Dear District 34 School Community:
It is with great excitement that the District 34 Board of Education announces that Dr. Bradford Hubbard will be joining our learning community as the new Superintendent of Schools. He will officially be starting this July, to begin the 2020-2021 school year. So, in the coming months, if you happen to see a new (or perhaps familiar) face on one of our school campuses as he familiarizes himself with the district, please join us in welcoming him to District 34!
Dr. Hubbard was chosen from a very talented, knowledgeable, and impressive group of Superintendent candidates. In the final stages of the process, the finalists met with the Board of Education to present a School Improvement Plan (SIP) based on our District's individualized data. Within days, the candidates then met with school administrators and select staff to present their SIP once more, in addition to a Q & A session. The process then capped off with a Community Forum that took place on January 11th, at W.C. Petty.
Currently, Dr. Hubbard serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for District 117. Before that, he was principal at Antioch Community High School where he was beloved by students, staff, and parents alike for his exceptional leadership style and ability to build relationships through his "ALL students" approach. In his earliest years of education, Dr. Hubbard was a science teacher, then Dean of Students at Highland Park High School.
Dr. Hubbard received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan where he majored in Biology, and minored in Chemistry. He then went on to earn his Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Soon afterward, Dr. Hubbard received his Educational Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. He is also the receipient of the Young Presidents' Organization Impactful Educator Award (2006) and the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award (2015).
I appreciate your joining me in providing a warm welcome for Dr. Hubbard. He is extremely honored to be chosen to lead our district and is looking forward to "getting started". In a letter he wrote to the Board, he concluded with "I have been preparing my entire professional life to lead a school district and do it in a way that will value, embrace, love, and serve ALL students and families. I look forward to the opportunity that exists in District 34 and am eager to start this critical work together."
Dr. Hubbard looks forward to meeting each and every one of you. Therefore, the Board is looking to schedule a Community Welcome Reception in the coming months. Please look for upcoming information regarding that event.
Welcome aboard, Dr. Hubbard!
Mary Beth Hulting, D34 Board President