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Human Resources



Welcome to the Human Resources Department. We recognize that recruitment, retention, and development of personnel are essential components of a successful school district. Our District celebrates a long and rich history as a "Community of Learners." Our staff of approximately 400 individuals works to serve the needs of our students, families, and community. The Human Resources Department provides support to all staff members during their tenure in District 36.

The ongoing goal of our department is to provide exemplary service to our staff. We welcome your inquiries, feedback, and visits.

Our department is here to assist with personnel matters including:

  • Licensure and the documentation of related professional learning
  • Compensation statements and related benefits
  • Onboarding, including criminal background checks
  • Development and recommendation of policies and procedures concerning personnel management
  • Employee record processing, verification, and maintenance
  • Staff evaluation processes, including their development and related record keeping
  • Seniority and service credit reporting
  • Attendance and time-off administration and maintenance


Jeff Knapp
Assistant Superintendent

Karen Foley
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent 

Jessica Lerner
Benefits Coordinator


All teachers are required to maintain active licensure related to their employment. License registrations, renewals, and initial applications for state licenses and endorsements are processed through the State of Illinois system of Regional Offices of Education (ROE). The ROE servicing the Winnetka Public Schools is the North Cook Regional Office of Education (ROE#5) located at:

1001 E. Touhy Avenue, Suite 200
Des Plaines, IL 60018
(847) 824-8300 (phone)
(847) 824-1033 (fax)

All associates are required to have a Paraprofessional License, a Substitute License, or a Professional Educators License (PEL or PEL with stipulations) on file with the North Cook Regional Office of Education (ROE#5). Any deficiencies related to a PEL License with Stipulations must be addressed within two years to convert a PEL with Stipulations to an unrestricted PEL.

All associates who are interested in substitute teaching must also have a registered teaching or substitute teaching license. All external substitutes must have an active Substitute License or Professional Educator License (PEL).

Applications and information related to licensure are available through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website. License management is addressed through the Educator License Information System (ELIS) which is accessed via the home page of the ISBE website.