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District 87 Administrative Changes

District 87 announces administrative changes, new position

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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington Public Schools is excited to announce several changes to leadership throughout District 87 as well as a new position for the 2020-21 school year.

These changes were approved by the the Board of Education on Feb. 12. The position of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Principal of Bloomington Junior High School will be effective July 1, 2020. All other roles will go into effect in August. 

“I am very excited about the future of District 87,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “This group of highly talented individuals bring a wealth of administrative experience to their new roles. These leadership changes and promotions will benefit the students, staff and families of this district for years to come. I could not be more proud of all they have done and will continue to do.”

The leadership adjustments are as follows:

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

Mrs. Sherrilyn Thomas will assume the role of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. She will succeed Dr. Herschel Hannah who is retiring on June 30, 2020. Mrs. Thomas has served as Principal of Bloomington Junior High School since 2012. She began teaching at BJHS in 1997 before becoming Assistant Principal in 2002 and then serving as the junior high Associate Principal and Athletic Director in 2007.

“I absolutely love District 87. Bloomington Junior High has been my home for 23 years,” said Mrs. Thomas. “While it will be hard to leave, I’m beyond excited about continuing to serve District 87 as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Working with people is my passion and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a greater number of District 87 employees, students and families.”

In her time as principal, Mrs. Thomas implemented Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning at the junior high.

“Mrs. Thomas’ experience as Principal of Bloomington Junior High School will serve her well in her new role as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “She is well-respected by her colleagues across the district. Mrs. Thomas will provide leadership and professional development to our entire administrative team.”

Mrs. Thomas earned a Bachelor’s in Middle School Education in 1996, a Master’s in Education in 2000, and is now completing a Doctorate in Education, all from Illinois State University. 

She lives in Bloomington with her husband Bryan. She has three stepchildren and a 3-year-old granddaughter.

Principal of Bloomington Junior High School

Dr. Amanda Jarvis will assume the role of Principal of Bloomington Junior High School. She will succeed Mrs. Sherrilyn Thomas. Dr. Jarvis has served as Associate Principal at Bloomington High School since 2012. She began her career teaching high school English at Danville High School in 1997; then teaching English at MacArthur High School in Decatur in 2006; then serving as Assistant Principal at Eisenhower High School in Decatur.

“I am extremely honored to be able to continue working with the students, families, and staff of District 87 as Principal of Bloomington Junior High School,” said Dr. Jarvis. “This district and the school is special to me, not only because my own children are the products of it, but because I know firsthand that we do an excellent job of educating and taking care of all students. I only hope to help staff and students improve upon what is already a solid and distinguished foundation. I am very lucky to get to work in such a great place. It’s great to be in District 87!”

In her time at BHS, Dr. Jarvis helped implement an advisory period for students to help build relationships and provide extra support. She also facilitated the practice of online course selection and registration for high school students. 

“Having served as Associate Principal of Bloomington High School for a number of years, Dr. Jarvis has worked collaboratively with our junior high school staff as students transition to high school,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “This experience, her strong knowledge of our curriculum, and her understanding of our community will help bridge a smooth transition as she becomes the leader of Bloomington Junior High School.”

Dr. Jarvis earned a Bachelor’s in English from Southern Illinois University in 1997; a Master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2001; an Educational Specialist Degree in 2011 from Eastern; and a Doctorate in Educational Administration in 2019 from Illinois State University.

She lives in Bloomington with her two children who attend BHS.

Assistant Director of Special Education (new position)

Ms. Katy Hansen will assume the role of Assistant Director of Special Education for District 87. This position was created to provide additional supports to all schools across the district including the areas of special education, crisis prevention and intervention, and restorative practices.

Ms. Hansen has served as Principal of Stevenson Elementary since 2014. She has worked as a special education teacher for students with emotional disabilities, and served as the Director of Special Education and principal in Lincoln.

“I am very excited for this next opportunity to serve the district in a different capacity,” said Ms. Hansen. “I have enjoyed my time at Stevenson and look forward to providing supports to students and staff throughout the district.” 

In her time at Stevenson, Ms. Hansen provided professional development and school-wide implementation of restorative practices and trauma-based practices.

“Ms. Hansen has performed admirably as Principal of Stevenson Elementary School for the past six years,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “As the new Assistant Director of Special Education, Ms. Hansen will serve students, staff and parents across the entire district. Her expertise in the areas of special education, Crisis Prevention & Intervention, and restorative practices will provide support and training to building principals and other staff.” 

Ms. Hansen earned a bachelor’s in Special Education and Elementary Education at Eastern Illinois University; and received a master’s in Special Education and is completing a doctorate in Teaching and Learning, both from Illinois State University. 

She lives in Normal with her fiancé Mark Jontry, and children Madelyn and Ryan.

Principal of Stevenson Elementary School

Mrs. Lynn Shook will assume the role of Principal of Stevenson Elementary School. She will succeed Ms. Katy Hansen. Mrs. Shook has served as Assistant Principal at Bloomington Junior High School since 2013. She has worked at Metcalf Laboratory School as a Physical Education teacher and Athletics Director; at Normal Community High School as a Physical Education teacher; and as a Collegiate Women’s Basketball Coach at Illinois State University, Winona State University, and Loras College. 

