Flossmoor resident named Illinois Superintendent of the Year

January 17, 2021 - 21:32

The work Donna Leak has done as a school administrator the past six years has won her the 2021 Illinois Superintendent of the Year honor.
The Flossmoor resident, who started her teaching career at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, has spent more than 30 years in the education field. Today Leak is the superintendent for Sauk Village District 168. 


D161 Learning and Instruction, Finance committees look ahead to next year’s challenges

December 13, 2020 - 19:22

The 2020-2021 school year is still rife with challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but for the most part that course has already been charted.

“The rest of this year, there aren’t too many changes we can make,” said Dana Smith, superintendent for Flossmoor School District 161.

Not quite elementary: Teachers helping students, each other make adjustments

November 07, 2020 - 17:19

When Willow School kindergarten teacher Christina Stevens got her class list for the 2020-2021 school year, she could not help but feel like something was off.

“This is so strange,” she said to herself.

It was the start of her second year as a teacher, but it felt like she had never finished her first. The shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic started happening in mid-March. No one finished the school year inside of Willow’s walls, and that meant the Homewood teacher and her first class missed out on the end-of-the-year things kindergarteners would typically do.


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