Winifred Clausell has been named the district’s new Director of K-8 Literacy. As part of the Classrooms First administrative team, she will help create, develop and implement a K-12 Literacy learning environment that includes a guaranteed and viable curriculum and instructional pedagogy sufficient to ensure high school and college readiness.
Clausell comes to D219 from Wheeling Community Consolidated School District 21, where she served in a variety of roles. Most recently she was an Instructional Coach at Twain Elementary School in Wheeling, where she co-facilitated the school’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) process and collaborated with teachers, curriculum coordinators and administrators to provide ongoing professional development. Before that, she was a Learning Coach at Riley Elementary School in Arlington Heights. She also served D21 in the roles of Literacy & Media Teacher at Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove, as Literacy Resource Teacher at London Middle School in Wheeling and as a teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove. Prior to working at CCSD21, Clausell was a classroom teacher in Skokie School District 68 for two years.
Clausell earned a Master of Arts in School Leadership from Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. She holds both a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Illinois State University in Normal.
Tim Naatz was appointed Assistant Director of Student Services at Niles West. He moves to West from Niles North, where he served the past year as Vocational Coordinator in the Special Education Department. In that role he taught students job skills and introduced them to potential employment opportunities, both while they are in high school and for when they graduate. Naatz served the past three summers as Special Education Coordinator for D219 Summer School. For six years Naatz was a Special Education Teacher at Niles North. He also served for a year as Restrictive Study Coordinator at North. Before joining D219, Naatz was a Special Education Teacher and then Special Education Director and Case Manager at Urban Prep Academy’s West Campus in Chicago.
Naatz earned his Master of Arts in School Administration from Northeastern Illinois University. He is certified as a Learning Behavioral Specialist from Roosevelt University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Business Education, from Illinois State University.