Advanced Leadership

Professional Development and Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter: Re-Designing our Middle School Spaces, National Suburban Superintendent Conference, Charleston, SC
  • Presenter: Moving for Success:  Concrete Strategies for School Leaders to Implement Enhanced Physical Education Policy and Practice, National Webinar—Enhanced PE
  • Publication–“Applying Reality to Theory as a Co-Teacher“–The School Administrator
  • Presenter—Strategic Planning—Illinois Association of School Business Officials, St. Charles, IL

Memberships and Affiliations

  • President, Lake County Illinois Association of School Administrators
  • President, West Cook Illinois Association of School Administrators
  • President, Northern Illinois University Students in Educational Administration (NIUSEA)
  • President and Founding Member of Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • Former Adjunct Instructor for Master’s and Doctoral Classes for Northern Illinois University
  • Malcolm Baldridge Examiner and Speaker
  • Lifetime Achievement in Parent Teacher Association

Job Experience:

  • Superintendent of Schools, Lake Bluff 65, Lake Bluff, IL. 2012-2020
  • Superintendent of Schools, Westchester 92 ½, Westchester, IL. 2008-2012
  • Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Human Services, Community Consolidated School District 15, Palatine, IL. 2003-2008
  • Principal, Jane Addams Elementary School, Palatine, IL. 2001-2003

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