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Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent

Dr. Tess is proud to have served in education for the last 18 years.  In her career as an educator, Dr. Tess has prior experience as a classroom teacher, elementary and middle school assistant principal, middle school principal and assistant superintendent.  Her diverse experiences in the early years as an elementary teacher in southern California, within a Department of Defense school system in Alabama and on the North Shore of Chicago continue to shape her commitment to the development of emerging leaders, creative problem solving and compassionate leadership. 

Dr. Tess received her Bachelor of Science in Media Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Elementary Education from DePaul University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Concordia University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from DePaul University.   She has served as a mentor to new leadership in a Central Office role through the Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators, and served as an adjunct professor for Concordia University to those in the Educational Leadership cohort.

Dr. Tess and her husband are proud parents to three children.

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Dr. Kelly Tess speaks to School Board President Emily Rose, Crow Island Kindergarten teacher Melissa Brody (both of whom are alumni of The Winnetka Public Schools) and Tom Flemma, Head of School at North Shore Country Day, a private school in Winnetka with a unique shared history in progressive education. Throughout the episode, learn about the unique legacy of Progressive Education in Winnetka, and how our public and private insitutions uphold our commitment to experiential learning. “I hope we continue to push ourselves to be a lighthouse of a District….the future is bright,” says Ms. Rose.

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Kelly Tess

Linda Wehrheim
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board