Superintendent Dr. Michael Lach
Dr. Michael Lach Named New Superintendent for Hinsdale Township High School District 86
During its special meeting on January 10, the District 86 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Michael Lach as the district’s new superintendent beginning July 1, 2024. Lach received a 3-year contract with a starting base salary of $255k.
Lach is a lifelong educator with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. He currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment for Township High School District 113 in Highland Park and Deerfield. He oversees academics for the district and has focused on increasing leadership capacity, incorporating data into school and district decision-making, and revamping credit recovery and summer school experiences.
Before District 113, Lach served as a senior fellow at Achieve in Washington, D.C., where he helped states and districts develop and use mathematics, science, and literacy standards in their educational improvement efforts. He was the director of STEM and strategic initiatives for UChicago STEM Education at the University of Chicago, where he conducted research on large-scale K-12 STEM improvement and provided technical assistance to a variety of partners, including NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Council for the Great City Schools. As a special assistant for science, mathematics, engineering and technology education for the U.S. Department of Education, he led STEM education policy during President Barack Obama’s first term. As an administrator in the Chicago Public Schools, he held several high-profile positions including chief officer of teaching and learning, officer of high school teaching and learning, and director of mathematics and science.
Lach spent nine years as a high-school science classroom teacher in New Orleans, New York City, and Chicago, and earned accolades such as the Radio Shack National Teacher Award (2000), Outstanding Illinois Physics Teacher of the Year (1999), National Board certification, and a finalist for the Golden Apple Award (1998).
Lach earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Carleton College, master’s degrees in science education from Columbia University and educational leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Statement from the Board of Education
We want to congratulate Dr. Michael Lach on his appointment as the district’s new superintendent. Dr. Lach is an award-winning teacher and accomplished administrator who has an extensive background in STEM education and a wealth of experience in places such as District 113, the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Education and Chicago Public Schools. We are excited to have him join our district, and look forward to working with him to grow our proud tradition of excellence.
That work will begin in earnest as we support Dr. Lach in his efforts to get to know our district and community. He is particularly eager to sit down with our students, staff, families and community members so that he can learn from them. He knows, as do we, that we will need contributions from every member of our district if we are going to build a better and brighter future for our schools and the children we serve.
As we welcome Dr. Lach to District 86, the Board wants to thank all stakeholders for aiding the search that brought him here. The feedback that was provided via the online survey, focus groups, and open forums was instrumental in helping identify strong candidates for the position. We also want to thank our interim superintendents for everything they have done on behalf of our district. They have led us through a critical period of transition and will continue to play an integral role in ensuring that the remainder of the school year is a success for our students, staff and families.
Statement from Dr. Michael Lach
I am honored and excited to be selected as the new superintendent for District 86. There is tremendous capacity and opportunity here, and I have deep respect for the history and reputation of Hinsdale Township High School District 86. Throughout the interviewing process, I’ve been impressed by just how much this community cares about its schools and students. I want to thank the board of education for this incredible opportunity and am excited to begin the important work that will help every District 86 student realize their full potential.