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Dr. Michael Lubefield


Dr. Nick Polyack

Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109).  he earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on Effective Instruction in Middle School Social Studies. He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership.


Nick is the proud superintendent of the award-winning Leyden Community High School District 212.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, his Masters from Governors State University, and his Ed.D. from Loyola University Chicago. He has been a classroom teacher and coach, a building and district level administrator, a School Board member, and a superintendent for the past eight years in both central Illinois and suburban Chicago.


Both Mike and Nick earned an IASA School of Advanced Leadership Fellowship and they also graduated from the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program. They can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld and @npolyak, and they co-moderate #suptchat - the monthly superintendent educational chat on Twitter. They co-authored the 2017 Rowman & Littlefield book The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today. They co-authored the 2018 Rowman & Littlefield book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable with fellow Illinois superintendent PJ Caposey. Mike has been married to his wife Stephanie for the past 14 years and they have two children. Nick has been married to his wife Kate for the past 17 years and they have four children.  

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