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Superintendent's Welcome


Mr. Doughan

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Saunemin Elementary School and Saunemin School District 438. We at Saunemin Elementary School are dedicated to providing quality instruction using the most up-to-date curriculum and tools available to ensure our students can compete in this 21st Century world. Not only do we focus on quality instruction, but also on the whole child through our social emotional curriculum that gives our students tools to overcome the pressures that exist in our world. Becoming a life-long learner is not only a quality we are instilling in our students but also a quality I consistently instill in both myself and in my staff.

While I am new to Saunemin School District, I am not new to the area or the field of education. I grew up in Odell where I attended St. Paul School and later Pontiac Township High School. I have spent the last 20 years in Paris, IL where I taught high school English for 14 years before becoming an administrator. I have spent the last six years as an elementary Principal in Paris where I was responsible for the PreK-2nd programs for Paris Union School District 95.

In my time in education I have seen a great deal of changes meant to better student learning. Some have; some have not. Regardless of the mandates, the curriculum, the technology, the testing, etc. we as educators must never lose sight of the most important part of our jobs, our students and their families. As your Superintendent, it is my job to ensure that I am making decisions based on what is best for students whether it be what curriculums to use, what technology to bring into the classrooms, or what teachers to hire to initiate it all. These are all decisions I take very seriously and evaluate constantly.

I look forward to serving the students, faculty, staff, parents, and Saunemin School District community. Even though I have only been in my new position since August 1st, I already feel the great sense of pride that the community has in its school and district.  I look forward to fostering and growing that for our current and future students.


Please reach out to me with questions or concerns.  My door is always open.



Gary Doughan


Saunemin Community Consolidated School District 438