NORTHBROOK, IL — The new superintendent of Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 was an unanimous choice. dr Emily Tammaru, who has served as the superintendent of Community Consolidated School District 89 since 2016, beat out 26 other applicants, according to the District 30 Board of Education.
The announcement was made at Thursday night’s School Board meeting. Tammaru will begin in the position on July 1, 2023. The new superintendent will replace Brian Wegley, who will retire from the position on June 30.
“Dr. Tammaru impressed the Board with her exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to build strong working relationships, outstanding leadership skills, and focus on identifying opportunities for innovation,” District 30 Board of Education President Nancy Artz said in a news release.
According to the district, Tammaru brings a “collaborative, student-first approach to leading a district with consistently high academic achievement.” Her 27 years in education include 18 years of administration.
Last spring, the District 30 Board of Education partnered with BWP & Associates executive search firm to identify candidates for the position. Stakeholders including students, staff and community members also provided feedback to help BWP create a Leadership Profile.
CCSD 89 is a district that serves nearly 2,300 students in Pre-K to 8th grade from Glen Ellyn, Lombard, and Wheaton. It includes four elementary schools and one middle school.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to serve the Northbrook and Glenview communities,” Tammaru said. “It is evident that District 30 has a long tradition of excellence focused on the whole child. I look forward to partnering with the students, staff, the Board of Education and community to build upon the strong academic and social-emotional foundation the district has established.”
Prior to her time as CCSD 89 superintendent, Tammaru joined the district as principal of Briar Glen Elementary School in 2007. Three years later, she was named the district’s assistant superintendent for learning.
Tammaru graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in special education. She started her career teaching students with emotional disorders in West Aurora School District 129. After nine years in the classroom, she was promoted to assistant principal in Aurora.
According to the district, Tammaru has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Aurora University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Aurora University. She and her husband, Virko, have two sons, Alexander and William.