Dr. Kris Hall
Dr. Kris Hall

Phone: 815-858-2203


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education) & Master of Education (Reading) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. (Educational Administration) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Superintendent endorsement and an evaluator’s license in Iowa.

Dr. Kris Hall

Background:  This is my third year as CTE Academy Director and my 42nd year in education (Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois).  I have been an elementary, middle school, and high school teacher; reading specialist; talented and gifted coordinator; elementary principal; central office administrator; and transportation manager.  I retired (3/30/18) after 28 years in the Dubuque Community School District in Dubuque.  My retirement lasted three months.

My first, two years as CTE Academy Director have been a challenge and rewarding at the same time.  I have learned so much and have so much more to learn about Career Technical Education (CTE) and the Illinois educational system (all NEW acronyms to learn).  The talented CTE Academy staff have been a valuable resource and open to brainstorming and change.  Thank you!  The CTE Academy:  Home of the Seekers!

I was the Table Mound Elementary School Principal in Dubuque for nine years.  Table Mound Elementary is one of the original New American Schools Development Corporation sites for Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound (ELOB), a school reform design. 

As a seven-year, central office administrator (Executive Director), my duties included equity and diversity (harassment, bullying, and discrimination incident reports), safety and security, and wellness (activities/athletics, food service, and health services).  I was also the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Section 504 and Title IX Compliance Officer; and Level I Investigator for Iowa Administrative Code 280-102.  I was the chairperson of the district's Education Equity Advisory Committee and coordinated the district’s co-mediation services and school/business partnerships.  I was also the liaison for the district’s Foundation and the City of Dubuque’s “faces & voices” initiative.

I have a Bachelor of Science (Elementary Education) and Master of Education (Reading) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. (Educational Administration) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  I hold a superintendent’s and evaluator’s license in Illinois and Iowa. 

I was the chairperson of the Dubuque Community School District's Safety and Security Committee.  The Safety & Security Committee membership included Emergency Personnel from the City of Dubuque, City of Asbury, Dubuque County, and Jackson County.   The committee also included representatives from the Dubuque Community School District, Western Dubuque School District, Holy Family Catholic Schools, Emmaus College, Clarke University, Loras College, and the University of Dubuque.

There are certain words and phrases we will always carry with us into the “new normal:”  Coronavirus; COVID-19; challenging; face coverings/masks; fluid; metrics; mitigation; in-person and remote learning; pandemic; positivity-rate; social distancing; stay-at-home; unprecedented; Restore Illinois; and many, many more.  Our thoughts are with the individuals and families in the United States and around the world impacted by COVID-19.  Our thoughts and sincere thanks are with our 1st Responders, health professionals, front-line workers, and volunteers!  We cannot thank them enough!

Thank you to our CTE Academy students and families for participating in Remote Learning this spring!  We sincerely appreciate your patience, support, and understanding during these challenging and unprecedented times.  We’re looking forward to welcoming back our Juniors and welcoming our incoming Juniors on Wednesday, August 19, 2020!

Seniors:  We congratulate our Seniors and wish them success!  Thank you for spending time with us and we’re genuinely sorry we were unable to finish your Senior year with you!  Congratulations to our CTE Academy Outstanding Students of the 4th Quarter and

Outstanding Students of the Year!  Sorry we were unable to have our assemblies to congratulate everyone in person!

CTE Academy Foundation:  A $10,000 gift from Emily and Kevin Nicolin (in honor of Emily’s father, Roger Stoddard) launched a new fund for the Jo Daviess Carroll CTE Academy this week (formerly the Area Vocational Center). The gift will start a fund called the CTE Academy Foundation to support capital improvements to the CTE Academy buildings and grounds as well as support for educational programs and materials.  The Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County will administer the fund and support the CTE Academy’s efforts to raise funds for facility improvements.

