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Bio - Mrs. Yolanda Payne

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Yolanda has been the Director of Special Services of Hazel Crest School District since 2011. Prior to joining Hazel Crest School District,152.5. Yolanda was an Administrator for Chicago Public Schools. Yolanda has held several positions within education: including Principal, Assistant Principal, Guidance Counselor, Case Manager and Elementary teacher.  Yolanda is a life-long learner seeking academic excellence for herself, staff, and students.



Bachelor of Arts in Business: 1991

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston Illinois

Master of Arts in Special Education: 1998

Chicago State University. Chicago Illinois

Master of Science in Administration in Principal Leadership Program: 2002

Chicago State University. Chicago Illinois

Master of Science in Education/School Counselling/Mental Health: 2007

Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN

Endorsement in Learning Behavior Specialist I: 2009

Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Illinois

Endorsement in Director of Special Education: 2014

St. Francis University, Joliet Illinois

Endorsement in Superintendency: 2017

Concordia University, Chicago Illinois

Superintendent EDS Program: 2021(in progress)

Concordia University, Chicago Illinois

Mrs. Yolanda Payne