Deborah Lubek was approved by the D90 board of education on March 15 to become the district’s new director of student services, with a three-year contract and annual salary of $139,048 plus contributions to the Teachers’ Retirement System. 

A press release on March 15 announced the hiring of Lubek, who will begin on July 1. Lubek will replace Denise Matthews, who is resigning as the current director of special education. The positions of director of student services and director of special education are essentially the same but with a different title, said the district.

Lubek currently services as director of special education for Pleasantdale District 107 in Burr Ridge.

Various stakeholder groups were involved in the search and interview process, including faculty, staff, administration, parents and board of education members. D90 Superintendent Ed Condom called the search for Lubeck “extensive.”

“There are several reasons behind Ms. Lubeck’s selection, including her thorough understanding of federal and state regulations concerning compliance matters and her strong knowledge about special education programming, services, and supports,” Condon said. “She is also well-versed in implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to ensure that all students’ needs are met and addressed in a targeted, data-based manner.”

He also mentioned her experience with school administration and “commitment to equity, inclusion, and professional growth for faculty” as what made her stand out among other candidates.

In addition to her current position in Burr Ridge, Lubek is also an adjunct instructor at Concordia University and National Louis University.

She holds two masters’ degrees from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in Special Education with a Type 10 Learning Behavioral Specialist endorsement and in Curriculum Leadership. She received a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College.

“I look forward to working with the students, families, and faculty in District 90,” said Lubeck. “It is quite clear that there is such a strong fit between District 90’s philosophy and my views about the importance of inclusion and equity for all students. I am eager to get started and begin working with families and the faculty to address students’ needs and serve the River Forest community.”

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