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Board of Education Hires Two Educational Leaders in T&L Department




Highland Park, Highwood and Fort Sheridan, IL – The North Shore School District 112 (NSSD 112) Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Leah Kimmelman as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Jason Williams as the Coordinator for Teaching and Learning.


As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Kimmelman will be responsible for facilitating and communicating the development and implementation of the district’s curriculum and instructional objectives. As Coordinator for Teaching and Learning, Mr. Williams will support department initiatives including the recruitment of instructional staff, new teacher training, and the evaluation of student growth. Both will work closely with  Dr. Kevin Ryan, the newly appointed Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning and oversees the department.


Dr. Kimmelman has been in educational administrative roles for more than a decade, most recently serving the past seven years as the Principal of Chippewa Middle School in Des Plaines School District 62. Prior to that she spent five years as Principal of Cumberland Elementary School in District 62. During her career, she has also served as an Assistant Principal at Hawthorn Elementary North in Hawthorn School District 73, a 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher for Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, and a 7th Grade Teacher for Wheeling School District 21.


Dr. Kimmelman is a collaborative leader who believes strongly in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships built upon open communication. While at Chippewa Middle School, she collaboratively implemented a Learning Walk process to enhance school improvement planning and provided job-embedded professional development for teachers. The staff consistently reported that the process was a meaningful and helpful for their learning.

Dr. Kimmelman earned her bachelor’s degree in Education/Language from the University of Kansas. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from North Park University, as well as a master’s in educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. She earned her doctorate degree from Argosy University.


During his career, Mr. Williams has leveraged science, technology, and hands-on learning to enhance instructional outcomes in the classroom. Since 2014, he served as Technology Coach at Country Meadows Elementary School in Kildeer Countryside District 96. Prior to that, Mr. Williams was a 7th Grade Science teacher for two years at North Boone Middle School in Community Unit School District 200.

Mr. Williams believes strongly in a growth mindset for all students and supporting students in closing the achievement gap, guiding students toward mastery and providing extended opportunities for students who have already reached mastery levels. He has extensive experience utilizing data to help drive impactful instructional decisions.

Mr. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois
University. He has a master’s degree in curriculum technology and education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as a master’s in educational literacy-emphasis ELL and bilingual education from Northern Illinois University.


“Dr. Kimmelman and Mr. Williams are tremendous additions to District 112 and the Teaching and Learning department,” said Dr. Jane L. Westerhold, Co-Interim Superintendent. “They both possess a unique set of expertise and experience that will help our District implement a district-wide culture of continuous improvement that invigorates and supports our students, teachers, and community at large.”


About North Shore School District 112

The mission of North Shore School District 112, a community partnership committed to a world-class education, is to nurture every child to become an inspired learner, a well-rounded individual and contributing member of a global community by striving for excellence within an environment that fosters innovation, respect, engagement and intellectual inquiry.