Hinsdale District 86 hires special education superintendent

<p>Tammy Prentiss</p>

Tammy Prentiss

The Hinsdale High School District 86 Board voted April 7 to hire Tammy Prentiss as assistant superintendent of special education, effective July 1. Prentiss replaces Joyce Powel, who is resigning effective June 30.

With more than 23 years of special education expertise gained in the classroom and as an administrator, Prentiss will continue to lead the district’s newly independent special education program implemented at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Previously, District 86 special education students received services from the La Grange Area Department of Special Education. The district withdrew LADSE in 2013.

Prentiss serves as the assistant director of the Cooperative Association of Special Education, an educational cooperative with which seven DuPage County school districts have contracts to provide services to over 4,000 special education students. Prentiss spent five years as a special education teacher in Bloomingdale Elementary District 93, successively rising to assistant principal and principal of Stratford Middle School in Carol Stream, and ultimately director of special education for the entire district.

“Every student’s educational journey is unique,” said Prentiss. “I have always been guided by the goal of calibrating an appropriate course of action based on the best interest of each student and enacting that plan with integrity and respect.”

Prentiss holds a bachelor of science degree, cum laude, in education; a master of science degree in educational administration; a master of science degree in special education; and an education specialist degree in educational administration, all conferred by Northern Illinois University.

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