The Oak Grove School District 68 Board of Education is pleased to announce Ms. Allison Sherman as the next superintendent of schools starting July 1, 2020 to succeed Dr. Lonny Lemon, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Ms. Sherman will join us as an Associate Superintendent from February 26, to transition with Dr. Lemon, through June 30.
Ms. Sherman comes to Oak Grove with a Chief School Business Official certificate from Northern Illinois University and her State of Illinois superintendent licensure from Loyola University. She earned a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Sherman currently oversees the implementation of the Illinois ESSA Support and Accountability Plan at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). She led the launch and implementation of IL-EMPOWER, the state system of support for schools identified for improvement. Prior to ISBE, Ms. Sherman was an Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Marquardt School District 15 and Director of Curriculum for Indian Prairie School District 204. While at Indian Prairie, Ms. Sherman worked with the Aurora University Institute for Collaboration to design the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School on the campus of Aurora University. The STEM school is a first-of-its-kind partnership school in the state of Illinois, comprised of a unique integrated STEM curriculum designed in collaboration with public school systems, corporate and non-profit partners, and a university. Ms. Sherman was the Founding Director in its inaugural year.
The Board of Education conducted a state-wide search with the assistance of the BWP and Associates that produced 37 qualified applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds. After months of meetings and interviews, the Board of Education is pleased with the search process and its outcome.
“Ms. Sherman has a passion for working with students and families and is excited to begin her new role at Oak Grove. She will continue to carry forward the vision of Oak Grove”, said OGS Board President Tony Giamis.
Ms. Sherman would like the community to know, “The story of Oak Grove School District has been one of success under the leadership of the Board and Dr. Lemon. It was clear from meeting stakeholders that this is a community’s school – a family of staff, parents, administration, and Board committed to providing every opportunity for students to reach their potential. I am honored to step into the role of Superintendent and to work with the Board, Dr. Lemon, and staff over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition.”
Please Join the Board of Education in welcoming Ms. Sherman to our Oak Grove family. A welcoming reception will be planned in January.