Christine Gonzales has been named Niles Township High School District 219’s next Executive Director of K-12 STEM and Literacy, after a vote by the D219 Board of Education at its June 18 meeting. She will begin in that role on July 1. Gonzales is currently Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning & Communications for Township High School District 113 in Highland Park.
The executive director oversees the alignment of K-12 STEM and Literacy curriculum to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, to ensure high school, college, and career readiness for all students, and supervises the implementation of that curriculum through supervision and professional development. The executive director monitors and tracks student data with the Classrooms First administrative team to ensure student success.
Gonzales has served District 113 since 2016. The district includes Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools. In her role she oversaw the district’s Innovative Teaching and Learning initiatives, which include: providing technology and instructional technology support for teachers, counselors and support staff; researching educational trends and innovative instruction; and heading up the selection and districtwide implementation of a Learning Management System. She also headed up the district’s Communications division, where she: developed a comprehensive Communications Plan for the district; oversaw the district’s website, publications and social media; and collaborated on developing the district’s Strategic Plan.
Prior to D113, Gonzales served as Assistant Principal for three years at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago. In that role she led the Mathematics Department, was responsible for scheduling 4,200 students and 217 teachers, and was the school’s Webmaster. She co-founded the school’s GEMS program, which builds capacity in young women interested in entering the fields of engineering, math and science. Gonzales taught math at Lane Tech from 2007 to 2013.
Gonzales earned a Master of Science degree in Math Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is completing her Doctorate of Education in Learning Design & Leadership at the University of Illinois.