Dear Colleagues and Friends,
As I reflect on my professional journey, I want to take this moment to thank you
for being part of a most rewarding career in education. Over the course of 50
years with the Department of Education, I have cherished the wonderful
friendships I have made — as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and finally
as your superintendent.

For the past 13 years in District 20, serving the dedicated professionals,
hardworking students, and wonderful families has been a privilege, particularly
since I grew up in District 20, attending elementary, middle and high school here.
Supporting the work of outstanding administrators and staff — who are
passionately committed to providing the best learning opportunities for all of our
students, continually inspiring them and preparing them for a bright and
successful future — has been an honor. We have been able to accomplish this
with a talented, supportive, and skilled District Team. I know that they will
continue their commitment and dedication to the schools, nurturing environments
where all students are motivated to succeed.

As I approach my retirement date of August 31st, I know my career has been
enriched by your support, friendship, and our shared aim: to make a meaningful
and lasting difference in children’s lives.

I wish you all the best and continued success in your personal and professional
endeavors. I will think of the District often with fond memories as I begin this
next chapter of my life.

“Hope is that thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.”
Emily Dickenson

Warm regards,
Karina Costantino