“June 1, 2020 Press Release

CTE Academy Receives $500,000 Gift

Elizabeth, IL – The Jo Daviess Carroll CTE Academy (formerly the Area Vocational Center) announced that they have received a $500,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor. The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations received to support capital and programming improvements at the CTE Academy. The funds will be placed in the CTE Academy Foundation, a fund at the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County.”

The CTE Academy Foundation will raise funds for a series of needed improvements to program areas including our Early Childhood Education/Little Learners classroom and Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management kitchen; as well as facility improvements including LED lighting, solar energy, HVAC, tuckpointing, and security systems.  The effort to start a CTE Academy Foundation has been in the works since the summer of 2018.

Gifts to the CTE Academy Foundation can be made in any amount online on the Community Foundation website at or by writing a check to: Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County, P.O. Box 77, Elizabeth, IL 61028, write CTEA Foundation in the memo.

CTE Academy Board of Control:  I wish to thank our Jo Daviess Carrol Career Technical Education (CTE) Academy Board of Control (BOC) for their guidance, leadership, support, and time throughout the 2019-2020 school year!  Very much appreciated!  Thank you!

Galena School District:  Interim Superintendents Steve Bianchetta & Craig Mathers

River Ridge School District:  Raymie Diestelmeier and Superintendent Brad Albrecht

Regional Office of Education #8:  Superintendent Aaron Mercier

Scales Mound School District:  Superintendent Dr. Bill Caron

Stockton School District:  Superintendent Colleen Fox

Warren School District:  Superintendent Dr. Shawn Teske

West Carroll School District:  Superintendent Julie Katzenberger

I also wish to thank East Dubuque School District Superintendent, TJ Potts and Lena-Winslow School District Superintendent, Dr. Tom Chiles for their service on the Education for Employment (EFE) #160 Board of Control.  Very much appreciated!  Thank you!

Thank You:  Thank you to the CTE Academy students, families, and staff.  Thank you to the EFE #160 Principals, Counselors, CTE Instructors, and Bookkeepers!  Especially our Administrative Assistant, Sue Meusel!  We couldn’t do this withOUT Sue.  Sue has been an employee of the Jo Daviess Carroll Area Vocational Center/Career Technical Education (CTE) Academy for 41 years (42 in March 0f 2021).  A special thank you to our CTE Academy Instructors for their dedication and professionalism and during in-person and remote learning:

David Albrecht (Auto Technology )

Shane Grissinger (Computer Networking & Security)

William Connor (Construction Technology)

Mike Kuzniar (Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement)

Stacy Kloss (Early Childhood Education)

Irene Thraen-Borowski (Graphic Communications & Cooperative Education)

Karen Koester (Health Occupations)

We say Goodbye and Thanks to Irene Thraen-Borowski:  Ms. T. has been the Graphic Communications Instructor since 2008.  She also facilitates our website, facebook page, & has been a National Art Honor Society Advisor.  So much of the energy and inspiration in the CTE Academy is attributed to Irene!  There is only one (1) Ms. T. and she will be missed tremendously.  We wish her the BEST in her NEW position in the Galena School District!

We Welcome Ms. Nicole Koester:  Nicole was offered and accepted the position of CTE Academy Graphic Communications Instructor on Friday, May 15, 2020.  Ms. Koester holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Interactive Media from the University of Dubuque. 

Nicole is also the owner of Orange Anchor Photography in Galena.  Welcome, Nicole!  P.S.  She attended the Jo Daviess Carroll Area Vocational Center for Graphic Communications!

I look forward to my third year as the Eagle Ridge Vocational Delivery System and Career Technical Education (CTE) Academy Director.  This will be an extremely challenging year whether in-person and/or remote learning!  Our 1st priority is the safety of our CTE Academy students and staff followed closely with providing exceptional Career Technical Education to our students!  What we do here matters!

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Thank you!  Take care!  Be safe!  Be well!

  • Kris Hall, CTE Academy Director ( or 815 858-2203 X122)