District 123 Board approves new Director of Special Education

District 123 Board approves new Director of Special Education

At the Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 Board of Education meeting on February 28, 2022 the Board of Education approved Mrs. Sheleah Blissett as the new Director of Special Education. After 9 years with District 123 Mrs. Cynthia Riha will be retiring this July.

Mrs. Blissett began her career in education 23 years ago, earning her Bachelor’ degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Chicago State University, and is double endorsed in educational administration and as a Director of Special Education.

Mrs. Blissett has been a Director of Special Education for the past 10 years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge as it relates to all aspects of special education, teaching, learning, and educational leadership. She is a mother of two children, and has been married for 20 years. Although being an educator is her passion, her family is by far her greatest accomplishment.

“My belief system is that all students can and will learn when given the exposure to effective and creative instruction. I believe that all education should be individualized to the maximum extent possible. My mission professionally is to do whatever it takes to ensure that the educational experience for all students is positive and that they have the tools they need to be successful members of society. I am truly excited to have the opportunity to serve the students, families, community, and staff members of Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123.” – Mrs. Sheleah Blissett, Incoming Director of Special Education

Mrs. Blissett is looking forward to spending time this spring learning more about our school district and participating in a number of transitional meetings with families and staff. She will officially begin her position with District 123 on July 1, 2022.

“We are very excited to have Mrs. Blissett join our District 123 team. We believe that she is an exceptional educational leader who will add value to our growing District 123 culture of success. She has experience at building positive relationships, is a strong communicator, and a true advocate for children with disabilities and their families.” – Paul Enderle, Superintendent

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