On December 8, 2016, the Grayslake Community High School District 127 Board of Education appointed Mikkel Storaasli, Ed.D. to the position of Superintendent of Schools. Storaasli is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Leyden Community High School District 212 in Franklin Park, a position he has held since 2010. The appointment will be effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Storaasli will work with current retiring Superintendent Catherine Finger to ensure a smooth transition for the staff, students, and Grayslake community.
On behalf of the Board, President Ann Dingman stated: “Dr. Storaasli is an exceptional educational leader who will continue to build on the tradition of excellence and the culture of caring that exemplifies our district. Dr. Storaasli shares our commitment to improving student achievement and expanding opportunities for our students.”
Storaasli is looking forward to joining District 127 and states, “I am excited and honored to be joining the Grayslake family. To serve these amazing students in such a supportive community with this dedicated and professional staff is a wonderful opportunity and privilege.”
Prior to his tenure as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Leyden, Storaasli also served District 212 as an Assistant Principal at East Leyden High School (2007 – 2009), Mathematics Department Chair (2003 – 2006), and Mathematics teacher (1996 - 2002). He holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University (2013) and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching of Mathematics (2000) from the University of Illinois at Urban/Champaign. Dr. Storaasli also obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois (1996).
The Board engaged the services of School Exec Connect to conduct the superintendent search. Working with School Exec connect, the Board solicited input via forums, surveys, and dozens of conversations, and then adopted a comprehensive profile for the new superintendent. Board President Ann Dingman stated, “The search process worked well and brought us together as a community. Dr. Storaasli is a great match for our district and we are certain that every student will benefit from his proven track record and dynamic leadership. We look forward to welcoming him into our District 127 community.”