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The Role of the Superintendent

The superintendent is hired by and serves as chief executive officer to the Board of Education. It is her responsibility to provide creative, dynamic and effective leadership and secure maximum educational opportunities for children by constantly striving to improve the quality of instruction.

The superintendent endeavors to obtain and develop the most competent staff to carry out the schools’ purposes. She provides leadership in securing and managing funds and facilities needed for an effective instructional program. She encourages and maintains communication between the school district and the community.

About Dr. Cheryl McCarthy

Dr. Cheryl McCarthy is the superintendent of Joliet Township High School District 204. She is a lifelong resident of Will County with a vast history of educational experience, which includes a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of St Francis; a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Governors State University; and an Ed.D. in Administrative Leadership from Aurora University.

Dr. McCarthy has served Joliet Township High School throughout her entire career. She began at Joliet West High School in 1986 as a math teacher and in 1996 she was promoted to division chair of the math and sciences department. In 2001, she served as assistant principal for support operations before moving up as principal in 2002 and assistant superintendent for educational services in 2010. She is the first female superintendent in the history of Joliet Township High School.

Under Dr. McCarthy’s leadership, JTHS was named the 2017 College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year. This national award recognizes JTHS as the leader among 10,000 schools for expanding access to Advanced Placement courses while simultaneously improving AP Exam performance. This includes an increase of traditionally unrepresented minority students earning a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam by 7 percent annually.

Dr. McCarthy led the implementation of the 1:1 Computing Initiative, which provides netbook computers to all students. She has been instrumental in the implementation of the district’s strategic plan since its inception and works tirelessly to move initiatives forward to continuously improve student performance and make JTHS a school of choice. Under her leadership, the district has established the Mentor2.0 program, a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where students are paired with mentors who provide guidance and insight into college and career preparation.

Community involvement and professional development are key tenants to Dr. McCarthy’s approach to leadership. She serves as President of Rotary Club of Joliet, is a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators; Learning Forward; National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Three Rivers Education Partnership; Chamber Education Committee; United Way of Will County Education Division; Three Rivers Education for Employment Council; Joliet Region Interfaith Education Council (JRIEC); and Leading Educational Alignment and Planning (LEAP).

Dr. McCarthy is known for her “Students First” approach. She has served as the coach of Tiger Stripe Poms, as well as the badminton and math teams. Dr. McCarthy is currently the sponsor for the Students of Service, a Rotary Interact Club that promotes community involvement and volunteer work. She is known for her genuine involvement with students, staff, community and business partners. She is a leader who cares deeply about the Joliet Community.