Director of Special Education

Ms. Ms. Renée J. Erickson

Phone: 847-755-6835

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Ms. Renée J. Erickson

Director of Special Education Renée Erickson coordinates the placement of students with a disability in appropriate educational facilities, develops criteria for special education placement decisions, and oversees placement policies and procedures for the district. She provides leadership in developing and evaluating programs and services for the education of students with a disability, as well as communicates information regarding special education programs and services to District faculty and staff. Ms. Erickson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University in 2002. She received her master’s degree in teaching and leadership from Saint Xavier University in 2007.  Ms. Erickson is currently pursuing her doctorate in teaching and learning, through Illinois State University.  Ms. Erickson began her District 211 career as the assistant director of special education in 2009 and was named as the director of special education in 2014.  Prior to working in District 211, Ms. Erickson served as the assistant director of special education for Consolidated School District 158, and as a special education teacher in Consolidated School District 158 and Cary Community Consolidated School District 26.

Assistant Director of Special Education

Dr. Mary Pat Krones

Phone: 847-755-6639

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Mary Pat Krones

Mary Pat Krones was named assistant director of special education in August 2009.  Dr. Krones earned her doctorate of education in teaching and learning from Illinois State University in 2016.  She earned a master’s degree in psychology, a specialist in school psychology degree, from Eastern Illinois University, and a second master’s degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.  Dr. Krones received her bachelor’s degree in special education from Eastern Illinois University. Prior to coming to High School District 211, she was a program supervisor for the North Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) in Highland Park, a position she held since July, 2001. Previously, Dr. Krones served as a school psychologist and intervention specialist for NSSED, and prior to that, she was a school psychologist for Waukegan School District 60 for four years.

Ms. Kara B. Prusko

Phone: 847-755-6637

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Kara B. Prusko

Assistant Director of Special Education Kara Prusko received her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Illinois State University, and she has master’s degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. Mrs. Prusko was named Assistant Director of Special Education in July 2014. Mrs. Prusko came to Township High School District 211 from Schaumburg School District 54, where she was principal of Eisenhower Junior High School since 2011. Previously, Mrs. Prusko served as both a special education teacher and general education teacher for 13 years in Schaumburg School District 54.