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BOE Approves Denise K. Hildebrand, PhD, as Executive Director of Special Education with Retirement of Jennifer Volpe

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Board of Education Approves Denise K. Hildebrand, PhD, as Executive Director of Special Education with Retirement of Jennifer Volpe


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Oswego, Ill. (February 24, 2020) — Oswego Community Unit School District 308 Board of Education has approved Dr. Denise K. Hildebrand, PhD, as the Executive Director of Special Education for the 2020-21 school year in replacement for Jennifer Volpe, who is retiring effective June 28, 2020.


Dr. Hildebrand has been serving as Director of Special Education at SD 308 since July of 2019. In her role, she manages and coordinates educational programing for several special education student programs (EC to High School). She supervises the Assistive Technology Department, Related Services Department, develops Professional Learning Plans for staff, and oversees the District Support Team. Prior to joining the district, Dr. Hildebrand was the Coordinator of School Improvement and Instructional Support at The School Association for Special Education (SASED). 


Dr. Hildebrand received her Bachelor of Education and Post-Graduate Diploma in Special Education at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada; Master of Education and PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada; and Director of Special Education Endorsement at Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Hildebrand has authored and co-authored over 15 publications and presented at many conferences.


“Dr. Hildebrand brings a broad background of expertise and education to the executive director role, as well as familiarity and experience with our district,” said Dr. Sparlin, superintendent of schools. “Dr. Hildebrand has demonstrated that she is truly committed about developing and cultivating the social, emotional and academic needs of all learners.”



Mission Statement: In partnership with our families and communities, Community Unit School District 308 will educate all students to reach their highest potential.