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Unit 4 Board of Education Selects Finalists for Superintendent
Posted on 01/07/2021
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The Unit 4 Board of Education announced three finalists for the position of Superintendent. This follows a comprehensive search conducted by Ray & Associates.

The three finalists are:  

 Mrs. Shelia Boozer Mrs. Boozer

Shelia Boozer is currently serving as the Director of Teaching & Learning and Technology in Springfield District 186 which is a large diverse unit district that serves approximately 14,000 students in 36 schools. Over the past 23 years in education, she has had an excellent educational career as a teacher at the elementary and middle school, assistant principal and principal at both the elementary and high school levels. Mrs. Boozer used her adeptness to build relationships with students and their families, as well as motivate and encourage staff and students to succeed. 

Mrs. Boozer received her Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology and an Elementary Education certification from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also received her Masters’ Degree in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University, an Ed.S Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Illinois at Springfield and is currently finalizing her dissertation for her Doctorate at Illinois State University. Her topic is Restorative Practices: Its impact on racial inequities in pk-12 schools. Mrs. Boozer is active in the community and serves on several boards and is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She and her husband, Lance have three adult children.


 Dr. Yvonne Stokes  Dr. Stokes

Dr. Yvonne Stokes is an assistant superintendent for The School Town of Munster. She completed her undergraduate degree in speech and audiology at Purdue University in West Lafayette and then obtained two master’s degrees in the areas of special education and educational leadership from the University of Saint Francis and Indiana University-Purdue University. She completed her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Purdue University in West Lafayette. A passion of Dr. Stokes has been working with students, staff, and fellow administrators to support equity metrics through effective communication strategies that support student achievement, growth and development. Dr. Stokes has worked in urban, rural, and suburban school districts including Indiana’s two largest districts: Fort Wayne Community Schools and Indianapolis Public Schools. She has served as a teacher, principal, director of special education, and director of curriculum and assessment within the state of Indiana. She has volunteered to mentor Ball State University administrators seeking licensure and is a former Steering Committee Member for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child in Indianapolis. In 2012 Dr. Stokes published her dissertation titled, “Principals’ and Superintendents’ Perspective of their Communication Relationships...”

Dr. Stokes is a singer/songwriter and maintains a special love for the arts. Dr. Stokes is the proud mother of three children, is a grandmother, and also enjoys the support of a loving fiancé. Dr. Stokes continues to seek unique opportunities to serve students, staff and administrators as a visionary chief educator leading schools into the changing future.


 Dr. Erick Pruitt Dr. Pruitt

Dr. Erick Pruitt is currently the Deputy Chief of High Schools in the Chicago Public Schools. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a teacher, principal, and district leader while in Chicago. Dr. Pruitt also served as an Area Superintendent in the Houston Independent School District where he was responsible for leading the transformation of the district’s underperforming and underrepresented schools. Dr. Pruitt has extensive experience engaging racially, culturally, and economically diverse communities that has resulted in significantly improved outcomes for students. He is a native of Indianapolis, IN and a proud United State Marine Corps veteran. Dr. Pruitt earned his B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, his M. Ed. from Loyola University Chicago, and his Ed. D. from National Louis University. Dr. Pruitt has been married to his wife, Kenya, a counselor, for 26 years and they are the proud parents of five children.

Community Presentations are scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021. The candidates will share their thoughts and ideas on how they would lead Unit 4. Ms. Gloria Davis from Ray & Associates will host the presentation via Zoom. She will moderate each 30-minute candidate presentation on behalf of the Board of Education. The presentations will be recorded so families and community members unable to participate during the scheduled time can view it later. 

WHAT:            Community Presentations

WHEN:            Thursday, January 14, 2021

Ms Sheila Boozer: 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Yvonne Stokes: 6:40 p.m.

Dr. Erick Pruitt: 7:10 p.m


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 14, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Superintendent Listening Session - Community

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 338834

Or iPhone one-tap :

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Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID: 845 2904 4072

Passcode: 338834

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The Board invites you to offer feedback via a confidential Candidate Impression Form. The link to the form is:

 The Board of Education will also meet via Closed Session on Tuesday, January 19 with each candidate in order to conduct finalist interviews. 

The Board will then hold one final Board Meeting on Thursday, January 21 in order to select a candidate for Superintendent of Unit 4 School District. The Board appreciates the community’s engagement throughout this process and looks forward to a great week ahead!


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