Dr. Jason Pearson, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Jason Pearson, Ed.D., brings a passion as a forward-thinking educational leader with over 20 years of service as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. When Dr. Pearson became superintendent on July 1, 2022, bringing experience from public schools both in Tennessee and Illinois, and a perspective on international comparative education. In 2007-08, he received a Fulbright Administrator Exchange Grant, administered by the United States Department of State, to partner with a school district administrator in Oulu, Finland. Early in his teaching career, he also spent time teaching on the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius.
He came to Northbrook from St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 where he spent the last 12 years as a district administrator, including five years as Superintendent of Schools. He possesses the qualities and experience most desired by the staff and community as identified through surveys and focus groups conducted in the fall of 2021.
Dr. Pearson holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Belmont University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. He earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Pearson's Entry Plan Report
District Values Strengths, Opportunities and Next Steps
During Superintendent Pearson's spent his first year in District 28 getting to know the community, parents, staff and students. In February, he reported on his findings and his vision for next steps in an Entry Plan Report.
“I wanted to have the opportunity to talk with people and listen to what they were saying about what they liked and enjoyed about the district as well as areas they felt like we could focus our attention on and provide improvement,” Dr. Pearson said.
Dr. Pearson visited nearly event classroom where teachers shared a lesson or unique learning experience. He met with more than 100 staff members in informal coffees to discuss values, strengths, and opportunities for growth. He visited with parents during 12 different events, meetings or concerts and met with students in grades 4 through 10 in eight different focus groups.
Dr. Pearson’s Entry Plan Report is organized into five categories: Culture of Learning, Belonging, High-Quality Staff, Fiscal Responsibility and Communication. He provided details in each category on the current context, values and strengths, areas of opportunity and next steps.
The steps outlined in the report provide a road map for the 2023-24 school year. Community, staff and student engagement will help shape a long-range facilities master plan and a 3- to 5-year strategic plan. Read the full report.