Dr. José M. Torres
For the past five years, Dr. Torres has led U-46 through economic challenges—mainly due to the state’s budget crisis—yet he also has implemented many new initiatives including the creation of Destination 2015, the district’s five-year accountability plan that includes benchmarks and targets to ensure that U-46’s 40,000+ students succeed. Accomplishments include increasing the numbers of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, the students taking the courses, and the students taking the AP tests; establishing the AVID program at all middle and high schools to help students become prepared for college; increasing the rigor of courses in middle schools (e.g. adding world languages); working with the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce and business leaders to increase the number of high school students earning the National Career Readiness Certificate; expanding the Dual Language program for elementary school students; supporting teachers through the Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives department; increasing family and community engagement; creating new parent leadership programs for minority parents; and focusing on dropout prevention and eliminating the achievement gap.
Dr. Torres holds a Bachelor of General Studies, a Master of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from the University of Maryland.
Dr. José M. Torres was named Superintendent of School District U-46 in 2008 and served on the Equity and Excellence Commission of the United States Department of Education from February of 2011 through 2013.
Prior to joining U-46, Dr. Torres served as a Regional Superintendent in the Chicago Public Schools. Before coming to Illinois, he had served in school districts in San Jose, CA; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Rockville, MD; Washington, D.C. and at U.S. Department of Defense schools.