Meet the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development

Dr. Nancy Spaniak has worked at Homewood-Flossmoor since 2004, first as a Reading Coordinator, then as the Reading Department Chairperson and currently as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development. Previously, she worked at her alma mater, Rich Central High School, as an English teacher and reading specialist. Nancy earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s degree, reading specialist certification and educational administration certification from Governors State University. She recently completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at National Louis University.


The best thing about working at Homewood-Flossmoor?

“In alignment with its mission to improve the quality of each student’s life, H-F’s curricular offerings are second to none in the Southland region. In addition to meeting core graduation requirements in a variety of classes designed to push students to challenge themselves to their utmost ability, students can also take advantage of an array of supports developed to pull them through to success. Beyond the core courses, H-F offers a broad selection of electives, which allow students to explore their interests and develop their talents in the areas of Applied Academics, English, Fine Arts, Math Physical Educaiton, Reading, Social Science, Science and World Language. With well over 200 course offerings, H-F truly has something for everyone!,” says Nancy.

Awards/honors received:

  • Jim Montgomery Instructional Leadership Award Recipient — click here!
  • Member of the English Language Arts America Diploma Project Core Content Standards Committee for the State of Illinois (2009)
  • Coordinator of the MAPPS Teacher Team (2005–2009), which won the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Excellence (2009)
  • Recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Excellence for developing Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School’s Reading Program (2006)
  • Consistent “Excellent” Performance Ratings as a teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School (2004 – 2008)
  • Consistent “Outstanding” Evaluations from Rich Central High School (1992-2004)
  • Recipient of the Spirit of Rich Central Faculty, awarded by the Olympia Fields Enhancement Organization (2002)
  • Recipient of the American Association of School Administrators Leadership for Learning Award, Honorable Mention for District 227’s RAMP (2002)
  • Rich Central Excellence in Teaching Award Finalist (2001)
  • Rich Central Hall of Fame Inductee (2001)
  • Recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Award of Recognition for Rich Central High School’s Team Success (2000)
  • Golden Apple Nominee (1994)
  • Governor’s State University Outstanding English Graduate Student (1994)