Submitted by Nancy Neuzil, School District 157-C Public Relations Coordinator
An interim superintendent and an interim director of special services were selected for School District 157-C.
Patricia Wernet was picked as interim superintendent and Susan Ireland was chosen to be the interim director of special services. They will hold the positions while Superintendent Thomas Hurlburt and Director of Special Services Carrie Clodi are on leave.
“We are very fortunate to have Dr. Wernet and Dr. Ireland join our administrative team,” said board President Christopher McFadden. “With their outstanding credentials and experience, we are confident that these instructional leaders will guide our faculty as they continue to provide the highest quality of education and support for our students. We welcome both of these excellent administrators to our school community.”
Wernet was the superintendent for Lisle Community Unit School District 202. Under her leadership the district saw an increase in Illinois Standard Achievement Test results and, in 2011, Lisle Senior High School had the greatest increase on the Prairie State Achievement Exam of all high schools in DuPage and Cook Counties.
She previously served as superintendent for Berwyn South School District 100, director of teaching and learning at Palos School District 118, principal and assistant principal at Palos South Middle School in District 118, and also held several positions at Evergreen Park School District 124.
Ireland worked at the Eisenhower Special Education Cooperative for 33 years. She has served for the last 19 years as Eisenhower Cooperative’s executive director and its administration center was recently dedicated in her name. Ireland has also been a teacher, disabilities specialist, master teacher leader and special education director.
Ireland serves on numerous task forces, boards and committees throughout the state, is a former president of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education and has received numerous certifications and awards. She earned a doctoral degree from Loyola University of Chicago, a master of science degree from the National College of Education and a bachelor of science degree from Marquette University.
Ireland is the special education compliance monitor for the Illinois State Board of Education and serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity Christian College where she teaches special education law and current challenges.