Board of Education
Kristine Gericke, Vice PresidentCurrent committee assignments: Finance, NEF
Adopt-A-School assignments: Naper Elementary School, Steeple Run Elementary School, Madison Jr. High
First elected: 2017
Current term expires: 2023
Number of terms served and when: Second term
Relevant degrees/life experience/previous volunteer activities: B.A. in History with Secondary Ed. Minor from North Central College; Court Appointed Special Advocate (C.A.S.A.), 18th Circuit Judicial Court; President, Dist. 203 General Home & School; President, Prairie Home & School; Secretary, Washington Jr. High Home & School; SFCP co-chair, Prairie Elementary; Two time recipient, NCUSD 203 Outstanding School Volunteer award; Outstanding Achievement recognition from the National Network of Partnership Schools; Girl Scout leader; Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader since 2008, including my current role as Committee Chair; Recipient of the Boy Scouting Silver Acorn Award; Mental Health First Aid trained; Member, Ladies Auxiliary-Judd Kendall VFW 3873; Wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, violinist and White Sox fan.
Parent of District 203 students: My husband, Jeff and I have one son and one daughter who are graduates of NNHS.
Educational philosophy: It is important to foster curiosity and the love of learning regardless of a child’s age. From the very beginning, families and communities share the responsibility to ensure that children are encouraged to explore, question and interact with their world. We need to help children find their individual passions that will lead them toward productive and happy adult lives. Above all, we must demonstrate that learning is a lifelong endeavor that should be pursued and enjoyed no matter one’s age.