After 11 years as Superintendent of New Trier Township High School District 203 and 41 years in education, Dr. Linda Yonke will retire on June 30, 2017. New Trier community members are invited to help honor Dr. Yonke at a retirement celebration on Wednesday, May 31 beginning at 6 p.m. at New Trier's Winnetka Campus.
The celebration will begin with a brief program in the Trevian Commons, the school's new cafeteria, followed by refreshments, entertainment and plenty of time to mix, mingle and wish Dr. Yonke well. Community members are invited to join the fun between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Dr. Yonke became Superintendent of New Trier Township High School District 203 in 2006 after serving for two years as New Trier's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She is the first full-time female superintendent in New Trier's 116-year history.
During Dr. Yonke's 11 years as Superintendent, New Trier has launched major initiatives such as the 1 to 1 mobile learning project, the expansion of extracurricular opportunities for students and implementation of model teacher evaluation and professional development programs. Student services also grew with new programs that support students' academic and social-emotional needs throughout high school. At the same time, New Trier has achieved the state's top ACT scores for an open enrollment high school year after year.
Dr. Yonke also led community members, faculty, staff, parents and students in a long-term facilities planning process that identified significant needs and deficiencies at both of New Trier's aging campuses. The process led to major facilities projects, including the opening of the B Building at the Northfield Campus and the current Winnetka Campus Construction and Renovation Project, which will be completed in the fall of 2017.
Before coming to New Trier, Dr. Yonke served as Principal at York High School in Elmhurst, Lake Central High School in St. John's, Indiana, and Kankakee High School. She began her career in education as an English teacher at the high school and junior high level.