Meet the superintendent

A message from Dr. Jeff Craig

Welcome to West Aurora School District 129, where we believe in equity and opportunity for all! I would like to share some information about myself, what I believe in, and how my background and experiences are put to work for the students in West Aurora.

I joined West Aurora School District 129 as superintendent in July of 2014. Previously, I served as superintendent of Interstate 35 Community School District in Truro, Iowa, which is near Des Moines.  Prior to that I was principal for 11 years at three large, comprehensive high schools: Oswego East, Rich East, and Central Davenport. I am proud to say that under my leadership, both math and reading scores in those buildings increased on the Prairie State Achievement Exams.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Education-Industrial Arts from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago, and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Illinois-Champaign. I graduated from Richards High School in Oak Lawn, where I feel honored to have been named a Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Wrestling has played an important part in my life. I wrestled on a high school state championship team and later lettered in the sport at Northern Illinois University. Those experiences inspired me to become a high school wrestling coach. I have been a member of various state, national, and international wrestling officials associations, and assisted in the leadership, organization, and direction of the wrestling portion of the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta, Georgia. 

We are diligently working to build strong cohesive teams, provide strong leadership, and deliver accurate and timely communication. Our school district leaders will provide the necessary supports for teachers in order to increase student achievement, which is our primary objective. Additionally, our administration will continue to foster positive relationships throughout the district. We are proud to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment for all of our students and staff.