District 102 Names New Assistant Superintendent for Special Education


Terry Sofianos, director of pupil services at Avoca School District 37 in Wilmette, will join La Grange School District 102’s administrative team as the new assistant superintendent for special education. Sofianos’ appointment was approved at the June 18 Special Board of Education meeting and she will begin her new role July 1.  She will be taking the helm following the retirement of Joyce Powell, Ed.D. who served as the assistant superintendent for the past four years. Sofianos was selected after an interview process that included a committee comprised of parents, staff and administrators.

“Her ability to connect with parents and teachers as she considers ways to best meet the needs of our students receiving special services made her the top choice,” said Superintendent Kyle Schumacher, Ed.D.

Sofianos has served as director of pupil services since 2016 where she facilitated all aspects of special education, English language learning, early childhood and summer school programming in addition to staff recruitment.  Prior to her role at Avoca, she spent two years as the executive director of student services at Glenview School District 34. In 2012, Sofianos was appointed principal of Hunting Ridge School in Palatine and she began her foray into administration in 2011 as the student services coordinator in Community Consolidated School District 15. She was also a district services coach at Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) in Highland Park for nine years. Sofianos launched her teaching career in 1990 at Glenview School District 34 where she taught second and third grades as well as special education resource in grades K-3 and 6-8.

A graduate of National Louis University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education/psychology/learning disabilities, Sofianos also holds a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts from Columbia College Chicago and a second master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Illinois University. 

Sofianos is a member of the Illinois Association of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Phi Delta Kappa.  She is the recipient of the NSSED Governing Board Staff Recognition Award (2007) and has also received grants from the Illinois Arts Council for both performance and as an educator sponsoring a dance residency. 

“I was drawn to the district's mission of engaging children to develop creativity, innovative problem-solving, a passion for learning, and empathy,” said Sofianos. “These qualities are not ones that can be easily measured, but a person who possesses them will be well-rounded and happy. In learning about the district, I was impressed by the recent development of special education goals and objectives as these reflect the value and importance of parent voice and community engagement. I am looking forward to partnering with families and educators in order to help all students grow to realize their potential.”

A resident of Chicago, Sofianos and her husband, Mark Wohlgenant, have three children, and she enjoys traveling, cooking, art, writing, and visiting with family and friends.