“I am extremely excited about this new adventure and amazing opportunity. While I bring some great experiences from the junior high school, I know I will have a lot to learn,” said Mrs. Shook. “I look forward to getting to know the students and staff at Stevenson as we partner on this journey. I feel grateful for all that District 87 has afforded me as I continue to develop and grow as a leader.” 

In her time at BJHS, Mrs. Shook facilitated the introduction of therapy dogs to the junior high, while working to increase the building culture and school climate. 

“Mrs. Shook brings high energy and a passion for building strong relationships with students, staff and families,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “With nearly fifteen years of experience at the elementary and junior high school levels, Mrs. Shook is well prepared to lead Stevenson Elementary School to new heights.”

Mrs. Shook earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and Health from William Penn College; a Master’s in Physical Education from Winona State University; and a Master’s in Education Administration from Illinois State University.

She lives in Bloomington with her husband Scott and son Austin.

Assistant Principal at Bloomington Junior High School

Mrs. Jen McGowan will assume the role of Assistant Principal of Bloomington Junior High School. She will succeed Mrs. Lynn Shook. Mrs. McGowan has served as Principal at Sheridan Elementary School since 2013. She began her District 87 career at Irving Elementary School as Title One Interventionist, and first and second grade teacher.

While at Sheridan, Mrs. McGowan encouraged social and emotional learning by holding daily all-school assemblies, creating themes for each school year, and highlighting and celebrating student success. Sheridan also became the district’s first Community School under her leadership, providing additional support to families and students.
“It has always been my philosophy to support the whole child,” said Mrs. McGowan. 

Superintendent Reilly believes Mrs. McGowan’s experience will be a welcome addition to Bloomington Junior High.

“Mrs. McGowan brings seven years of experience as Principal of Sheridan Elementary School,” said Dr. Reilly. “Her knowledge and understanding of the importance of transitions from elementary school to junior high school will serve the district well. In addition, her well-established relationships with the many families from Sheridan that feed into our junior high will only help with these transitions.”

Mrs. McGowan received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 1999, a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction in 2006, and is currently completing a doctorate degree, all from Illinois State University.
She lives in Normal with her husband Matt, and children Zachary and Katelyn.

Principal of Sheridan Elementary School

Mrs. Danel Behrends-Harr will assume the role of Principal at Sheridan Elementary School. She will succeed Mrs. Jen McGowan. Mrs. Behrends-Harr has served as Principal at Sarah E. Raymond School of Early Childhood Education since 2007. She previously taught junior high and high school English. From 2002-2007, she was principal at Chatsworth and Meadowbrook elementary schools.

“I am excited for this new endeavor in my professional career, the opportunity to work with the Sheridan staff and reconnect with many of our former Rookies and  their families at Sheridan,” said Mrs. Behrends-Harr. “For the past 13 years I have been playing on a field of dreams, but starting in the fall I am looking forward to living every week like it’s Shark Week.”

In her time at Raymond, Mrs. Behrends-Harr helped implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) by theming the experience around baseball for students. She has connected Raymond with numerous community groups, including Illinois State University for the Itsy Art program, giving young students the opportunity to learn about art while supporting social emotional expression.

“Mrs. Behrends-Harr has spent the past twelve plus years leading Sarah Raymond School to great things,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “She has been instrumental in leading the mission of providing each child with a strong social, emotional and academic foundation for future success in all elementary schools. Mrs. Behrends-Harr’s experience will be a strong asset to the students, staff and families of the entire Sheridan community.”

Mrs.Behrends-Harr received a bachelor’s in Communication from Milikin University in 1992 and a master’s in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University in 2000.
She lives in Normal with her husband Matt Harr, Principal at Northpoint Elementary School. Their children are Landon, Larin, and Larissa.

Principal of Bent Elementary School

Mrs. Guillermina Delgado will assume the role of Principal of Bent Elementary School. She will succeed Mr. Jeff Geringer who is retiring.

Mrs. Delgado has served as a bilingual teacher at Bent since 2006. At Bent, she taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grade, as well as assisted with coordination of the school’s bilingual program. She is also an adjunct professor at Illinois State University. She previously co-taught English Language Learner courses at Illinois Wesleyan University.

“I love going to work every day at a school that embraces diversity. I have worked with some of the most talented, caring, and energetic teachers and administrators,” said Mrs. Delgado. “I love walking down the hallways because I can hear students and teachers speaking English and Spanish. I am grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the administrative team of District 87. My vision is to continue strengthening the bond our staff, students, and families have at Bent Elementary.”

She earned a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication in 2000 from Brenau University; and a Bachelor’s in Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education in 2006, a Master’s in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in 2011, and a Master’s in Educational Administration in 2019, all from Illinois State University.

“Mrs. Delgado is an outstanding role model for the entire Bent community,” said Superintendent Barry Reilly. “Being fluent in both Spanish and English, Mrs. Delgado has a strong understanding of the unique needs of the multilingual learner. She brings great passion and is a strong advocate for all students and staff.”

Mrs. Delgado was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and she came to the United States at age four. She attended a bilingual school similar to Bent as a child. 

The district will soon begin the search for candidates to fill the position of Associate Principal at Bloomington High School; and position of Principal at Sarah Raymond School of Early Childhood Education.

Events will be planned to provide opportunities for students and families to get to know their new building leaders before the 2020-21 school year. 

For information, contact:

Dr. Barry Reilly (309)-827-6031

Bloomington Public Schools District 87