D181 hires new administrator to handle human resources

Gina Herrmann has been hired by Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 Board to serve as assistant superintendent of human resources effective July 1.

Herrmann comes to District 181 from Oak Park School District 97, where she serves as senior director of human resources. Prior to her time in District 97, she served as director of career, then director of human resources in Naperville Unit District 203.

"Ms. Herrmann is a highly regarded administrator with a considerable background in human resources in an educational setting," Superintendent Hector Garcia said. "Her skills, professional HR experience and leadership will help our school district have a seamless transfer of leadership."

In addition to HR, Herrmann has served as a school principal, technology director and teacher. In addition to her role as an educator, she has served as a union president and lead negotiator.

"I'm excited to welcome Gina to the district," said board President Margaret Kleber. "Her skills and accomplishments are impressive and we are eager to integrate her experience in leadership development into our existing program."

Herrmann has a bachelor's in education from North Central College, a master's in teaching and learning and a master's of arts in educational leadership. She also has a Human Resource Management Certification, a Human Capital Leadership in Education Certification and is a doctoral candidate at DePaul University, with expected conferral this year.

"I'm honored and incredibly excited to join the team at Hinsdale District 181," Herrmann said. "The district's greatest resource is its staff, and I look forward to providing strategic, innovative opportunities and services for the district's personnel. I am proud to be a part of a student-focused district that ensures the academic achievement and social emotional well-being of all students."

Herrmann is replacing John Munch, who is leaving to become the new superintendent in Highlands Elementary District 106.

Garcia expressed his gratitude to Munch for his many contributions to the district.

"Mr. Munch has been instrumental in building high-performing teams throughout the district and at the same time contributed to the culture of collaboration and student focus," Garcia said. "We will certainly miss him, personally and professionally, and wish him well in his new role."