Board appoints Justin Sisul to assistant superintendent for personnel position

Board appoints Justin Sisul to assistant superintendent for personnel position

The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education approved on Jan. 9 the appointment of Justin Sisul as the District’s assistant superintendent for personnel, effective July 1, 2023.

“I am very pleased to recommend Mr. Sisul to the assistant superintendent for personnel position. We interviewed many strong candidates during a thorough interview process, and Mr. Sisul stood out as the most qualified for the position,” said Superintendent Dr. Kevin Russell. “Interview teams described Mr. Sisul as knowledgeable, dedicated, driven, enthusiastic and positive. Mr. Sisul has successfully led several key initiatives in our District, which the committee also highlighted. We are confident that Mr. Sisul will excel in his new role!”

Sisul has worked in District 58 for more than 21 years. He currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a role he’s held with distinction since 2017. Previously, he served as the principal of Pierce Downer School, as an assistant principal and administrative intern at Lester School, and as a music teacher and choir director at Herrick Middle School. As a District 58 teacher, Sisul received the Downers Grove Elementary Education Association’s 2006 District 58 Teacher of the Year Award and the IEA Stalwart Award.

Sisul earned his master of arts in educational leadership from Concordia University and his bachelor of music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is pursuing his doctor of education from Aurora University.

“It’s been a privilege to work in District 58 for my entire career, and I am honored and excited to continue to serve my community in this new role,” Sisul said. 

Sisul and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Downers Grove. Their youngest child attends a District 58 school, and their oldest two are District 58 alumni.

Sisul will replace current Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Dr. Jayne Yudzentis, who will retire in June 2023 after working in District 58 for 22 years. During Dr. Yudzentis’s District 58 tenure, she has served as the assistant superintendent for personnel, the principal of Lester School, and the assistant principal of Herrick Middle School.

“On behalf of the District 58 community, I thank Dr. Yudzentis for her dedication and considerable contributions to our District’s mission over the past 22 years,” Dr. Russell said.