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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: Three new administrators joining District 2 for 2020-2021 school year.

There will be three new faces in important places when District 2 begins the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Edgar Palacios has been named the District’s new Director of English Learners.
  • Anne Paonessa has been named Blackhawk Middle School’s new Co-Principal.
  • Michelle Shabaker has been named W.A, Johnson School’s new Assistant Principal.

“I’m pleased to welcome these three additions to the BSD2 family,” said Dr. Jim Stelter, Superintendent of Schools. “Our community will benefit greatly from their expertise as educators and administrators.”

Portrait of Edgar Palacios EDGAR PALACIOS

Mr. Palacios comes to District 2 from Consolidated High School District 230 in Orland Park, where he served as Director of Special Programs for the past three years. Prior to that, he served as Plano Community Unit School District 88’s Director of English/Language Arts and Assessment for four years. Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Palacios served for 12 years as an English Learners teacher at Lyons Township High School.

Mr. Palacios holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and two master’s degrees from Benedictine University -- one in curriculum and instruction, and one in leadership and administration. 

“District 2’s large population of English Learners and their teachers will be well served by Edgar’s experience as a bilingual teacher and program director,” said Dr. Stelter. “We’re glad to have him on board.”

Portrait of Anne Paonessa ANNE PAONESSA

Mrs. Paonessa comes to District 2 from Batavia School District 101, where she served as an elementary principal and as the district’s director of English Learners for the past five years. Prior to that, she served for a year as an assistant principal in Lake Zurich School District 95. Before becoming an administrator, she served for five years as a district English Learners facilitator and middle school bilingual resource teacher in Lombard Elementary School District 44. 

Ms. Paonessa holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University at Chicago.

“Anne has demonstrated she’s a skilled administrator, and she brings with her valuable experience as a bilingual educator and a middle school teacher,” said Dr. Stelter. “I think she’s a perfect fit for Blackhawk.”

Portrait of Michelle Shabaker MICHELLE SHABAKER

Ms. Shabaker comes to District 2 from Glen Ellyn School District 41, where she served as assistant principal at Forest Glen Elementary School for the past four years. Prior to that, she served for four years as the Director of Early Childhood in West Aurora School District 129. Before becoming an administrator, she served for seven years as a speech and language pathologist in schools in Wisconsin and New Jersey.

Ms. Shabaker holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and in audiology and speech sciences from Purdue University, master’s degrees in communicative disorders and educational administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

“Johnson is going to love Michelle,” said Dr. Stelter. “She’s an experienced administrator and versatile educator with a passion for early childhood education and special needs instruction.”