Four District 214 Educators Appointed To Administrative Roles

The High School District 214 Board of Education on Thursday appointed four veteran educators to administrative roles for the 2016-2017 school year.

Bruce French, math teacher at Buffalo Grove High School, will serve as Wheeling High School’s division head of math and science. Along with working at District 214 for 10 years, he has taught mathematics at East Leyden High School, Oak Lawn High School and St. Beatrice School. French is a two-time Golden Apple Award nominee and a three-time recipient of the District 214 Outstanding Contribution to Education Award. French earned his bachelor’s degree in an education program for mathematics teachers from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and holds master’s degrees in mathematics education from DePaul University and school leadership from Concordia University.

Patty Merris Grow, English and speech teacher at John Hersey High School, was appointed as the school’s division head of English and fine arts. Since 2008, Grow has held various roles at Hersey, including yearbook adviser, reading initiative facilitator for the District’s Collaborative Instructional Curricular Initiative and Professional Learning Communities coordinator. Additionally, she is the 2015 recipient of Hersey’s Outstanding Contribution to Education award. Grow holds bachelor’s degrees in secondary education and English education from Northeastern Illinois University. She earned a master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University in reading education.


Mary Kemp, science teacher at Hersey, will serve as Elk Grove High School’s division head of math and science. Kemp began her career in 2001 at Hersey and received her National Board Certification in 2005. Kemp has also been a valued member of the District’s Evaluation Review Committee and belongs to Physics Northwest, an organization dedicated to developing engaging physics curriculum. Kemp earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Iowa and holds two master’s degrees from Roosevelt University, one in teacher leadership and the other in secondary teacher education.

Jenna Korakakis, a special education teacher at Hersey, has been appointed as the school’s dean of students. Prior to becoming a Hersey special education teacher in 2011, Korakakis served as a special education teacher at West Chicago High School and taught at the Niles Township District for Special Education. At Hersey, she has promoted positive behavioral expectations by serving on the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) team and social norms committee. Korakakis holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois University and a master’s degree from Concordia University in school leadership.


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