After starting the school year under the direction of a new superintendent and approving the hiring of a new principal to begin next year, one could say Komarek School District 94 is embarking on an era of totally new leadership.
At the district’s regular school board meeting on Dec. 8, the board formally approved the hiring of Jason Gold as the district’s new principal for the 2016-2017 school year. Tom Criscione, who has served as principal since 2004, will be retiring from his post following the end of the current school year.
Gold, 33, will kick off Komarek’s new generation of leadership bringing 10 years of various educational experiences with him. He began his career in 2005 as a math teacher for Cary School District 26. Four years later, he joined Oak Park School District 97 as a gifted and talented/differentiation coordinator, where after a year he was promoted to serve as an assistant principal. Since 2014 Gold has served Lyons District 103 as coordinator of ELA and math initiatives as well as teacher/principal of retention and development.
Gold holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago and is currently working towards his doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Aurora University.
According to Komarek Superintendent Brian Ganan, the district held a lengthy application process for the principal position, eventually screening 15 candidates and narrowing the pool down to six.
Ganan says the district decided to make an offer to Gold because of his diverse work background and genuine desire to work with the Komarek community.
“Jason’s experiences really matched up with what we were looking for,” Ganan said. “He has experience both at the district level and building level. He is very familiar with a lot of the initiatives that we are working on right now. He exudes a positive energy and got along well with the interview committee.”
Gold is looking forward to coming to Komarek and says he is leaving his current position satisfied with his accomplishments and great strides with his educational team.
“It was always a goal of mine to be a principal and this is a great opportunity,” Gold said. “I’m very proud of all the teachers who I worked with in striving to make Lyons 103 the best place for our children. I’ve learned a lot curricular wise. It’s been absolutely wonderful.”
Gold will begin in his new role at Komarek in early July. Ganan says he looks forward to working alongside a young, accomplished educator.
“We’re super excited to bring him on board,” said Ganan.