The District 54 School Board appointed a new associate superintendent and two new assistant superintendents during its board meeting on Dec. 6, 2012. Dr. Nick Myers was named the associate superintendent; Beth Erbach was named the assistant superintendent of student learning; and Dr. Pete Hannigan was named the assistant superintendent of human resources effective July 1, 2013.
These were the first recommendations from Andy DuRoss, who will be the new superintendent on July 1. In describing these three individuals, DuRoss said “They represent what makes District 54 as strong as it is.”
Dr. Nick Myers
Myers has been the assistant superintendent of student learning since July 2009. He was originally hired in District 54 as the principal of Anne Fox Elementary School in Hanover Park in July 2005. Prior to coming to Fox, he was a principal, an assistant principal, a dean and a junior high teacher in Cary District 26. He also taught at a Nebraska high school.
“We are proud of the work our district does and that all emanates from the vision you have for our school district,” Myers told the School Board. “We have tremendous talent in this room, tremendous talent in our classrooms and tremendous talent in our leader.”
Myers has a doctorate from Roosevelt University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Erbach has been the principal at Armstrong Elementary School in Hoffman Estates since 2010 and before that was the principal at Fairview Elementary School in Hoffman Estates from 2004 to 2010. She also served as the assistant principal of Collins and Fairview elementary schools for three years and as a special education teacher at Stevenson Elementary School for four years.
“As I move into this next role, I realize there are many important colleagues and coaches who have helped me excel,” Erbach said, thanking many of them before addressing her new staff. “To be an effective principal you must rely on the Department of Student Learning to get your job done. I am looking forward to being part of such an amazing team.”
Erbach has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. She will replace Myers.
Dr. Pete Hannigan
Hannigan has been the principal at Mead Junior High School in Elk Grove Village since 2010. He was originally hired by the district in 2006 as principal at Dirksen Elementary School in Schaumburg. Previously he served as a principal and building assistant in Palatine School District 15 and as a teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School in Aurora.
“I’m very excited and looking forward to working together with our SEA, our SEEO, our nonrepresented staff and everyone across the district,” Hannigan said. “To Cabinet and my administrative colleagues, I’m looking forward to working with you as we continue to meet the high expectations we currently have and exceed those expectations into the future.”
Hannigan has a doctorate in educational administration and a master’s in education from Northern Illinois University. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Aurora University. Hannigan will replace DuRoss.
All three candidates thanked their colleagues, their staffs and their families. They also all thanked Superintendent Rafferty for his support of them during their professional careers in District 54.
District 54 will now search for individuals to fill the open principal positions.