Emmons School Board of Education

Our Legacy to the Community 
* United, focused leadership team with a clear vision, who made decisions aligned to the vision and focused on the best interest of the students.
* Academic greatness compared to top Illinois elementary schools.
* There is a welcoming attitude when entering the school.
* To be fiscally responsible.  
* Able to bring great programs both during school and after school for our children.
* The Board and the Superintendent worked together to create a governing framework that will help drive the district forward to meet the educational, financial, and cultural needs of the district.
* That we were a purposeful Board that were well prepared and responsible to the community.
* We focused on the whole child when working with all parties.

School District Philosophy & Mission Statement
"Working together we educate, nurture and grow our students for a successful future."


This statement guides the actions of all members of the Emmons Community – staff, students, parents, Board, and administration. It is the foundation of the Emmons Board of Education Belief Statements.

Core Values and Belief Statements 
Students and Learning
We believe that:
  • All students should be active participants in their own education.
  • All students have unique gifts that will make an impact on the world.
  • All students need to advocate for their own needs and have the right to express themselves and be heard.
  • Students have different learning styles.
  • Students should be active participants in their learning.
  • All students can learn.
  • All students should strive to reach their full potential.
  • Students should feel safe.
  • Students should have a wide variety of learning experiences.
Teachers and Teaching
We believe that:
  • Teachers need staff development opportunities in order to prepare students to be 21st Century Learners. 
  • Teachers must create a learning environment where all students feel safe and can be productive.
  • Teachers should be held to the same standards they hold students to.
  • Educators need support.
  • Teachers should feel supported and be provided necessary resources.
  • Teachers need to meet the individual needs of all students so they can reach their full potential.
  • Educators are responsible for their own life-long learning.
  • Educators strive for excellence.
  • Teachers should meet the diverse needs of all students.
School and Community
We believe that:
  • The school and the community are accountable to each other.
  • Both the community and school should be responsible for a student's successful future.
  • The school and the community have mutual respect and trust for each other.
  • Parents should take an active role in their child's learning.
  • The community and school need to be aligned to be successful.
  • The community and school should partner to support the school.
  • We believe that school should balance education and fiscal responsibility.
  • The school should provide transparent communication with regards to all areas, which is accessible to the community.
  • There should be two-way communication between school and community.



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Laurie has lived in the district for over 38 years and has served on the Board since 2009. She graduated from Antioch Township High School in 1967. Laurie is retired after working for 35 years as a Medical Practice Administrator. Her past volunteer activities include: Sunday School Teacher & Superintendent of Sunday School for the Antioch Methodist Church, Staff/Parish Relations Committee, Administrative Board, Newsletter Editor, and AUMC. She has also been a PDO Board Member, Emmons PTO volunteer, and past president of the Lake County Medical Office Managers Group.

Laurie’s two children, Keith & Rebecca graduated from Emmons and her two grandsons, Keegan and Liam also attended Emmons.

Gretchen Leighliter - Vice President
Gretchen and her husband Jeff have lived in the district since 2011 and has served on the board since May of 2017. She has a background in business management and has 30 years of combined business experience with various companies in Illinois and Ohio.  Most recently, she managed the manufacturing operations for ITW, a manufacturer of automotive components.

Gretchen and her husband Jeff have a son who attends school at Emmons.  She has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Grace and a cat named Crash.

Gretchen is an active volunteer at Emmons and supports the Lake Villa Township Baseball program as a volunteer. The Leighliter family enjoys anything and everything related to sports, music, and outdoor fun!

Kelly Sheehan - Secretary
Kelly Sheehan is an Antioch native who grew up within walking distance from Emmons. She is married with three children, who all attend the school. Kelly is heavily involved with the local community and volunteers for a number of organizations; The Emmons PTO, Antioch Viking Football, Antioch Youth Little League, St. Peter’s Church and Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Charities. 

When she isn’t running a marathon, pulling together some kind of fundraising event or chasing around her children, she doubles as a Budgets and Contracts Manager for the Healthcare industry, where her career has spanned more than a decade. 

Kelly is a graduate of St. Peters, in Antioch, Antioch High School and the University of Iowa where she received her BA in journalism.

Information coming soon.

Joyce West has lived in Emmons school district with her husband and two boys since 2011. She is a Bilingual National Board certified teacher for Early and Middle Childhood and English as New Language. She completed her masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on bilingual and bicultural education. She has been an educator since 2002 and currently teaches Spanish part time in Lake Villa.

She is involved in MOPS as well as the meals ministry program and the elementary school ministries at Northbridge Church. She also loves helping out at Emmons! Her family enjoys organizing and participating in a variety of neighborhood activities and shopping for the backpack program at Open Arms Missions and Operation Christmas child.

Bob has lived in the district for over 20 years and has served on the board since May of 2017. He works at Connor & Gallagher Insurance Services as a Risk Management Advisor. 

Bob and his wife Jenny have a son and daughter who both attend Emmons.

When Bob is not working, he enjoys boating with the family and playing golf.

Nathan Karasek is a father of three boys and one girl.  His two oldest attend Antioch High School and his younger two attend Emmons.  He has lived in Antioch since 2001 with his wife Jessica.  He currently works at Warren Township High School where he has enjoyed working with students for over 18 years.