Dr. Scott Estes, Associate Superintendent
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My relationship with East Peoria Elementary District 86 began in 1973 when I walked through the doors of Woodrow Wilson Grade School as a Kindergarten student. Since that time, District 86 has played a significant role in who I am as an individual and as a professional. I attended Woodrow Wilson through the sixth grade, went on to Central Junior High School for seventh and eighth grade, and graduated from East Peoria Community High School. It was always my intention to pursue a career in education having been inspired by my fifth grade teacher, Ms. Marcia Brandt, who has become my life-long mentor and friend.
After starting my college experience at Illinois Central College, I graduated from Bradley University in 1991 with a bachelors degree in elementary education. My graduation from college brought me back to District 86 where I taught third grade at Woodrow Wilson School, sixth grade social studies at Central Junior High School, and eighth grade history and reading at CJHS over the next nine years. After completing my masters degree in educational administration at Illinois State University in 2000, I became the principal of Glendale School for the next decade until the Board of Education hired me in 2010 as the district's associate superintendent. In May of 2012 I completed my Ed. Specialist degree at Eastern Illinois University and earned superintendent certification, and I completed my Doctorate in Education at Aurora University in the spring of 2016. I have always felt that if I was to focus my life on students' learning then I, also, need to be a learner.
My primary role in District 86 is to support the work of the Superintendent. While involved in a variety of initiatives in the district, my main responsibilities center around curriculum, instructional practices, professional development, human resources, assessment, and communications. I have served as the district's Title I Director since 2003 and in recent years began working with the Title II grant as well. The privilege to speak in front of audiences of educators often comes my way, and my presentations are focused on topics such as performance tasks, inquiry-based learning, visual literacy, primary source materials and text complexity, learning standards, writing, and other important subjects associated with teaching and learning. Teachers fascinate me, and I enjoy working with them to and provide support where needed.
I also work at times as an adjunct professor for Aurora University and Bradley University teaching graduate-level classes in leadership and curriculum and instruction. Currently, I serve on the advisory board for the Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center which works to protect and support children who have experienced violence and abuse. I am also a board member for IL ASCD (Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) serving as a co-chair of Memberships and Partnerships as well as a member of the Clinical Committee Advisory Board for Bradley University's Department of Teacher Education. I hold membership in ASCD (the national organization associated with IL ASCD) as well as the Illinois Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association of Title I Directors .
My wife, Danielle, was a third grade teacher in District 86, and we met while both working at Glendale School. We are blessed with a wonderful home and four beautiful children ages thirteen through six. We are very close to our immediate and extended family with whom we spend a great deal of time. Our home tends to be a gathering place for our family, and my wife and I love to host.
With a serious hunger for history, I travel annually with my history-teacher brother-in-law and a few of my closest friends on an annual "History Nerd Trip," visiting historical and governmental sites across the country. Reading about history is a favorite pastime, and my personal library is extensive. Most importantly to us, my family and I are active in our church where I serve as an adult Sunday School teacher as well as other areas as needed.
Growing up in a family who listened to and played classic country and bluegrass, I play several instruments and enjoy sitting with family and friends "trading songs." My children have now picked up that tradition and are starting down the road of music lessons along with various other academic and sports activities, which with four children keep us very, very busy. My family and I love to travel all over the country on trips large and small. My children are avid learners, and they love to experience new and exciting things. Our house is filled with books, books, and more books related to our interests from science to history to baking and art not to mention lots and lots of children's fiction.
East Peoria Elementary District 86 is truly a wonderful place to work and serve, and I have been blessed to enjoy very positive relationships with students, staff, and families. Our teaching staff is terrific, and we are so fortunate in the East Peoria community to have our kids sitting with these learned individuals. It is my hope that the children in District 86 today receive the same quality of educational excellence that I received as a student in this district. It is a privilege to serve here!