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RPS Announces Hires, Promotions


​Rockford Public Schools would like to highlight recent hires and promotions:​

Ashleigh Van Thiel was hired July 29 as Director of Talent Development for the Rockford Public Schools. Previously she was Midwest Regional Vice President of Lighthouse Academies, overseeing schools and coaching principals in Chicago and Milwaukee. 

Pilar Peigh was promoted Aug. 22 to Executive Director of Talent Acquisition. After arriving in the district in 2012, she worked as an assistant principal in the speech and language department. Before that, Peigh was a speech and language pathologist, community college teacher and principal in New Hampshire.

Several teachers graduated from the Grow Your Own program. New to the district this year are Kevin Bruce at Beyer Elementary School and Elizabeth Wilson at Spring Creek. Starla Copeland at King Elementary and Tomas Garza at RESA Middle School are program graduates who started last year. Grow Your Own is a state-funded, innovative partnership of community organizations, higher education institutions and school districts that helps parents, community members and paraprofessionals in low-income communities become highly qualified teachers.

RPS has hired eight staff members from Spain this year. They are Beatriz Caballero, Dennis Early Childhood; Francisco “Paco” Gonzalez, King Elementary; Leticia Hernandez, speech and language pathologist; Raquel Jardon, East High School; Natalia Ledesma, Summerdale Early Childhood; Pilar Munera, Two-Way Language Immersion at Barbour; Livia Navarro, Lathrop Elementary; and Ana Romero, Hillman Elementary.​​​