Dr. Jean Barbanente TC ’17, T75 ’17, an alumna of Concordia-Chicago’s administrative and superintendent licensure program, has been named superintendent of District 88 in Addison, IL, making her the first female and the first multilingual superintendent of that district, where nearly 50% of students speak a language other than English at home. Barbanente, who speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, has been serving as interim superintendent, and will officially assume the role of superintendent on July 1.
Barbanente joined District 88 in 1995 as a member of the World Language Department at Addison Trail High School, where she taught Italian and Spanish. In 2002, she transitioned to her first leadership role in District 88 as she took on the position of director of guidance at Addison Trail. In 2006, she was named director of learning services and was later appointed as assistant superintendent and has since provided leadership in the areas of teaching, learning, human resources, compliance, equity, special education and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS).
“I am honored to serve as the next superintendent of District 88 and to collaborate with all of our partners to accomplish our mission of working for the continuous improvement of student achievement,” says Barbanente. “I look forward to working together to enhance the services, programs, supports and initiatives at District 88 to provide a comprehensive learning environment that builds futures for our students.”
Barbanente received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis on teaching Italian and Spanish from Dominican University (Rosary College) and her Master of Arts in education in curriculum and instruction with ESL and bilingual concentration from National Louis University. After completing the administrative and superintendent licensure program at Concordia University Chicago, she earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Aurora University, concentrating her research efforts in leadership for equity. She and her husband, Anthony, have two college-aged children and two dogs. Barbanente and her family enjoy traveling and participating in international missions and youth trips.