Message from the


Dr. Minerva Garcia-Sanchez

Greetings DeKalb CUSD 428 Community!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope that you are enjoying your summer and finding time to relax before our students return for the August 18th school opening. As I begin this leadership journey, I am honored to have been selected by the DeKalb CUSD 428 Board of Education, under the leadership of Board President Ms. Sarah Moses, as your new Superintendent.

There is much for all of us to be excited about. In addition to the pride across the District which positions all of us to raise our expectations of what is possible for students, an area of focus for this coming school year is ensuring that all of our students have equitable access to high quality content and rigorous curriculum. We also want to ensure that our social emotional learning initiative incorporates student voice and adult learning. Agency, ownership, and identity will be key levers for how we can continue to develop as critical thinkers and learners.

My mission is driven by my belief that all students can learn when afforded the appropriate academic and social emotional supports. My entry plan continues to include listening actively to various stakeholder groups in order to gain an understanding of the educational landscape of DeKalb CUSD 428 and, at the same time, building strong partnerships that will advance four priorities: Academic Excellence, Family and Community Engagement, Financial Sustainability, and Pipeline Development. I look forward to sharing our District initiatives and programs that will demonstrate our focus on instruction and build consistent high quality practices across all schools.

All of us are called to share in the responsibility for the success of our students. I will work closely with our Board of Education to establish a partnership that serves our students well and to create working conditions for employees that reflect our core values. I also look forward to leading our Education Center Team to ensure we stay focused on holding ourselves accountable for increasing our efficiencies and effectiveness in our service delivery model.

My commitment to you will be driven by my ability to lead by example, to make sure that my actions mirror my beliefs and earn your trust. I am humbled by this new responsibility and am both enthusiastic about learning from you and eager to contribute in a positive way to DeKalb CUSD 428!


Minerva Garcia-Sanchez, Ed.D.