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Gwendolyn B. Lee

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Gwendolyn B. Lee

14th National President

Gwendolyn B. Lee has over 38 years experience in secondary education. She retired in December 2007 from Thornton Township High School, District 205, where she served as the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development and as the Director for Special Education and the District Coordinator for Small Learning Communities. She was named Principal of the Year for the State of Illinois in 1998 and Administrator of the Year in 2003. She received the Dare to Be Great Award in 2006 from the Illinois Women Administrators Organization. Dr. Lee currently serves as a Leadership Coach for New Leaders for New Schools.

Dr. Lee has a 4o plus year record of active participation in The Links, Incorporated. She is a charter member of the South Suburban Chicago (IL) Chapter located in the Central Area. In 1994, Dr. Lee was appointed as Director of National Trends and Services and served in that capacity until 1998. She has held four National offices; National Member-At-Large (1986-1990), National Nominating Committee Chairperson (1990-1994), National Recording Secretary (1998-2002), and National Vice President (2002-2006). Additional career highlights of Dr. Lee are listed below;


Adjunct Professor                            Governors State University                                         2002-Present

Adjunct Professor                            National-Louis University                                            2001-Present

Associate Superintendent              Thornton Township High School, District 205         1999-Present

Principal                                            Thornridge High School, Dolton, IL                            1994-1999

Principal                                            Hillcrest High School, Country Club Hills, IL              1992-1994

Assistant Principal                           Thornridge High School                                               1985-1992

Dean of Students                             Thornridge High School                                               1981-1985

Teacher                                              Thornridge High School                                               1971-1981


Ph.D. – Fall 1998 Loyola University (Chicago) – Education Administration

Administrative Certificate, 1985  – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Master of Science Degree in Education, 1975 – Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Political Science, 1971 – Ball State University, Muncie, IN


IASCD Board of Directors, 2001- Present

South Suburban IASCD, President, Treasurer – Present

South Suburban Curriculum Council, 2002 – Present

American Association of School Administrators, 1999 – Present

State Superintendent’s Task Force School Designation, 2001

Executive Leadership Institute (Motorola) I & II Design Team Member, 1996-2001

Illinois Principal’s Association State Director, 1997-2000

National Staff Development Council, 1994 – Present

National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1992 – 1999

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1992 – Present

Illinois Principal’s Association – Region VII, Publicity Director, 1992; Director, 1996

State Supt. Advisory Board, 2001-2002


Leadership Coach – New Leaders for New Schools, 2008-Present

Resident Coach – New Leaders for New Schools, 2007-2008

National Staff Development – Consultant for School Professional Development Audits,  JoEllen Killion, Chair, 2001-present

IL Gates Coalition for Systems Change and Technology Integration in Schools, State Trainer with Dr. Diane Asbey and Lynda Irvin, 2001- present

Illinois Principal’s Association Aspiring Principals Workshop – Presenter since 1994

H.O.P.E. Foundation Site Coordinator for Alton High School, 2002-2004  (Harnessing Optimism and Potential Through Education)

Thornton Township High School’s Leadership Academy, Developer and Facilitator, 1999-present

Institute Day Presenter, Hillcrest High School, Teaming and How to Write Smart Goals

Consultant for QLD Learning, 2004 – present

High Schools That Work – Presenter, National Conference, 2004

Connections Conference, Presenter,  The Administrative Side of Implementing High Schools That Work and Small Learning Communities, 2004

U.S. Department of Education and Office of Vocational Education, Presenter and Coach, Smaller Learning   Communities Leadership Institute, San Francisco, California and Atlanta, Georgia, 2005


Illinois Women Administrators 2005 Dare To Be Great Honoree

ISC4 Administrator of the Year – Excellence in Education Award 2003

Herman Graves Service Award (IPA, South Cook) -1999

State of Illinois Principal of the Year – 1998-99

Outstanding Staff Developer – Thornridge High School Faculty -1998

Exceptional Performance & Contributions, presented by Educational Talent Search –  1995

I.P.A. Region 7 Nominee for Met Life Principal of the Year Award – 1994 & 1996

Outstanding Young Woman of America – 1984

Honored Faculty Member – 1983


The South Suburban Family Shelter Board of Directors

The Links, Incorporated Board of Directors and National President

South Suburban Chicago Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

University of Illinois Cooperative Extension, State Advisory Committee

The Society for The Arts


Thornton Township High Schools’ Leadership Academy Training Manual

The Study of Protégé’s Perceptions of Mentoring Relationships in Secondary Schools – dissertation

Constructing a Mentoring Program – soon to be released.



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