West Chicago District 33 names new superintendent

WEST CHICAGO – The West Chicago Elementary School District 33 Board of Education announced that Charles Johns will be its next superintendent at a special meeting Thursday, according to a district news release.

Johns was selected after a search conducted with BWP and Associates that included more than 50 applicants, the release said.

The district's current superintendent is Kathy Wolfe, according to administration.

Johns will begin leading the district summer 2014.

“Dr. Charles Johns brings a proven track record of success to District 33,” Board President Brenda Vishanoff said in the release. “He is highly regarded among his peers and is an intentional, engaging leader.”

A native of Iowa, Johns holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Iowa, according to the release. He also received a PhD in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Johns began his career as an English teacher in Elk Grove Village, the release said. He also coached debate and track and was later named dean of students, before accepting a position as associate principal of operations at Rolling Meadows High School. He eventually became the school's principal and then took his current job as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.

Johns expressed enthusiasm about his new role with District 33 in the release.

“It is clear that there is an overwhelming sense of public support for West Chicago District 33 and its employees,” Johns said in the release. “It is an honor to join this child-centered community in its mission of empowering students to reach their maximum potential.”

As an assistant superintendent, Johns focused largely on kindergarten through eighth grade academics and led curriculum development designed to increase college and career readiness, according to the release. He also spent time examining professional learning teams, the use of data in decision making and the needs of English language learners.

Johns and his wife live in Palatine with their three children.