Denise Thrasher

Denise Thrasher

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Education Program


Denise Thrasher is assistant superintendent for students and special services at Wilmette Public School District 39, where she has served for seven years. Prior to joining the Wilmette administrative team, Thrasher was the low incidence coordinator in a large northwest Chicago suburb for four years, bringing 27 years of administrative and teaching experience from a large urban school district in Ohio to that role. Her research interest is reading instruction for students with cognitive disabilities.

In her current role in Wilmette, Thrasher facilitates several initiatives including Response to Intervention, maintaining an inclusive special education program, and establishing practices and supports to improve school security and safety. Under her leadership, the use of technology to enhance instruction, communication and student growth in students with IEPs and English Language Learners has expanded. Strategic planning for professional development for certified and non-certified staff on curriculum, behavior supports and strategies is another area of focus. Thrasher serves as the district representative on the Village of Wilmette’s Human Relations Commission. She is an active member of Council for Exceptional Children, Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, and Council of Administrators of Special Education. 



Year Degree Institution
BA, Science Elementary and Deaf Education Bowling Green State University
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction Northern Illinois University
MA, Special Education Administration The Ohio State University
MA, Educational Leadership and Organizational Change Roosevelt University

Research Interests

Reading instruction for students with disabilities

Last Updated: 2015-07-29 10:01:22