Superintendent's Letter to the Community

January 2020

As the new superintendent of Glenbrook District 225, I have been fortunate to spend the last half of this year getting to know those who make our district thrive – our community, our staff, and our students. 

Over the course of these months, I have witnessed the incredible array of talents that radiate throughout our classrooms, activities, arts, and athletics. Observing our students as they pursue their passions, my applause only continues to grow louder. This winter, I’ve enjoyed the spirit in the room as GBN and GBS competed in a wrestling meet against one another; I was moved by the incredible support of peers as our Teaching Life Skills (TLS) students performed Willy Wonka on stage; I felt the excitement of the GBS pep assembly and the energy as faculty were incorporated into the fun; and, I was astounded by the skills of our second-year Spanish students at GBN.

In my short time in the community, I’ve witnessed firsthand the tremendous pride our residents, businesses and families have for the Glenbrook schools. This pride is the result of decades of hard work and dedication to excellence. The community is supportive; our staff is dedicated, and our students are determined. As 2020 gets into full swing, I plan to continue my goals for the district of honoring the past, enjoying the present, and working to create the future. 

It is of the utmost importance to me, as we accomplish these goals, that our students are safe, supported, and positioned to achieve their dreams. Providing our students with the best means possible to continue their growth and development after high school is our key responsibility. Enabling young people to grasp ways that they can create an exciting and compelling future for themselves and their community is part of our mission. Our students are problem-finders, problem-solvers, and above all, they are leaders – leaders of their peers, leaders of their community, and leaders of their future.

I cannot thank everyone enough for the warm welcome. As I continue my journey on the leadership team at the Glenbrooks, I will never be done learning and we will never be done improving. I would love to hear your stories – your treasured memories of our district’s history, something that brings you joy in this community, and your aspirations for the future. 


Dr. Charles Johns 

The Office of the Superintendent oversees all operations of the district including academics, human resources, business operations, technology, communications, and special education. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board of Education and is charged with maintaining the mission of the district.