Superintendent's Message

Dear Homer 33C Community,

We have a lot to be proud of in Homer 33C: excellent teachers and staff; rigorous classes that empower students for success in a dynamic world; and supportive parents who value a high quality of education (just to name a few)!

When it comes to living in the Chicagoland area, we have many communities to choose from when selecting our homes. Thank you for making Homer 33C your home We’re glad you did!

Not only are the schools top-notch, offering strong educational programs, but the communities of Homer Glen and Lockport are vibrant, offering a unique blend of a rural settings with the convenience of locally-owned businesses and nationally recognized chain stores. Did you know that the Village of Homer Glen was listed as one of the Safest Cities in Illinois this year by SafeWise? I can’t think of a more ideal environment for families to raise their children!

To celebrate Homer 33C’s tradition of excellence, we’re asking everyone -- from students and staff to alumni and community members -- to tell us why they’re proud to be a member of the Homer 33C family.

It’s all part of our Homer Pride: School, Family, Community campaign for the 2017-2018 school year.

Those who participate will be entered to win fun prizes in a monthly raffle. There are three ways to enter:

  1. Tweet your reasons for being a proud parent, community member, staff member, etc. using the hashtag #33CPride
  2. Look for the colorful “Hashtag for a Chance to Win” promo on the district’s Facebook page and post your comment there
  3. Complete our Google survey here

We’ll share your answers -- and announce our winners -- through our website, newsletters and social media.

So give it some thought and share your Homer Pride! I can’t wait to see how many reasons we can come up with for having #33CPride!

Dr. Kara Coglianese

Office of the Superintendent

Dr. Kara Coglianese


Cindy Patrick

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

Meet the Superintendent

Dr. Kara Coglianese is a transformative leader and communicator who brought her expertise in 21st century learning and fiscal responsibility to Homer 33C in 2014 when she was named Superintendent. She came to 33C from St. George School District 258 in Bourbonnais, IL where she was the Superintendent for three years. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum at Fremont School District 79 (2009-2011), Director of Learning at Wheeling School District 21 (2004-2009) and Curriculum Specialist for Prospect Heights School District 23 (2001-2004). She was a classroom teacher for 15 years teaching first, fourth and fifth grades. In addition, she was an adjunct professor at National Louis University where she taught graduate students in curriculum and instruction pedagogy.

Dr. Coglianese is credited with being a visionary whose financially innovative efforts to streamline operations while increasing efficiencies and maximizing savings has earned her Financial Recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). She has published several works, including her dissertation on “Bridging Cultural Borders” and articles on “Video-based training; How has it changed?” and “Persuasive communication transcends diversity” for Training Today Magazine, a publication produced by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). More recently, Dr. Coglianese wrote an article on “The Ten Do’s for Effective Board Meetings,” which was published by The Illinois School Board Journal.

The innovative school administrator has been a frequent presenter at educational conferences across the country, including the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) Conference in Springfield; the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) Learning Forward National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.; the National Staff Development Council (HSDC) National Conference in Orlando, Fla.; the Professional Development Schools National Conference in Orlando, Fla.; and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children in Chicago. She was described by IASA Field Service Director Gary Ziebilka as “... the strongest presenter that I have ever seen.”

Dr. Coglianese received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from National-Louis University in Lombard, her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis and her Advanced Certification from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She went on to receive her Doctorate in 2011 from Roosevelt University in Schaumburg. She is a student-centered and community focused educator with high expectations for students and staff. She’s also active in the community, serving on the United Way of Will County Board and the Future Ready Student Education Foundation.

Since joining the Homer 33C family, Dr. Coglianese has intensified the District’s efforts to prepare students for the 21st century by introducing a full-day kindergarten program and developing a 1:1 Chromebook initiative, equipping every student (starting in grade 4) with Chromebooks and other learning tools to build their critical thinking skills, expand their communication skills and become independent problem solvers. She is an expert in data-driven results and works hard with teachers and staff to develop technology innovations for engaged learning. Under her leadership, the District installed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) labs at Homer Junior High and Hadley Middle School and began teaching keyboarding to every third grader. It’s all part of the District’s new initiative, Preparing Future Ready Students.

She lives in Frankfort with her husband and children.

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