Dr. Westerhold has been an educator for more than 40 years. She retired from Community Consolidated School District 62 in Des Plaines, IL in 2016 after serving as superintendent for 11 years. One of her many major accomplishments includes overseeing the successful completion and opening of a comprehensive early learning center, which was named in her honor in 2015 as the Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center. Dr. Westerhold is also passionate about preparing students to be globally competitive and became the driving force behind the digital transformation in teaching and learning in District 62. Dr. Westerhold has served many community and educational organizations. She was the 2015 President of IASA, served on the AASA Governing Board, serves on the National Board for NCERT, and is a past Executive Committee member for District Administrators Leadership Institute (DALI). Dr. Westerhold served as the Interim Superintendent in North Shore School District 112, Highland Park, IL during the 2017 and 2018 school years, and as the Co-Interim Superintendent for Deerfield Public Schools 109 in Deerfield, Illinois during the 2020-21 school year.
In addition to being named Illinois Superintendent of the Year in 2013, her other honors include the Illinois Those Who Excel Award of Excellence (2013), AASA’s Distinguished Service Award (2018), the School Business Officials Presidential Award (2015) and the Illinois National School Public Relations Association Distinguished Service Award (2013).