April 29, 2019 – In its last action before the new board was seated tonight, the 2017-2019 District 200 Board of Education approved the hiring of LeVar J. Ammons, Ed.D., as the district’s first executive director of equity and student success, effective July 1, 2019.
Since 2011, Dr. Ammons (pictured here) has been a counselor at District 88’s Willowbrook High School, which comprises 1,900 students in Villa Park, Ill. Willowbrook is a racially and ethnically diverse school, where approximately 49% of the students are white, 28% Hispanic, 10% African-American, 10% Asian, and 3% multiracial. The school also is economically diverse, with about 44% of its students qualifying as low income. Colleagues praise Dr. Ammons’ ability to connect with students from varying backgrounds to support their social, emotional, and academic needs.
Dr. Ammons’ equity work has included serving on the Equity Task Force that initiated a racial equity strategic plan for District 88. He also helped develop an equity action plan for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, aimed at creating county-wide programs. He co-founded the Black Educators Network of Suburban Chicago, which shares best practices for creating a culture of academic success for African-American students, is a member of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders (ICEEL), and has presented his equity research at a variety of national education conferences.
“Dr. Ammons has done impressive work at the national, state, and local levels around racial equity and its intersection with education,” Dr. Pruitt-Adams said. “He has a passion for education, collaboration, and--most importantly--students. With his ability to teach both students and adults, and his solid grounding in racial equity work, he will be a tremendous asset as the district strives to achieve excellence and equity for all students.”
Dr. Ammons earned his doctorate of education in ethical leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, with a dissertation entitled "Racial Socialization: Relationship between Black Identity, Perceptions of Discrimination, and Academic Outcomes." He has a master’s in school counseling and guidance from Lewis University, and currently is completing an additional master’s in the principal preparation program at Concordia University. He holds a bachelor‘s in criminal justice from Quincy University. Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Ammons served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a finance specialist.