Scott Shepard joined District 155 in July 2013 as principal for Crystal Lake South High School. During his four years as principal, Scott and his team have focused on initiating a system of support for students to increase student achievement. ACT scores have increased from 21.9 to 22.7, and the number of AP® tests taken have nearly tripled. He has developed a strong parent advisory committee and his student services team was recently named as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Scott is also passionate about honoring veterans in the Crystal Lake community and has started a tradition to recognize hundreds of veterans in the area each Veterans Day at Crystal Lake South.
“It has been a privilege to serve as principal at Crystal Lake South for the past four years. I look forward to continuing to serve all D155 students, teachers, and parents as assistant superintendent of educational services,” said Scott Shepard, principal.
Previously, he served as principal for Marengo High School where he oversaw curricular enhancements including the addition of new Advanced Placement course offerings, implementation of a one-to-one digital learning environment, created student improvement programs, and focused on enhancing a culture of inclusion. Shepard has 17 years of principal experience including eight years as a principal in Nebraska. He began his career as a math teacher. He was named the Illinois Principals Association 2013 Kishwaukee Region Principal of the Year and was a nominee for the IPA Illinois High School Principal of the Year.
“We included all stakeholders in the hiring process to identify the right person to serve as the assistant superintendent of educational services. We had several impressive internal and external candidates,” said Dr. Johnnie Thomas, superintendent. “Scott Shepard will continue to move the district forward by supporting all students to help them succeed.”
Scott Shepard’s promotion within the district, leaves a principal position open at Crystal Lake South, and the district will work with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders to identify a replacement.