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District 65 Welcomes New Members to its Leadership Team

On Monday, September 24, 2018, the District 65 School Board approved the appointment of Kylie Klein, as Director of Research, Accountability, and Data; and Joaquin Stephenson as the new Director of Equity and Family Community Engagement. Both appointments were recommended by Superintendent Paul Goren to fill recent vacancies on the administrative team.


“I am thrilled to welcome Kylie and Joaquin to our team and look forward to working closely with both of them. They are talented and capable leaders who will oversee important functions across our district,” said Superintendent Goren. “Kylie has extensive experience working on research, data analysis, and accountability, including focused efforts on special education. Joaquin comes to us from District 219 and is a tireless advocate for racial and educational equity. He has a keen ability to connect and empower families and caregivers from all walks of life and will take over engagement efforts on behalf of our school district.”


As the Director of Research, Accountability, and Data, Ms. Klein will lead a team towards ensuring the accuracy of student information and records, administration of student registration and limited school choice processes, coordination of state and districtwide assessment, management of public and mandated reporting of student data, and analyzing student data for school and district leaders.


Ms. Klein is an experienced leader with over 15 years of research and data management know-how. She most recently served as the Director of Research Operations for the Consortium on School Research at the University of Chicago where she was responsible for leading strategic planning, goal setting, fostering culture, and guiding research to improve student outcomes. Prior to this, she held the roles of Research Manager for the Office of Accountability and as Manager of Access and Opportunities for the Office of Special Education and Supports, both in Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Klein also served as a classroom teacher early in her career. She has a Masters of Education Administration from Dominican University and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.


As the Director of Equity and Family Community Engagement, Mr. Stephenson will work towards fostering equitable learning environments and opportunities for all students, especially students of color and designing and managing programs to engage families at both the school and district levels. He will collaborate with D65 staff members and community partners to support and increase family engagement efforts and will oversee diversity training efforts in the district, including Beyond Diversity and SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and DIversity).


Mr. Stephenson most recently served as the Director of Physical Welfare in Niles Township District 219 and prior to that as a Dean of Students and a Physical Education, Health, and Dance teacher. He holds a Masters of Arts in School Leadership degree from Concordia University and is pursuing a doctoral degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University in Chicago. He is proficient in Spanish, a trained Beyond Diversity and SEED facilitator, and an Equity Transformation Consultant.


Ms. Klein and Mr. Stephenson will join the District 65 team in their new roles this October. Both positions report to the Superintendent of Schools.