Paige McNulty is taking on the first tasks in her role as assistant regional superintendent for the Kane County Regional Office of Education.
After 21 years of experience in education, McNulty said she was hired for the new job July 1. Working mainly with Patricia Dal Santo, regional superintendent for the Kane County Regional Office of Education, McNulty said she now earns a $100,000 yearly salary.
McNulty’s duties involve truancy, GED, juvenile drug court, home school and school safety inspections, in addition to student homelessness and transportation, according to a news release from the Kane County Regional Office of Education.
“Right now, I’m trying to learn all the different systems and how they all work together in districts, and see how I can partner with them to help support them,” McNulty said.
McNulty’s previous job was with Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative in St. Charles. She worked with one school district there, and she said the chance to work with nine school districts drew her to the new job.
“The Office of Regional Education gives me the opportunity to work with a wider array of communities and try to partner with agencies to do truancy, intervention outreach services and community linkages for students and their families for many schools instead of just one,” McNulty said.
McNulty has a MBA from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education and administration from Indiana State University, according to the release. In June 2015, McNulty said she will finish her dissertation for an Ed.D. in educational leadership from National Louis University.
“She’s basically a lifelong learner,” Dal Santo said about McNulty. “Which is what education is all about.”
Dal Santo said the application process lasted three to four weeks with more than 30 applicants, only five of whom were interviewed.
“What stood out about [McNulty] is the experience she had,” Dal Santo said. “The fact that she worked in Kane County and knows about Kane County and our educational needs.”