Calhoun schools superintendent Sievers strives to improve young lives
Kate Sievers feels blessed to serve as superintendent of Calhoun Unit 40 school district.
“I have a wonderful job,” Sievers told West Central Reporter. “It allows me to spend time with a wonderful staff, awesome students and a superstar school board. I have one main goal: to leave this district in a much better place than when I was hired – better financially, academically and socially. I hope that I continue to have students come back and thank me for the time they got to spend with me. Making a difference in a person’s life is grandiose compared to any other accomplishments I could list.”
Sievers was hired as superintendent in the fall of 2012 and officially took over in January 2013.
“[My] responsibilities include leading the district in a positive manner and ensuring all local, state and federal laws are adhered too; at the same time offering the best education possible to the students of Calhoun CUSD #40,” she said.
Sievers was born in Alton, raised in Hardin and currently lives in Brussels. She holds a bachelor of science degree in business/finance, a master of science degree in secondary education/business/technology, and a master of science degree in reading from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also has a doctorate in education from Maryville University in St. Louis.
“I actually began my career [in 1996] as a high school girls’ basketball coach and loved it,” she said. “I was working for a bank at the time and felt the tug to try the educational field and have been in education ever since.”
Sievers is an an active board member of the Calhoun Community Swimming Pool Association, active member of Blessed Trinity Parish and an active board member of the Calhoun County Alumni Foundation.
“The Calhoun community is very important to me,” Sievers said. “My husband and I both come from large families and most have been born and raised in the Calhoun community. It is vital that we continue to make our community a place where young folks will be attracted to move here and raise their families too. I joke with many of my colleagues that I live in God’s Country – but I truly believe I do. Calhoun is very unique and has many wonderful things to offer.”
Sievers enjoys spending time with her family, taking vacations, participating in water activities such as swimming and boating, and playing golf.
“I also enjoy my faith community here in Calhoun,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for better people to surround myself with.”