District 102 Appoints New Director of Special Education
Kateri Quiñónez, lead resource teacher at La Grange School District 102, is joining the district’s administrative team as the new director of special education. Quiñónez’s appointment was approved at the June 22 Special Board of Education meeting and she will begin her new role August 1. She will be taking on the role following the departure of Robert Condon who served as the director for the past eight years. Quiñónez was selected after an interview process that included a committee comprised of parents, staff and administrators.
“We are very pleased that Mrs. Quiñónez is taking on the director role and it is wonderful that we were able to have an internal candidate fill this position,” said Joyce Powell, Ed.D., assistant superintendent for special education. “Her knowledge of the district’s special education programs and interventions is a tremendous asset.”
Quiñónez has served as the lead resource teacher and local education authority (LEA) at Ogden Avenue and Cossitt Schools in La Grange since 2015. She previously served as a special education teacher at Ogden Avenue and Park Junior High Schools beginning in 2010. Quiñónez has also worked as a resource teacher at Butler School District 53 in Oak Brook. She began her teaching career at McGlannan School in Miami in 2003. Prior to entering the education field, Quiñónez worked as a business process analyst and management trainee at Maersk, Inc. in Miami.
A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and international trade, Quiñónez also holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Miami. She received her director of special education endorsement from Northern Illinois University in 2012.
A resident of Clarendon Hills, Quiñónez and her husband, Fernando, have two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, jogging and yoga.