Rodríguez Officially Takes Helm at D209 with ‘One Proviso’ Tour

Rodriguez_no_name-3801.JPGThursday, July 14, 2016 || Originally Published By PROVISO TOWNSHIP D209 || 7/7/16

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officially welcomed Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez as its superintendent this week.

“I am excited and honored to be the superintendent for District 209,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “The staff and community have been very welcoming, and I look forward to working with them in creating fruitful and successful learning opportunities for our students.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he wants to spend much of his first year learning more about Proviso High Schools and its students, teachers, and staff as well as the community. He outlined his plans, which can be found on the District 209 website

“Our collective plan will build on the strengths of PTHS 209 and identify the most powerful strategies for addressing our challenges as opportunities while addressing the significant achievement gaps directly with perseverance and firmness,” he said. “It is critical that we learn as much as possible quickly, assessing data to determine what is and is not working in our school district.”

Dr. Rodríguez brings more than 19 years of leadership experience to Proviso Township High Schools. He began his career teaching Spanish at the high school level in Milwaukee. He later served as a middle school assistant principal and received a promotion to acting principal in an elementary school, leading to his first principal position in Milwaukee. Dr. Rodríguez served a campus that was centered on middle and high school instruction with a professional development component and instructional resources for teachers in the Milwaukee Public Schools. After a successful career as a school principal, he became the Vice President for Education for La Causa, Inc., a non-profit offering multi-faceted community and educational services, where he was responsible for administrative functions relative to education.

In July 2011, Dr. Rodríguez became the Regional Director of School Support for the Southwest Region with the Milwaukee Public Schools. His main function was to ensure effective operations for more than 32 schools with approximately 20,000 students. Upon successful performance as a Regional Director of School Support, the Milwaukee Public Schools promoted Dr. Rodríguez to Regional Superintendent for the Southwest Region, a position in which he served until he assumed the superintendent role at District 209.

Dr. Rodríguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and Spanish, with a minor in secondary education from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also has a Master of Science in educational leadership from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on leadership, learning, research, and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Superintendent Tours ‘One Proviso’


An aim of Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, during his first days on the job is work toward a united Proviso.

Dr. Rodríguez, along with members of the district’s administration, visited Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School on July 11. During their visit, they learned more about the summer school program currently ongoing along with various aspects of the schools’ programs and facilities.

Making the visits with Dr. Rodríguez were Dr. Diane Deckert, district director of assessment and planning; Mr. Todd Drafall, district chief financial officer and business manager; Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy; Ms. Vanessa Schmitt, district director of special education; Dr. Jeremy Burnham, district English Language Learners coordinator; Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, district chair of guidance; Dr. Tracy Lett, district chair of career and technical education, and Mr. Rob Daniel, district community and public relations coordinator.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he wanted to deepen that the district’s leadership team’s familiarity with the entire district and continue preparations for the upcoming school year.

“We’re one team, one Proviso,” he said.

For more photos of the tours, please click here. VFP

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