Dr. Thomas Bertrand, superintendent of Rochester Community Unit District 3A, has been selected the 2015 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA).
The award was presented Sunday (November 23) during the Joint Annual Conference in Chicago co-sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the IASA.
Bertrand has been an educator for 28 years, including serving as a teacher, coach, principal and assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent in Rochester in 2002.
Bertrand is only the fifth superintendent in Rochester since 1936.
Bertrand said his most important guiding goal has been to develop a culture of “kids first, high expectations and continuous improvement” in the K-12 district of about 2,400 students. Rochester students regularly outperform the state average by a wide margin according to the State Interactive Report Card and also have been high achievers in sports, music and the arts....