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Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Kenneth Spells

 Dr. Kenneth Spells became the Superintendent of the Hazel Crest 152 ½ School District on July 1st, 2019. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Dr. Spells has a proven track record of improving student achievement and community engagement. He has experience at all levels. Dr. Spells has been a superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary principal, middle school assistant principal, social studies teacher, adjunct professor, and head basketball coach.


Hazel Crest 152 ½ 

Superintendent of Schools


South Bend School Corporation, South Bend, Indiana  

Superintendent of Schools


Alton Community Unit School District 11, Alton, Illinois

Superintendent of Schools


Assistant Superintendent


Jacksonville School District 117, Jacksonville, Illinois

Elementary Principal, Lincoln Elementary (K-6)


Alton Community Unit School District 11, Alton, Illinois

Assistant Principal, East Middle School (6-8)


Decatur School District 61, Decatur, Illinois

Administrative Intern

January 2001-June 2001

Orangeburg 3 School District, Orangeburg, South Carolina

Social Studies Teacher


Richland 1 School District, Columbia, South Carolina  

Social Studies Teacher


Columbus County Schools, Whiteville, North Carolina  

Social Studies Teacher

1-98 to 6-98


Maryville University, Saint Louis, Missouri

Doctorate-Educational Leadership

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

Masters and Specialist- Education Administration

 Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science-History and Physical Education


Illinois Association of School Administrators

American Association of School Administrators


Special Resolution-South Bend Common Council 2019

Team South Bend Award-Citizens for Better Government 2019

Alton Wall of Fame 2019

Trailblazer Award Deliverance Temple Complex 2016

EIU Alumni Association-Distinguished Educator Award 2015

ISBE-Those Who Excel Award of Excellence 2015

MAPO-Community Service Award 2013

Madison County Urban League-Community Service 2013

NAACP-Educational Leadership Award 2008 and 2012

Coalition of Concerned Citizens-Educational Leadership Award 2010

100 Black Men of Alton, Man of the Year 2008

 Region 5 Coach of the Year 2001

Superintendent’s Award for Coaching 1998

South Carolina 4-A State Basketball Champions  


Dr. Kenneth Spells

Superintendent of Schools

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Denischia Cooper

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools

Email: [email protected]

Mrs. Shaquilla Adams

District Administrative Assistant

Email: [email protected]