Mokena 159 hires new school official
Ginger Brashinger Correspondent May 17, 2013 6:02PM
Updated: June 20, 2013 6:33AM
The Mokena School District 159 Board has hired Kathleen Wilkey, 35, as assistant superintendent of instruction.
Wilkey will replace Charles Vitton who has taken a position with Peotone School District 207-U, effective July 1.
Wilkey has been math and science coordinator for the Elmhurst Community Unit School District since 2011 and curriculum coordinator for Morris Community School Districts 54, 60C, and 101 from 2008 to 2011.
Wilkey spent eight years as an administrator and educator from 2000 through ’08 in the Lincoln-Way area, most recently from 2006 to 2008 as an assistant principal at Lincoln-Way East High School.
Wilkey said she left the position for a “great opportunity to … work with two elementary districts and a high school district” as a curriculum coordinator.
She has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington and a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University.
Wilkey is expecting to complete her PhD from Illinois State University in December.
Wilkey said she will work with the new reading program Vitton recently brought to the district for kindergarten through third grades, Houghton, Mifflin, Hartcourt’s JOURNEYS 2014.
Wilkey said she will be looking at the “most effective and efficient programs” in order to be fiscally responsible and is looking forward to working with teachers and doing “what’s best for the kids.”
Six board members approved Wilkey’s employment. Board member Patrick Markham voted “present,” saying after the meeting that he felt Wilkey’s salary of $103,000 was too high for a candidate with no prior experience as a superintendent.
Wilkey lives in Manhattan with her husband, Rich, and three children: Kaleb, 7; Kaitlyn, 5, and Jonathan, 3.
Wilkey said she is glad to be working again in the Lincoln-Way area.
“I really, truly loved the community and the schools when I worked in the Lincoln-Way area,” Wilkey said. “What a great opportunity to come back. It’s a great community.”