|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2001
18, 2001 -- State Superintendent of Education
Glenn W. McGee has appointed Dr. Christopher A. Koch (cook)
to be Acting Deputy Superintendent for Special Education
for the State Board of Education.
has worked for ISBE since 1994, previously
served the agency as Division Administrator of the LRE
(Least Restrictive Environment) Division
of the Special Education Center, where he was responsible
for special education compliance and monitoring of Chicago
School District 299 and implementation for the Corey H.
Koch has demonstrated a wealth of knowledge of the needs of students
in special education programs and he has skillfully handled two
previous leadership positions in the agency,” McGee said. “I
am delighted that he has accepted this position of increased
responsibility for serving the special education community.
seven years experience as a special educator includes teaching
in four states in various settings - an Outward Bound program,
a college preparatory school, a youth detention center, a psychiatric
hospital and a church-sponsored day school. He
also served with the U. S. Education Department’s Office of Vocational
and Technical Education where he administered programs in correctional
education and School-to-Work (STW) transition.
a former policy advisor for ISBE, he helped secure STW funding
for Illinois and the City of Chicago and provided leadership
in developing partnerships within and outside the agency.
is a graduate of Brown County High
School in Mt. Sterling and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He
holds master’s and doctorate degrees in special Education from
George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Koch replaces Gordon Riffel, who recently resigned as Deputy Superintendent for Special Education.