Kankakee School District
Dr. Genevra Walters’ vision is to “develop an educational system that creates opportunities for all children to be valued, contributing citizens in a fast-changing global society”. She is committed to the growth and development of life-long learners.
She began her career as a school Social Worker in Kankakee SD 111, where she also served as an assistant principal at Kankakee HS and principal at Mark Twain Elementary. She also served as Human Resources Coordinator and then Superintendent at SPEED S.E.J.A #802 before returning to Kankakee as the Superintendent in 2014. As Superintendent she has developed a K-5 career framework, designed a college career academy model, set a vision to transform Secondary Education from a factory mindset to an inquiry-based model. Kankakee was one of the first High Schools in Illinois to participate in a pilot for Competency-Based Education which shifts from TIME to LEARNING, being the constant.
Dr. Walters earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed an educational doctorate at Illinois State University with an emphasis on teacher education and research. She is co-author of the book, “What Works for Special Education and At-Risk Learners: A Framework for General Education Teachers and Administrators.” She has presented at numerous local, state, national, and international conferences, including her presentation on “Building Collaborative Relationships with Families” at the 2004 China-US Conference on Educating Students with Special Needs in Beijing.
Dr. Walters feels honored to return home and serve as Educational Leader for the students and families of Kankakee to ensure they achieve one community, one district, one vision for all children.