District 107 Names New Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Jennifer Ban, Ed.D., principal of John V. Leigh Elementary School and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Norridge School District 80, will join Pleasantdale School District 107’s administrative team as the new assistant superintendent of teaching and learning. Ban’s appointment was approved at the March 15 Board of Education meeting and she will begin her new role July 1. Ban was selected from over 45 candidates who applied for the position. Superintendent Dave Palzet believes Ban’s background in curriculum implementation, supporting student and teacher growth, and her expertise as an educational leader made her the top choice.
“Dr. Ban brings experience at both the building and district level and has proven herself as a top educational leader,” said Palzet. “Her practical experience and formal training make her the perfect fit for our next assistant superintendent. Dr. Ban is just the type of leader that will help us make the goals in our new Strategic Blueprint a reality. I am excited to work with her and know that she will help move our district from great to greater.”
Ban has spent five years at Norridge School District 80, first serving as the principal and then taking on the dual role of principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction this past school year. In this role, Ban facilitates the Curriculum Review Cycle Committee, oversees all content area curriculum committees and trains content facilitators in the district, implements a 1:1 instructional technology program using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education in grades 3-8, coordinates professional development at both the school and district level, writes and oversees administration of the Title I, Title IIA, CTEI, and ELL grants, analyzes student assessment data at both the school and district level, and works with Ridgewood High School on articulation that focuses on the transition from eighth grade to freshman year. She works collaboratively with the Leigh School PTA and organized partnerships with the Eisenhower Library Book Bike, Girls on the Run and Court of Dreams with the Chicago Bulls. Ban is also a volunteer and site supervisor for Girls on the Run.
Ban began her foray into administration in 2006 as the 6-8 assistant principal at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville School District 2 and she was promoted to the associate principal position for the 2007-08 school year. She was charged with supervising the Literacy Department, evaluating staff, monitoring student attendance and maintaining discipline, overseeing the ELL Program, facilitating the Professional Development Committee, and coordinating the Saturday Enrichment Program. The school was honored with the Illinois Honor Roll Academic Improvement Award for 2006 and 2007 during her tenure. Ban was promoted again in Bensenville School District 2 and in 2008 she became the K-5 principal of W.A. Johnson Elementary School. In her four years as the instructional leader of Johnson, Ban created a positive school climate that focused on student outcomes and 21st Century learning skills, she spearheaded the implementation of balanced literacy practices (including a full-day kindergarten program) and she led the Comprehensive School Committee comprised of parents, staff and community members.
Beginning in 2002, Ban served four years as a language arts/literature teacher at Highland Middle School in Libertyville District 70 and also spent time as a District Language Arts Curriculum Committee member and new teacher mentor. Ban also served as the supervisor of the school’s newspaper for three years. She launched her career in 1999 as a middle school language arts teacher at Bellevue School District in Nebraska.
A graduate of Drake University in Iowa with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, Ban also holds a master’s degree in teacher leadership from Roosevelt University in Schaumburg. Ban earned her educational doctorate from Roosevelt University in Schaumburg.
Ban is a member of local, state, and national associations including the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Illinois Title I Directors Association, as well as a Board member-at-large for the West Cook IPA. She was also named the West Cook IPA Elementary Principal of the Year in 2015.
“Being selected as the next assistant superintendent of teaching and learning in Pleasantdale School District 107 is truly an honor,” said Ban. “I am excited to join the administrative team and to work in collaboration with our teachers on advancing the district towards the goals laid out in the new Strategic Blueprint. We will focus on creating engaging 21st century learning environments, ensuring that all students have access to high-quality curriculum that prepares them for their future endeavors, and providing all staff with diverse professional development offerings that support their own learning.”
Ban currently resides in Oak Park.