Members of the U-46 Board of Education

  • President: Donna Smith
    Vice President: Susan Kerr
    Secretary Pro-Tem: Veronica Noland
    Members:

    Phil Costello

    John Devereux

    Melissa Owens

    Jeanette Ward

    Student Advisor: Jackson Teetor

    355 E. Chicago St.
    Elgin, IL 60120
    Phone: (847) 888-5000 x 5032

    The Board of Education is responsible for determining the policies which guide the operation of School District U-46. State law holds school boards responsible for policies in these areas: approval of courses of study and textbooks, adoption of an annual budget, construction, furnishing and maintenance of facilities, employment and evaluation of the superintendent.

    Elected members serve four-year terms and are not paid for their services. To be eligible to serve, a school board member must meet the following requirements on the date of election: a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a registered voter, a resident of the State of Illinois, and a resident of School District U-46 for at least one year immediately preceding the election. All U-46 Board members have completed the Open Meetings Act Training as required under the Illinois School Code, (5 ILS 120/1.06) and the Professional Development Leadership Training.     

    Two U-46 administrators join the Board at the table during meetings: Chief Executive Officer Tony Sanders and Chief Legal Officer Miguel A. Rodriguez, who serves as the Board Secretary.

    The Board Members are as follows:

 Donna Smith, President

Phone: (630) 289-6539

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Donna Smith, President

A resident of Hanover Park, has been a member of the school board since 2001. She has served as chairperson of the Citizens’ Advisory Council and as an active member in the Partnership for Excellence in Learning, Comprehensive High School Committee, P.A.S.S. Committee, and several parent-teacher organizations. Mrs. Smith works at DuPage County Public Works as a billing/collection specialist. Mrs. Smith's term expires in 2021.

Mrs. Smith completed her Open Meetings Act Training on Feb. 9, 2012, and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Sue Kerr, Vice President

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Sue Kerr, Vice President

A resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015. She has been a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Council where she has co-chaired a number of committees. Ms. Kerr worked as a computer programmer analyst at the University of Chicago Library. Ms. Kerr’s term expires in 2019.

Ms. Kerr completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on June 5, 2015. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

Email:

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Veronica Noland, Secretary Pro Tempore

An Elgin resident, is active with the Channing Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization, having previously served as Vice-President. She also has been a member of both the U-46 Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute and the Citizens’ Advisory Council. Ms. Noland is serving her first term which expires in 2021.

Ms. Noland completed her Open Meetings Act Training on April 8, 2015, and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on Nov. 22, 2013. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 Phil Costello

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Phil Costello

A nine-year resident of Bartlett and life-long resident of Illinois, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015.  Mr. Costello is a CPA with a Masters of Business Administration. He is employed at the Oak Lawn Park District as a Superintendent of Finance and Personnel. Mr. Costello also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Homes for Children Foundation and Audit Committee Chair for ChildServ, two nonprofit organizations that provide child welfare support services in; Cook, Kane, and DuPage counties. Mr. Costello’s term expires in 2019.

Mr.Costello completed both his Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on June 5, 2015. Click the links below to view his Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 John Devereux

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

John Devereux

A Bartlett resident, was appointed to the Board in June 2018. He is the chief actuary for a Chicago-based firm and a parent of two children who have attended U-46 schools, including a son who graduated in May 2018 from Bartlett High School. Mr. Devereux has served in leadership roles with the Bartlett High School Band Parent Organization and has volunteered as a coach for the Bartlett Park District. Mr. Devereux is completing a term which will expire in the spring of 2019.

 

Open Meetings Act Certificate

Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Melissa Owens

Phone: (847) 888-5000 x5032

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Melissa Owens

A resident of Bartlett, was elected to the Board of Education in 2017. Ms. Owens served on the Citizens' Advisory Council for seven years, chairing the Special Education Committee and the General Council. She also served on the Operating Board of the Elgin Alignment Collaborative for Education for one year. Ms. Owens is the Volunteer Program Coordinator for the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. Her term expires in 2021.

Ms. Owens completed both her Open Meetings Act Training and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on July 7, 2017. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate

 Jeanette Ward

Phone: (630) 294-5927

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Jeanette Ward

A West Chicago resident, was elected to the Board of Education in 2015.  A parent volunteer in the district, Mrs. Ward is also the Regulatory Affairs Manager at an international chemical company. Mrs. Ward's term expires in 2019.

Mrs. Ward completed her Open Meetings Act Training on June 13, 2015, and Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Training on April 4, 2016. Click the links below to view her Certificates of Completion.

Open Meetings Act Certificate
Performance Evaluation Reform Act/Professional Development Leadership Certificate 

 Jackson Teetor

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Email:

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Jackson Teetor

Jackson Teetor is a senior at Larkin High School in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Jackson is a member of the National Honor Society, Mathletes, and speech team. While on the speech team, Jackson demonstrated the ability to problem solve as a Fox Valley finalist in speech and debate, and he is looking to pursue a career as an attorney. He will serve as the 2018-2019 Student Advisor to the U-46 Board of Education.  

Larkin principal Jamie Crosen said he was immediately impressed with Jackson’s passion for social justice. Crosen said Jackson “presented himself as an articulate young intellectual with an amazing historical background.”