Dr. Matthew Barbini

Dr. Matthew Barbini (School district / March 9, 2014)

Dr. Matthew Barbini begins his new role as deputy superintendent of schools for Palatine's Community Consolidated School District 15 at the end of May.

The Buffalo Grove resident has been assistant superintendent of student services in North Shore School District 112 since 2007. Before that, he was the director of special education for Valley View School District 365-U.

"I am so thankful for the wonderful opportunity to work in District 15," Barbini said.

Barbini also taught resource classes at Downers Grove South High School and in Warren Township High School to students who are in need of assistance in various areas.

"Dr. Barbini brings a wealth of experience in similar districts and a successful track record of making a difference for students," Supterintendent Scott Thompson, said in an email. "He grew up in the area and has an appreciation for the people in the communities we serve.

"He is highly motivated, works well with others to accomplish goals, brings a breadth of experience working with student populations like ours, and he has earned the respect of those with whom he has worked. I am confident he will have the same success in our district," Thompson said.

Barbini said he believes that parent involvement is very important to a student's success and he believes school districts have the obligation to communicate their initiatives and challenges to community members.

In his current position, Barbini is highly involved in school safety planning and he will take on a similar role with District 15. He also will help explore the possibility of extending the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program to the elementary schools. The middle schools now have STEM labs.

Barbini said since his experience has spanned both smaller and larger school districts, he is ready to help lead the third largest elementary school district in the state. And Thompson reiterated the mission.

"The biggest project will be learning about the district, making connections with the people, and carrying on our emphasis of instructional technology," Thompson said.

Barbini will replace Dr. Jim Garwood, who has worked in the district for 14 years, the last three as deputy superintendent. Garwood is moving to Skokie School District 68 to be superintendent.

"I do know that I have big shoes to fill," said Barbini, about Garwood. "He's a highly effective leader."

Barbini, who grew up in Hoffman Estates, attended Harper College in Palatine. He has a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in special education from Illinois State University, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in administration from Northern Illinois University and earned his doctorate in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.

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