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Dr. Leatrice Satterwhite - Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Innovation

As of July 1, 2024, Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Innovation Dr. Leatrice Satterwhite leads equity work and oversight of innovative strategies and programs.

Dr. Leatrice L. Satterwhite previously served as U-46’s Director of Specialized Student Services since 2014. In her new role, she will lead the efforts to sustain a culture of inclusion and belonging for all students by working to increase academic achievement, opportunities, and access and narrowing the gaps between student groups. Additionally, this position will plan, organize, and direct initiatives for staff, parents, and the community; develop and revise policies, practices, and programs that create a climate of belonging; and provide leadership to increase effectiveness in promoting equity and cultural responsiveness districtwide.

Dr. Satterwhite’s career spans over thirty years in the educational sector, bringing a wealth of experience in enhancing educational outcomes for students with diverse needs. She is recognized for elevating the achievement level among economically disadvantaged students through strategic planning, effective administration, and the supervision of comprehensive special education services.

Dr. Leatrice L. Satterwhite has served as U-46’s Director of Specialized Student Services since 2014, and Assistant Director of Special Education from 2012 to 2014. In these roles she has ensured compliance with federal and state mandates, developing and managing substantial grant funds, and facilitating critical disproportionality efforts. Her leadership extended to overseeing professional growth activities for more than 1,400 staff members, updating district-level special education policies to meet current rules and regulations, and piloting a teletherapy program to address bilingual service gaps.

Prior to her joining School District U-46, Dr. Satterwhite served as the Coordinating Supervisor of Support Programs and Services from 2007 to 2012 at Prince George’s County Public Schools in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. In this role, her strategic initiatives led to remarkable improvements in assessment scores by students with significant cognitive disabilities, and the development of partnerships that significantly increased the district’s special education capabilities.

In her earlier roles as Principal and Assistant Principal with the Chicago Public Schools from 2001-2007, Dr. Satterwhite was instrumental in driving academic excellence and fostering safe, inclusive learning environments. Her innovative programs and initiatives significantly improved academic performances and enhanced parental involvement and community partnerships.

Dr. Satterwhite’s dedication to special education and equity extends beyond her professional roles, as evidenced by her contributions to national and state-level educational boards and conferences. She has presented at the National Alliance of Black School Educators National Conference, Harvard Graduate School Summer Institute, and several state university conferences.

Dr. Satterwhite earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in special education, both from Eastern Illinois University. She holds a second Master of Science in education administration from Roosevelt University, and a Doctorate in education administration from Northern Illinois University.