Friday, November 9, 2018

Winnetka District 36 administrative professional wins Holly Jack award

Linda Wehrheim
Linda Wehrheim, the executive assistant to the superintendent and board secretary of Winnetka Public School District 36, has been chosen the winner of the tenth annual award for school district secretaries.

Wehrheim was chosen to receive the 2018 service award by a selection committee of previous Holly Jack winners, and Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials past presidents, and retired administrative professionals. She will be honored Friday, November 16, at the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago as part of the Administrative Professionals Program.

Nominations were made by district superintendents and school board presidents. The judges considered the following criteria: performance, initiative, innovation, staff development, self-improvement, passion for public education, and dedication to the district and community. Letters of support were also accepted.

The award honors the memory of Holly Jack, a long-time employee of the Illinois Association of School Boards, who served as an IASB field services administrative assistant and was instrumental in promoting and developing professional development programs for board secretaries. The award not only honors Holly Jack’s contribution and memory, it also recognizes the dedication and extraordinary work contributions of secretaries administrative professionals who serve and assist their local boards of education.

Wehrheim has served as Executive executive Assistant assistant to thefor Winnetka SD 36 superintendent and board since 2009, winning praise for her enthusiasm, dedication, and competence: “In all of my years in education, Ms. Wehrheim stands out as one of the most hard-working, professional, and conscientious co-workers I have ever met,” said Assistant Superintendent Daniel P. Ryan.

“While her work is exemplary, it is Wehrheim’s generous spirit and deep commitment to what is best for children that makes her stand out even more,” Ryan added. “Our administrative team constantly engages in discourse around curriculum and other areas to best serve our students…. [and] Ms. Wehrheim is a full participant…her perspectives help the administrative team with our decision-making process,” Ryan wrote.

Trish Kocanda, superintendent of Winnetka 36, called Wehrheim “a life-long learner.” Kocanda added: “She is continually trying to improve her skill set and is an effective systems thinker. She is immersed in coursework in human relations at a local university…and generously shares her knowledge and resources to enhance district outcomes.”

Praising her dedication, Kocanda also praised Wehrheim’s passion for the district, evident in her strong advocacy: “The district’s mission and vision drive her remarkable work ethic,” Kocanda said. “She knows the power of each interaction with families, staff, and board members. She has helped families who were in the midst of tumultuous situations … [and] above all else, Linda knows that every decision that is made by the superintendent and board needs to be grounded in what is best for the students served in the district’s schools.”