McHENRY – A McHenry school district leader was named Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association for the Kishwaukee region. District 15 Superintendent Alan Hoffman received the award at Tuesday’s school board meeting.
Hoffman, who has spent nine years as District 15 superintendent, said the award is a testament to the hard work of everyone in the district.
“I’m proud of our whole entire school district,” Hoffman said. “It’s not one person that does these things, it’s all of us working together. We have a tremendously talented staff, a supportive school board, and a supportive community and parents.”
This year District 15 has been recognized on the national and state level for its innovative staff-development initiatives, and it received an award from the Center for College and Career Readiness for its efforts with the Common Core, Illinois’ new learning standards.
“We’re really looking at how to provide staff development for our teachers that’s going to improve instruction in the classroom,” Hoffman said. “That’s really what it’s about – helping your staff improve and grow, and being really on the cutting edge of instruction in the classroom.”
District 15 this year also earned a certificate of financial recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. Hoffman said being good stewards of community resources is a top priority.
“We’ve kept our eye on quality education, but we’ve also kept our eye on being fiscally conservative as a school district,” he said. “It’s something that we’re proud of.”
District 15 board Vice President Kim Qualls said Hoffman “embodies a mix of personal humility and professional will” and “values and respects every member of the team.”
Hoffman said it was important to develop a “climate of collaboration,” where teachers and students could come together and feel like one big family.
“If you walk into any of our buildings here, you’ll see outstanding things happening,” he said. “You’ll see artwork in the hallways. You’ll see kids laughing. You’ll see kids learning. They’re using technology in innovative ways. Teachers are doing all kinds of cutting-edge things in the classroom. It’s just a wonderful place to work. It’s the best place I’ve ever worked.”