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Carrie Stacy Named Director of Special Education

Carrie Stacy Named Director of Special Education

It wasn’t that long ago that Carrie Stacy was walking the halls of the schools in North Palos District 117 as a student. Fast-forward some three decades and Mrs. Stacy is back in the district as part of a leadership team charged with providing all 3,500 students with a high-quality education.

Mrs. Stacy is the new director of special education, a position that allows her to support both the Teaching and Learning and Pupil Personnel departments.

“I’m so excited about being part of a leadership team that is dedicated to all the students in this district,” she said. “I’m especially excited to be able to focus on assisting students with disabilities.”

Mrs. Stacy said she was drawn to a career in special education since her high school days at Stagg High School. She volunteered to work with special education students in their gym classes as well as volunteered to assist with the Special Olympics. 

“I am honored to be part of the team of teachers and PPS staff at North Palos. The team is at the heart of special education and North Palos has the best team around,” Mrs. Stacy said. 

She said she remembers with clarity one particular boy named Russell who was in a wheelchair. In gym class, two people, one on each side, would walk with him around the gym. A couple of years later, Russell was walking around the school gym on his own.

“That’s why I got involved in special education,” Mrs. Stacy said. “For people like Russell.”

She has been part of North Palos District 117 for nearly 20 years. Mrs. Stacy began her career teaching special education and spent 10 years in that role before teaching second grade and then becoming a team leader.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Special Education and her master’s degree from St. Xavier University in Elementary Education. She received a Director of Special Education endorsement from Northern Illinois University.

Mrs. Stacy and her husband Tim live in Oak Forest with their two daughters, Shannon, 10, and Lahna, 7. The family enjoys vacationing in Michigan, campfires, and attending their daughters’ soccer games, swimming meets and martial arts competitions.