Dr. Horvath Recognized For Career of Leadership
District 28 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kathy Horvath was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Illinois State University College of Education during a ceremony Oct. 7 at the university.
Dr. Horvath was recognized as a leading expert in literacy content and teaching practices in Illinois. Now in her 37th year of service, she joined District 28 in 2002 as assistant superintendent. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State in 1980.
As Assistant Superintendent in District 28, Dr. Horvath oversees curriculum development and student assessment. The District has recently completed realignment to Next Generation Science Standards, launched a new literacy curriculum and developed a full-day kindergarten program. Every subject at every grade has been updated to align with the new Illinois Learning Standards.
Dr. Horvath served in multiple roles over a 20-year period in Dolton, where she began her career as a special education teacher and later became an administrator. Dr. Horvath served as a field advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education in 1997, training teachers in struggling districts and helping to develop literacy initiatives.
She also developed “Summer Bridges,” a program that focuses on improving students’ reading skills in low-achieving, high-needs schools. In 2013, she co-authored the book, “No More Summer Reading Loss,” published by Heinemann publishers.
“A lifelong learner and voracious researcher, Horvath is a model of excellence for fellow educators at all levels,” wrote Dr. Lynn Gaddis, who nominated Dr. Horvath for the award. Gaddis was the 1995 Illinois Teacher of the Year and worked with Dr. Horvath as a field advisor.
When Dr. Horvath joined District 28, she fostered a culture of teacher leadership and created a professional development program with national-level experts.
District 28 continues to utilize one of her most successful projects for continuous improvement, the model classroom. Teachers collaborate and share best practices while adopting new curriculum.
Illinois State University College of Education launched the Hall of Fame in 1995. Dr. Horvath was one of eight inductees in 2016.