New State Superintendent Takes Over

Jun 1, 2015
Illinois State Board of Education

Tony Smith became the state superintend of education last month. Before coming to Illinois, Smith, who was hired by the State Board of Education, worked as a school administrator in his home state of California. He was superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. He also served as deputy superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District and superintendent of the Emery Unified School District. Most recently, he was executive director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which annually awards more than $5 million in education and child development grants.

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It took about a year - but Springfield has officially found a replacement for its previous district 186 superintendent. Jennifer Gill will take over the role on May 1st. She's been a teacher and administrator in the district. She'll be leaving her current role as the director of teaching and learning for the McLean County Unit 5 School District. This interview begins with Gill reflecting on how she became a third-generation educator: