The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education on Aug. 10, 2020 appointed Lauren Hartelius as Behavioral Support Systems Coordinator. She will begin Aug. 17.
Hartelius joins District 58 with 12 years of direct experience teaching students with emotional disabilities in the Kendall County Special Education Cooperative. She was the lead teacher of South Berwyn District 100’s ED program and most recently, provided guidance and direction to both middle and high school specialized programs as the Educational Coordinator in Morton District 201. Her passion for helping students with more significant behaviors and emotional needs began early in her career when she worked at an alternative school.
She is described as innovative, knowledgeable, patient, supportive and committed to supporting students with intensive needs to help them become successful. The District 58 interview teams, composed of teachers, related service staff, and administrators were especially impressed with her knowledge of supporting students with significant emotional disabilities and experience as a leader in the field.
Hartelius earned her bachelors in journalism from Indiana University and a masters in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. Most recently she completed her Educational Leadership certification from North Central College.
The selection process was noted as rigorous as it spanned several months with ongoing review of qualified candidates.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lauren,” said Dr. Jessica Stewart, assistant superintendent of special services. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience, insight and passion in helping students gain success in school using evidence-based strategies and practices, positive relationship building and by staying up to date with current research and practices,” she said.
Hartelius will directly support students, staff and families who participate in the district’s Behavioral Emotional and Social Training program (BEST). Additionally, she will work system wide to strengthen behavioral support systems for all students.