Dr. John Deiter has been selected as District 27's next Superintendent of Schools. He officially begins his duties on July 1, 2021. Dr. Deiter brings extensive experience and leadership in education. He holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in secondary teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University.
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience working in education.
A. I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. I have two daughters, Madison who just graduated from Grand Valley State University and will be moving to Chicago, and Gwenyth who is finishing her senior year at Eastern Michigan University. I have been in education for 25 years where I have served as a middle and high school teacher, assistant high school principal, middle school principal, high school principal, and I have been a K-12 superintendent in DeWitt, Michigan for the past ten years.
Q. What drew you to Northbrook 27?
A. I was first drawn to Northbrook by the location, but I was sold on District 27 when I learned about the people and the community. The close-knit, high-performing staff, the supportive community, and especially the talented students are what really drew me in.
Q. What are you most excited about as school gets underway this fall?
A. I am looking forward to getting to know the entire school community and working together toward our goals. I am also looking forward to a “normal year” and having kids and staff in the schools on day one!
Q. What are some of your goals for Northbrook 27?
A. Northbrook 27 is a phenomenal school district. My main goal is to keep the momentum and continue to lead the District toward constant improvement. I want to help everyone reach their full potential and ensure that the students are primed for success when they exit our system.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
A. I have always enjoyed creating and providing opportunities for kids to learn in new and exciting ways. This has looked a little different with each step in my career, but nothing beats the excitement in the faces of students when they are engaged in learning. As a superintendent, I have enjoyed seeing the students participate in new programs and learn in new spaces that I have helped design.
Q. What do you think will be most challenging as you enter Northbrook 27?
A. I think there are more similarities than differences to what my experiences in Michigan have been, but I know that I will have a learning curve in a new state and in a new system. I am fortunate that I will be surrounded by a great staff that will help with this.
Q. How do you plan to support students and staff as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic?
A. The first step will be to assess needs – especially as we return to school in the fall. We need to learn how everyone is feeling and we have to determine what students and staff need so we can support their academic and social-emotional needs. I think the past year and a half has been exhausting for everyone and we have to find ways to lift each other up so we can stay fresh and excited. I think this will entail many opportunities for students and staff to work collaboratively in-person again.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A. I like to spend time with my family and friends. I have two Australian Shepherds that need a lot of long walks and exercise. I enjoy travel, sports, reading, music, movies, and physical activities. I am very excited about the proximity to Chicago for concerts, shows, sports, and museums.
Q. What was your favorite school subject growing up? Why?
A. I always liked English class and social studies. I enjoy reading and I like to find the deeper meaning and themes in what I read. I also liked social studies and learning about the United States' history and government.
Q. Outside of your experience as an educator, what should the community of Northbrook know about you?
A. This was actually a difficult question for me. I am very passionate about education, but I am a pretty low-key person in general. I hope the community finds me to be approachable and sincere. Also, I am a proud Michigan State Spartan and I like the Detroit professional teams.