New D-45 superintendent Palmisano inspired by teacher
VILLA PARK – There’s a teacher named Martin Sirvatka who works at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, and Anthony Palmisano, the new superintendent of School District 45, said it’s because of Sirvatka that he’s here today.
When Palmisano, now 43, was a student at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, it was Sirvatka who reached out to him, who built a relationship with him and pushed him to attend college. Years later, Palmisano said he still considers Sirvatka one of his closest friends.
“He inspired me and built a relationship with me,” Palmisano said. “I always wanted to pay it forward, to make a difference. I really owe it to him the fact that I’m sitting here right now. I owe that to a teacher.”
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