Knoll has been the District 54 director of literacy since 2007. Prior to that she was a reading recovery teacher, literacy coach and teacher in District 54 since 2003. She also taught in Elgin District U-46 for six years before coming to District 54.
“It is truly an honor to be part of such a remarkable district,” Knoll said. “This appointment means so much because I have the joy of working with amazing staff across the district.”
Knoll has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor’s degree in education, both from National-Louis University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership from National-Louis.
Knoll will be replacing Beth Erbach, whose current title is assistant superintendent of student learning. Beth will be moving to the position of assistant superintendent of district improvement, a position that will be vacated in June 2014 when Karen Hindman retires. These changes are effective July 1, 2014.
Hindman was hired by District 54 in July 2006 as assistant superintendent of special services. She became the assistant superintendent of district improvement in July 2008. Prior to working in District 54 she was an executive director, principal, assistant principal and teacher in Palatine School District 15.
“It’s bittersweet because we will be losing someone we love, who is part of our family,” Board Vice President Charlotte Kegarise said. “But I can’t think of anyone more qualified to fill those shoes.”
Knoll thanked her husband, the School Board, administrators, her instructional team, teachers, support staff and every employee in District 54.
“It literally takes each and every person to achieve the amazing student growth we have achieved,” she said. “I will remain dedicated to working collaboratively with everyone in the district.”