Lynn Zeder still expects to interact with teachers, parents and students, even though she will be moving from to .
“I could be stuck in my office all day with all the principal paper work, and if I didn’t make a conscious effort to be out in the building I wouldn’t know what’s happening,” Zeder said. “I don’t want people to think because I’ve gone over to the district office that it becomes ‘Lynn who?’ I want them to see me, know me, because I have to see them and know them.”
At the , Zeder was approved to take the position of assistant director of curriculum. Zeder taught language arts for 15 years at all three grade levels in Orland Junior High, before moving to spending two years each as an assistant principal within Kirby School District 140 and Palos School District 118.
“I likened it to being a foreign exchange student,” Zeder said, about time spent outside D135. “I left the district but didn’t go far enough away where I still knew the neighborhood. I grew up in Palos and lived in Tinley. It’s one big neighborhood.”
She then returned to District 135 as Centennial School principal and has worked there for the last four years.
Among her goals is to make sure the district stays in communication with where the students will be heading, especially with Consolidated High School District 230. With the coming implementation of the new Common Core State Standards that communication is as important as ever, Zeder said.
“There will be so much need for professional development for teachers,” Zeder said about the Common Core standards. “And for parent education. We have end of the year assessments going home. When they have questions, to me it raises what can we do better to answer them, and let everyone know we all are working toward the same goal.”
Zeder said she is grateful for the support and encouragement she received upon being accepted for the new role, and looks forward to continue building on the foundation set by curriculum administrators before her.
She is taking the role left open by DJ Skogsberg, who is moving on to work as superintendent of Taft School District 90 in Lockport.
Tracy Marc will be assuming the role of community relations coordinator, after the school board at the same May 14 meeting approved her hire.
Marc comes in with a marketing background, having worked for 15 years with agencies on consumer and business-to-business programs, she wrote in an email.
The Orland Park resident worked as a senior account and project manager with Boomm! Marketing in LaGrange, as well as Esrock Partners Advertising in Orland Park and Whitcomm Marketing in Mokena.
"I am proud to join District 135 as Community Relations Coordinator and have the opportunity to apply my corporate expertise to school PR and communications," Marc wrote in an email.
Marc is stepping into Bridget McGuiggan’s former role, who was hired as director of communications with Community Consolidated School District 181 in Burr Ridge.
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