• PhD, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - Loyola University; Chicago, IL
  • MS, Educational Administration - Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, IL
  • BA, Elementary Education - Knox College; Galesburg, IL

Academic and Professional Highlights

Awards and Honors

  • Superintendent of Distinction - IASA Cook County Region (2017-2018)
  • National Blue Ribbon Principal (1997)

Prior Positions

Prior to accepting a position at Concordia-Chicago, Schlichting was a school superintendent for 13 years. Before becoming a superintendent, she worked as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher.


  • Systematic Improvement 
  • Organizational Change
  • Instructional Leadership


  • “Teacher Agency: Building a Culture for Professional Learning,” National Learning Forward Conference, Orlando Florida, 2017.

  • “Ensuring a Return on your Strategic Plan Investment,” Illinois Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, 2017.

  • “Closing Achievement Gaps: Aligning Data to Culture to Action,” National Education Quality Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 2014.

  • “How does the School Board Work in Ways that Build Trusting Relationships around High Expectations for Accountability, Reform, and Continuously Improving Results?,” Great Lakes TURN Labor-Management Conference, Lisle, 2014.

  • “Creating a School/district Culture that Embraces the Use of Data for Decision Making at All Levels,” Illinois Joint Annual Conference, Chicago, 2010.

  • “The Passion of Teaching,” ASCD National Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2002.