Dr. Raymond Lechner comes to District 86 with significant experience as a school administrator. He spent 20 years working for Wilmette Public Schools District 39, including 12 years as the superintendent and eight years as the assistant superintendent for special education and student services. Prior to that, he served as the state-approved director of special education (six years) and assistant director of student services (one year) for Orland School District 135. He was also a school psychologist for District 135, Berkeley School District 87 and the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children. Since retiring, he has served as an interim superintendent in four districts: Marquardt School District 15, Bensenville School District 2, DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 and Center Cass School District 66.
Lechner holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in school psychology from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University and a doctorate in educational psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
His term will run through June 30, 2024.
Dr. Rebecca Nelson joins us at District 86 with 50 years experience as an educator. She previously served as superintendent or interim superintendent at several districts in the Chicago area; was the dean of the school of education at North Park University; and has been a teacher, curriculum specialist, principal and assistant superintendent. Her last two interim superintendent positions were with Dr. Lechner.
In January 2024, Dr. Nelson was appointed as co-interim Superintendent at District 86. Her term will run through June 30, 2024.