Anthony McConnell
Anthony McConnell

LEMONT - The Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education voted unanimously Feb. 11 to hire Anthony McConnell as the new superintendent.

McConnell currently serves as the superintendent of Deerfield Public Schools District 109. He will take over on July 1.

McConnell will replace Superintendent Courtney Orzel, who will leave at the end of the school year to become the associate director of professional development for the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

“Dr. McConnell is a highly regarded and experienced superintendent who has done amazing work in his prior district,” school board President Damon Ascolani said. “We look forward to him applying his talents in District 113A to continue the tremendous progress that we are making in the district.”

McConnell has served the Deerfield Public School District 109 for the past seven years as an assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.

Previously, he worked as a high school social studies teacher at Rock Island High School. McConnell earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Illinois University and holds a superintendent endorsement.

As principal of Kipling Elementary School, McConnell led the school in construction of STEM learning spaces, implementation of 1:1 learning and adoption of The Leader in Me process. In his final year as principal, Kipling was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

Under McConnell’s leadership, the district was featured in “Fortune” magazine and named as a Chicagoland Top Places to Work and had five out of six schools designated as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. He is the co-author of “The Principled Principal: 10 Principles for Leading Exceptional Schools.”

McConnell emerged from more than 40 candidates as the best candidate to lead SD113A. Through a rigorous and thorough search process, he interviewed with more than 30 district stakeholders including parents, community leaders, administrators, staff members and board members.

“I am so very honored to join the District 113A community,” McConnell said. “As I have come to know the outstanding teachers, staff, parents, community and board members in the district, I have learned about their well-deserved pride and the great progress toward meeting district goals. I look forward to continuing working collaboratively with the community to continue that progress. I believe that working together, with a clear focus on students, the possibilities of District 113A are limitless.”

McConnell also serves as a developer and facilitator of the Illinois Principals Association Aspiring Principals Program for the State of Illinois. He and his wife Cayce have two children.

In the next few months, Ascolani will introduce McConnell during voluntary staff and parent meetings.