The Madison Metropolitan Board of Education announced today that it has selected Dr. Jennifer Cheatham as Superintendent of Schools, pending successful contract negotiations.
“Jennifer Cheatham is a visionary leader with an excellent track record on narrowing the achievement gap,” Board President James Howard said. “She is passionate and determined while being collaborative and inclusive. She is an excellent choice for our district and will take MMSD where it needs to go.”
“I consider it an honor and privilege to serve the Madison community,” Cheatham said. “I look forward to working together to ensure that every child attends a thriving school that prepares them for college and career. I enjoyed the opportunity to answer important and thoughtful questions from the public, and I look forward to working for a community that cares so deeply about public education.”
Dr. Cheatham is currently the Chief of Instruction for Chicago Public Schools. Her focus is on systemic improvement in urban school districts. Her expertise lies in developing instructional alignment and coherence aimed at achieving breakthrough results in student learning. Cheatham has also worked as a Chief Area Officer for Chicago Public Schools, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for San Diego City Schools, and a coach and professional developer for the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative. Cheatham also served as a teacher in the Newark Unified School District.
On Thursday, Cheatham had a final interview with the Board, met with district staff, visited a school and participated in a community forum.
“We want to thank community members for participating in the forum, asking tough questions and giving us your comments,” Howard said. “After seeing Dr. Cheatham meet members of the community and district staff we are even more impressed with what she can offer Madison schools. She is the right leader for our district.”