Two District 214 Administrators in New Roles for the 2021-2022 School Year

  • Published August 9, 2021

    Keir Rogers, the current principal of the Specialized Schools, has been announced as the new principal of John Hersey High School effective immediately via an administrative reassignment. Valerie Norris, Assistant Principal for Students Services at Elk Grove High School, is being appointed as the new principal of the Specialized Schools. It is anticipated that the Board of Education will approve the appointment at this Thursday’s meeting. The unexpected moves come after Hersey Principal Gordon Sisson announced he will be taking a medical leave. Superintendent David R. Schuler, Ph.D. said, “I greatly value Gordie’s leadership these past nine years and wish him the absolute best going forward.”

    Rogers joined District 214 last year after serving as principal of River Trails Middle School in Mount Prospect, District 26, since 2008. Earlier in his career, he served as a principal at various schools across northern Illinois. Rogers started his career as assistant principal at Auburn High School in Rockford. He has a master’s of education degree in administration and supervision and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University in Chicago. 

    Norris served as Assistant Principal for Student Services at Elk Grove High School for 15 years and has been at the school since 1999. She began her career as a counselor in Miami, Florida before working as a school counselor at Huntley High School. Norris holds degrees in education and counselor education from DePaul University and Florida International University. She additionally holds certifications in administration as well as special education.

    Schuler continued, “I know that these leaders are well equipped for the tasks ahead and will ensure a smooth transition. Gordie has provided a high level of leadership for the John Hersey community, and Keir has demonstrated a talent for innovation in his time at the Specialized Schools. Keir and Val will continue these positive trends for students and staff in their new assignments.”