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David Moyer

Titles: Superintendent

Ellen Walsh

Titles: Executive Assistant for the Superintendent


Mark Cohen

Titles: Asst Supt for Human Resource

Scott Grens

Titles: Asst Supt of Innovation and Gr

Mariann Lemke

Titles: Director of Res/Assess/Qual

David Moyer

Titles: Superintendent

Beverly Redmond

Titles: Director of Communication

David Smith

Titles: Director of Technology

Nikki Tammaru

Titles: Asst Supt Learn & Lead Dev/L&T

Christopher Whelton

Titles: Asst Supt of Finance

A Message from the Superintendent

Happy Halloween! If you thought “Boo Season” was the official start to the holiday season, the Hallmark Channel wants you to know that you are wrong. According to its calendar, the holiday season began several weeks ago already.

District 205 launched Thrive D205: A School and Community Wellness Partnership in September with guest speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of the book How to Raise an Adult. The event was well-attended and followed up by a PTA sponsored showing of the movie Angst in October. The goal of Thrive D205 is to establish a shared belief system for quality education that embraces whole child development. In so doing, the school and community can work together collectively to help reduce the stress and anxiety levels of students, which have been increasing rapidly in recent years.

A third community engagement event, which will feature a student panel, information session, and feedback opportunity for participants is scheduled for November 18, at Bryan Middle School at 7:00 p.m.

The District would like to thank its community partners: the D205 Public Schools Foundation, the Elmhurst Children's Assistance Foundation, the Elmhurst Commission on Youth, the Elmhurst Rotary Club, the Elmhurst Lions Club, the Elmhurst Public Library, and Elmhurst Presbyterian Church.

The Thrive D205 Steering Committee identified three goals: 1) Develop a homework policy for grades 6-12 by this spring for implementation in 2020-21; 2) Explore the possibility of limiting post-secondary experiences in high school (possible implementation beginning in 2021-22; and 3) Study adjusting start times so that high school students begin their day later. Four Sub-Committees have been formed to support the work: Academic, Community Engagement, Start Times, and Student Services.

The Role of Assessment

When considering factors that increase stress and anxiety in students, one of the areas educators have the most ability to influence is how they assess students. Concerns about equity and growth are certainly critical when looking at assessment practices, but another important issue related to assessment that we must acknowledge is that students have an emotional attachment to their assessment results. The quest for grades can increase anxiety levels among students, and, if at any point they become discouraged and choose to stop trying, the learning stops. Improving assessment will be a major focus of our work in the District going forward.

Eric Sheninger recently posted this video blog on the topic of assessment on Twitter. It is a good primer to spur thought and begin the conversation.

Updated October 28, 2019

You can follow the excitement at our individual school sites on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and you can catch the District action by following us on Facebook or on Twitter at @ElmhurstD205 and our hashtag #IgniteD205. Follow my blog at

Dr. David A. Moyer Biography

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The 2019-20 school year marks Dr. David Moyer’s fifth as the superintendent of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205.  Moyer has 21 previous years of school administrator experience spanning seven school districts in two states.  He has nine prior years of superintendent experience, and has served as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and athletic director.  Dr. Moyer is under contract through the 2022-23 school year.

Under his leadership, an intensive four-year community engagement effort resulted in the successful passage of a $168.5M referendum on November 6, 2018.  District 205 has been recognized as one of the most innovative districts in the country.  Last year D205 was one of 20 districts selected to participate in the inaugural Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network, a joint venture of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and the Successful Practices Network, a branch of the International Center for Leadership in Education and by Harvard University to participate in its Scaling for Impact project.  In the summer of 2018, Moyer was among 30 educators from across the country to receive a scholarship from Education First to travel to Finland and study its education system.

Since arriving in Elmhurst, Moyer has led multiple efforts to improve instruction and student achievement, including the addition of instructional coaches in all buildings and a comprehensive redesign of middle school programming.  In 2018-19, D205 added Dual Language Spanish Immersion and Project Lead the Way to its programming. This year, D205 will launch a Business Incubator program at York High School and beginning with the 2020-21 school year, D205 will offer an all-day kindergarten option for the first time.  Curriculum renewal efforts have focused on interdisciplinary learning; rigor; increased STEM opportunities; increased access to grade level and advanced curriculum for all students; and a consistent, systematic approach to interventions and enrichment opportunities for learners across the District.

Dr. Moyer was recognized at the Governor’s Executive Mansion as a Superintendent of Distinction in the State of Illinois on April 21, 2015.  His previous district, Moline-Coal Valley, was recognized in July 2015 as a District of Distinction by District Administration for its work in the area of Administrator Capacity Building.

Dr. Moyer has presented at numerous state and national conferences, including this past June at the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model Schools Conference on the topic Innovation in Schools:  A Systems Approach, and in February at the AASA’s National Conference on Education.  His article “Creating Coherence with Instructional Rounds” was published in the December 2017 issue of School Administrator.  He served on the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ Student Growth Sub-Committee and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Work Team to develop a new statewide principal evaluation system.

Dr. Moyer earned a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in 2004. He holds Master’s degrees in Educational Administration from NIU and Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. An English major, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Moyer has worked as an instructor for Aurora University and Western Illinois University.  He was inducted into the Sheboygan A’s Baseball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015.  A former drummer and rock and roll fanatic, Moyer has seen Bob Dylan perform live 44 times.

Moyer resides in Elmhurst with his wife Donna, and has five adult children.  Two are gainfully employed, one attends graduate school, and two are in college.

2019-2020 Superintendent's Cabinet

2019-2020 D205 Cabinet

D205 Operational Plan

First page of the PDF file: OperationalPlan2019-2022

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205: A National Leader in Future Ready Learning

District Vision Statement 

All students graduate College, Career, and Life Ready.

District Mission Statement

Accelerate learning for all students.

FOIA Requests

In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the designated officer for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is Ellen M. Walsh. 

All requests made under the provisions outlined in FOIA legislation, should be sent to the attention of Ellen M. Walsh via mail at District 205 Center, 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or via email at