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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,


I am excited to share that the Skokie 68 Board of Education has approved the creation of a new position, Coordinator of Family Services and Engagement. One of the desired outcomes from the District 68 2018-2022 Strategic Plan was to strengthen school, community, and family connections by focusing on family engagement. Through the stakeholder discussions that occurred during strategic planning, the idea of creating a position whose focus was family engagement and support generated a consensus of enthusiasm. This addition will help District 68 by working to address three of our strategic plan goal areas: Focus on Whole Child; Cultural Responsiveness, Equity, and Inclusion; and Communication and Engagement.


I am even more excited to announce that we have identified the ideal candidate for this new position and that she is a familiar face in District 68. At the October 17, 2019, Board meeting, our School Board approved the hiring of Diana Juarez, current Director of the ELL Parent Center, to fill the position. Ms. Juarez has been the Director of the ELL Parent Center for the last 6.5 years.


Ms. Juarez earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's Degree in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University. Prior to her work at the ELL Parent Resource Center she worked as an Outreach Coordinator for the Latino Resource Center at Chicago State University for seven years. Throughout Ms. Juarez' professional career she has made it her mission to help families help their children to be successful. Ms. Juarez has also serves on the Board of Directors for Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie. The knowledge and experiences that Ms. Juarez has gained while working with parents in the Skokie community, along with her warmth and compassion for families, make her the perfect fit for this new role. Ms. Juarez is slated to start in her new role after the first of the year allowing her time to work with her successor at the ELL Parent Center.


Please join me in welcoming Diana Juarez to the Skokie School District 68 Team!


Sincerely,

James E. Garwood, Ed.D.

Contact Information

Diana Juarez
Family Services and
Engagement Coordinator
847-568-7617