Dr. Kathleen Horvath is assistant superintendent at Northbrook School District 28 in Northbrook, Illinois, a position she has held since 2002. Over the last few years, a focus for her has been to work with districtwide teachers to design a comprehensive literacy instructional model from kindergarten to eighth grade. Through her leadership and guidance, many staff members have emerged as teacher leaders. As a result, student achievement in literacy has consistently increased. Previously, Dr. Horvath was a special education teacher at Diekman School in Dolton. As a result of her encouragement and innovative teaching strategies, many of her students with severe learning and behavioral problems were able to return to mainstream classrooms. Dr. Horvath inspired students to work collaboratively, and many of them became mentors and tutors, as well as leaders in schoolwide events. Dr. Horvath also planned various districtwide programs, obtained grants for service learning projects and nurtured parent confidence and participation. For two years, she was one of six Illinois educators chosen to serve as a field advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. In this capacity, she participated in planning state initiatives and worked with low-performing schools. She also served for three years as director of school improvement in Dolton.
1976 Illinois State University, B.A.