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Dr. Kathleen Horvath

Dr. Kathleen Horvath (IL '92)


At the time of the Award, Dr. Kathleen Horvath was:

Diekman Elementary School
Dolton, IL

Subject(s) taught: Special Education
Grade(s): 3, 4, 5

Biographical Information

Dr. Kathleen Horvath retired as the assistant superintendent at Northbrook School District 28 in Northbrook, Illinois, a position she held since 2002. Over the years, she focused on working with districtwide teachers to design a comprehensive literacy instructional model from kindergarten to eighth grade. Through her leadership and guidance, many staff members 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.

Related Connections

Milestone: Kathy Horvath Joins Illinois State Hall of Fame

Additional Information


1976 Loyola University, Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies; National Louis University, M.Ed.; Illinois State University, B.A.

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