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New Executive Director for Special Services

Dear Families -


I am pleased to introduce Dr. Romy DeCristofaro as the new Executive Director of Special Services for District 65. Dr. DeCristofaro will lead our special services and special education programs following my retirement from District 65 in early July.


Dr. Romy is an experienced special educator and special education administrator. She comes to District 65 from Wilmette District 39, where she currently serves as the Administrator for Student Services and directs District 39’s special education programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago and masters degrees in both Educational Leadership and in Special Education Advanced Practices from Northern Illinois University. She brings an exciting new perspective and experience to our Special Services team and to the District 65 leadership. I am confident you will enjoy working with her and that our programs will continue to improve under her direction.

It has been an honor to serve the District 65 special education community. I began in District 65 as a social worker at Nichols Middle School in 1979. I have worked in nearly every school in the district and have had the privilege of knowing and working with many District 65 families and many outstanding educators and support personnel. Across the years, the support of the Evanston/Skokie community for the highest quality services for our students with special needs has been unwavering. Our special education community is a big part of what makes District 65 a unique and special district, and what has made my time with District 65 so rewarding.

Thank you for your ongoing support of District 65 special education.



Joyce Bartz

Assistant Superintendent for Special Services