Two administrative appointments approved by Unit 4 Board

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:46am

The Unit 4 Board of Education approved administrative appointments for Ms. Rhonda Thornton and Mr. Kyle Freeman at its meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Ms. Rhonda Thornton has been selected Director of Assessment, Digital Learning & Title Programs effective July 1, 2019. 

Ms. Thornton is currently serving Decatur Public Schools as the Grant Administrator. She has served in this position for the last ten years. In this position, Ms. Thornton’s responsibilities include support for School Improvement Planning, and facilitating alignment and direction of curriculum, instruction, professional development, technology, and assessment practices. She also provides day-to-day management of State, Federal and local grants, including standards and budget compliance for all Title funds, School Improvement grants, Truant and Educational Options Program grants, Preschool for All grants, and Early Childhood grants.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Thornton served Decatur Public Schools as the 21st Century Coordinator. In this position, her responsibilities included planning and management of extended day programming and recreational planning, working with community organizations and agencies, and supervising and evaluating program staff. Ms. Thornton’s experience also includes serving as Director/Principal of Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana, Educational Specialist with the Association of Illinois Middle-Level Schools and as a Social Studies Teacher in California.

Ms. Thornton holds a CSBO/Superintendent Specialist degree from the University of Illinois/Springfield, a Master in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, a Master in Education from California State University/San Bernardino and a Bachelor in History (Teacher Certification) from the University of California/Riverside.

The position of Director of Data, Assessment and Digital Learning is vacant for the 2019-2020 school year due to the resignation of the current director. This position has been restructured and retitled as the Director of Assessment, Digital Learning & Title Programs and has been expanded to include the oversight and facilitation of additional District programs.

Mr. Kyle Freeman has been selected as the Associate Principal/Summer School Principal for Edison Middle School effective July 1, 2019.

Mr. Freeman currently serves Edison Middle School as Dean of Students.  He has held this position since August 2018.  Prior to this role, Mr. Freeman served as a Science and AVID teacher at Edison since August 2011.

Mr. Freeman holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education, both from Illinois State University.  He earned his Master of Science in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership from the University of Illinois.

The position of Edison Middle School Associate Principal/Summer School Principal for the 2019-2020 school year became vacant due to a resignation.