Alden-Hebron School District 19 hires Principal Tiffany Elswick as superintendent

Elswick spent time as McHenry School District 15 teacher, administrator before joining Alden-Hebron

Alden-Hebron School District 19′s next superintendent will be the current principal of Alden-Hebron Elementary School, according to a Thursday news release.

Principal Tiffany Elswick, who has also been working as an assistant superintendent for the district, will take over the post July 1, replacing interim Superintendent Debbie Ehlenburg, who had been working in the role less than full time since 2019.

Ehlenburg had planned on retirement that year after 12 years as superintendent and 33 years with the 400-student district, according to the Northwest Herald. She took the interim role while District 19 looked for a full-time replacement for superintendent.

“The [school board] is excited that Mrs. Tiffany Elswick will be the new leader for Alden-Hebron School District 19,” Alden-Hebron school board president Mike Norton said in the release. “I believe incredible things can happen in a school where students are challenged, they have choices about their education, and have options of a variety courses in a multiple educational settings.”

“We need leadership willing to take risks and put energy and enthusiasm into their work to let the kids know how important their education will be for their future development,” Norton said.

Elswick is the principal of Alden-Hebron Elementary School and assistant superintendent of the district, according to the release. She spent 20 years in education, including seven years working in the classroom at McHenry Elementary School District 15 and eight years with that district as an administrator.

Elswick earned her superintendent endorsement and license from Aurora University. She also is finishing up the doctoral program in educational leadership through Aurora.

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen for this position,” Elswick said in the release. “I am grateful to serve in this capacity working with an extraordinary team and amazing community.”

Sam Lounsberry

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