New Waverly Superintendent Has 100 Day Action Plan

The Waverly School District is under new management after former Superintendent Dustin Day resigned to a new position.

Andrea Guerrero enters the role after spending the last two years as a social studies professor at Washington Middle School in Springfield, although she has over a decade of experience in administrative roles.

“I didn’t have a traditional course, Guerrero said. “I first left K-12 due to burnout. I then moved to the system (at the University of Illinois), working with the Illinois Online Network as a director.

Guerrero has also held positions as an English teacher, social science teacher, principal, and dean of students.

“As I was away from K-12, I realized I wanted to go back there, but I had to do it differently,” Guerrero said. “I decided I had to go back to my ‘why’ of being an educator. I have deliberately decided to go back to class in a grade 1 college. ”

Guerrero will now work to help improve the Waverly District after taking office on July 1.

“As I started my job, I realized that I really missed the connection with students, families and faculty,” she said. “After the second year of teaching, I decided that I had the opportunity to apply for administrative positions in order to maximize my talents, education and training.”

Although she is not from Waverly, Guerrero believes she will be able to relate to the community.

“The community itself attracted me to the position of Superintendent… Once I began to explore the option of applying for the position of Superintendent, I began to share my professional experiences and my own experience as a Superintendent. growing up and attending school in a rural community, and felt that I could truly be a positive leader for Waverly CUSD.

Guerrero received his BA in English from Western Illinois University in 1996, MA in History in 1997, MA in Educational Administration from Illinois State University in 2004, Specialization in Education in Educational Leadership from the WIU in 2011 and a doctorate in higher education. studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017.

One of the first things she would like to do in her role is improve communication, she said.

“During my years in higher education and in K-12 education, I understand the importance of communicating too much for people to be informed.” Guerrero said. “Also work to develop a relationship with the Board of Education. ”

Guerrero has posted a plan for her first 100 days as superintendent which can be viewed on the district’s website.

For Guerrero, one of the biggest challenges will be the changes coming due to the pandemic and its impact on schools and the community.

“Not only are we trying to move our school system forward, but we must always be prepared for this pandemic world we live in,” Guerrero said. “As a system, we need to realize that the education model of a year and a half ago no longer exists because new options and innovation have driven us forward last year. As we now have time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t, we are able to create a new model system that works for our community.

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