Julie A. Schmidt is superintendent of schools for Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Illinois. The district began its professional learning community journey 15 years ago and has been recognised as a model PLC. District 96 schools have received five Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence, three during Julie's tenure as superintendent.
With more than 26 years in education, she has been a superintendent, an associate superintendent, a school psychologist, an assistant to the superintendent, a director of student services and an assistant director of special education (early childhood through high school). A respected speaker and facilitator, Julie focuses on response to intervention, leadership and change, and the implementation of PLC practices and works with elementary and secondary schools. She serves on the national PLC advisory board for Solution Tree.
Julie received the Principals' Award of Excellence and Administrative Award of Excellence. As a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, she serves on the Illinois Balanced Accountability, Professional Development and Vision 20/20 committees at the state level. She was elected to the National Suburban School Superintendents, an organisation of less than 150 superintendents across the United States. She is also Lake County Superintendents professional development chair and president of the executive board of the Exceptional Learners Collaborative (District 96 is a founding member).
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