Superintendent Rachel Kinder, Ed.SValley View School District 365U Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder, Ed.S, received approval from the VVSD Board of Education to succeed Dr. James A. Mitchem, Jr. on January 27, 2020. Mrs. Kinder began serving the VVSD students and community in 2007 when she joined the staff at Bolingbrook High School.
Mrs. Kinder earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Translation and Business from Northern Illinois University in 2001. She continued her education by earning her Master of Education Degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in 2004 and added a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Governors State University in 2008. Mrs. Kinder is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Concordia University Wisconsin.
Mrs. Kinder began her teaching career in 2002 as a Spanish and English as a Second Language teacher in Joliet Township District 204 and then joined VVSD as a Spanish Teacher and Department Chair at Bolingbrook High School in 2007. In July 2009, she was named as Bolingbrook High School Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and later Interim Principal. She was instrumental in planning and implementing school and instructional improvements annually for more than 3,700 students and nearly 400 staff members.
Mrs. Kinder joined Valley View District Administration in 2011 as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Grades 6-12 and was promoted to her current position in 2013. She directed VVSD’s first-ever strategic planning effort and led the focus on college and career readiness, social-emotional learning, family engagement, and community partnerships emphasizing student-centered and equity driven allocation of resources.
“I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and excited to continue to serve, lead, and support our staff, students and learning community to even greater levels of success. I am appreciative of the Board’s continued support and partnership to meet the needs of every learner and meet our obligation to the community of effective use of resources and positive outcomes for our children.”